Sharing Time Idea from the 2018 Outline
Identify the doctrine (singing a song): Write on the board, “If I keep the ______________, I can live with Heavenly Father again.” Hum “Keep the Commandments” (CS, 146). Invite the children to stand when they recognize the song and join in humming. Ask: “What do we need to do to live with Heavenly Father again?” Write “commandments” in the space on the board. Invite the children to sing the song with you.
Encourage understanding (discussing commandments): Invite a few children to share some rules their parents have made that keep their family members safe. Ask: “What happens when you obey the rules?” Write their ideas on the board. Explain that parents show love when they establish rules. Ask: “What happens when we obey Heavenly Father’s commandments?” Write some of the children’s comments on the board. Explain that just as obeying their parents’ rules will keep them safe, obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments will help keep them safe. Bear your testimony that if we obey the commandments, we will be able to return to live with Him again.
Encourage application (reading scriptures): Give each child a pencil and a piece of paper divided into four sections, with one of the following scripture references written in each section: D&C 1:37, D&C 10:5, D&C 59:9–10, and D&C 119:4. Ask the children to read each scripture together as a class, discuss the commandment it describes, and draw a picture of that commandment on their papers. When they are finished, invite the children to share how keeping the commandments will help them prepare to live with Heavenly Father again.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week I have another fun Sharing Time Idea that the children are sure to enjoy. I looked back at some of my previous ideas and found a fun, and yummy, idea that I decided to update and change a little bit for this week. I hope you enjoy my “Commandment Cookie” February 2018 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea.
Commandment Object Lesson
To begin your lesson I thought this object lesson would be a great way to demonstrate why commandments/instructions are important. For this idea you will need several objects (4-6) on a table at the front of the room. Some examples: Socks, gloves, shampoo, chocolate syrup, etc. For each item you will need to write up simple instructions. Here’s an example of the instructions you could use:
Shampoo: Open the bottle and pour a small amount into your hair. Scrub your hair until you get a nice lather. Make sure to get the soap in all of your hair to get your hair nice & clean. Then rinse with water thoroughly.
Show the children the different items and explain that each of these objects has instructions/rules to help us know how to use them correctly. Invite a child up to choose an item. Then read the instructions and have them act out the instructions.
To help them learn just how important instructions are, I thought it would be fun to mix up the instructions, so if the child picked the chocolate syrup you would read the instructions for the shampoo. Just make sure they don’t actually pour chocolate syrup onto their head, it might be a good idea to have an empty bottle, haha. The children will most likely laugh and say, “That’s the wrong instructions!”
You could then ask them which item your instructions go with. Then invite another child to come to the front and have them pick another object, read the instructions, and have them demonstrate/act it out.
After you have done the activity tell the children “We need rules/instructions for many things in our lives. There are some other very important rules that we need to follow.” Have the phrase, “If I keep the ______________, I can live with Heavenly Father again” written on the board. Ask if anyone knows what the missing word is. To help them guess the word you could do the activity from the outline: Hum “Keep the Commandments” (CS, 146). Invite the children to stand when they recognize the song and join in humming. Ask, “What do we need to do to live with Heavenly Father again?” Write “commandments” in the space on the board and read the sentence aloud.
Ask, “What happens when we obey Heavenly Father’s commandments?” Write some of the children’s comments on the board. Explain that just as obeying rules will keep them safe, obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments will help keep them safe too.
Commandment Cookies Sharing Time Idea
For this next idea the children will be learning about some of the commandments that we have been asked to obey. They will be reading scriptures and then matching them to pictures that are on bags of ingredients for cookies. Are you ready to read more about my Commandment Cookies Sharing Time Idea?
For this idea you will need brown paper bags (I only had yellow-striped bags), cookie ingredients, scripture reference strips (grab the printable below), and pictures for each scripture reference (I found mine over on Susan Fitch Design, here, here, and here, I included these in the free printable below). Susan didn’t have a tithing picture, but you could attach a tithing envelope to that bag or use this one from LDS.org ( I didn’t include this on the printable due to copyright issues).
Your pictures will be attached to the front of each brown paper bag (4 bags total) and a cookie ingredients will be in each of the bags. Since there is only 4 scripture references you may need to combine some ingredients or you could use a simple cookie mix for your demonstration (mix, water, eggs, and butter). If you don’t want to mess with real ingredients, then use pretend ingredients.
Tell the children that today they are going to help you make “Commandment Cookies”. At the front of the room have a large bowl and your ingredient bags. Tell the children that you could make cookies without instructions, but they might not want to eat it. But if they carefully follow the instructions of a good recipe, the cookies would be good to eat.
Invite a child up and have them pick a scripture reference strip from a jar. Have the child say the reference aloud and invite the other Primary children to open their scriptures and find the reference together. Then have the child read it aloud. After they have read the scripture have them decide which commandment the scripture might be talking about and ask them to find the bag with the matching picture. Discuss the scripture and how they can obey that commandment and then have them open the bag to reveal the ingredient and have them add it to the mixing bowl.
Invite another child up and have them pick another reference from the jar. After all 4 scriptures have been read you will have all your ingredients mixed into your mixing bowl. Tell the children that as we follow Heavenly Father’s ‘instructions’ we will be blessed, and that the blessing is the ‘sweetest’ blessing we could ever receive (to return to live with Him). Then bring out some baked cookies (or store-bought, I won’t judge) to represent the blessings we receive as we follow the commandments.
Years ago when I did this I created a little oven out of a cardboard box that was really cute, but it took some time to make. If you have some extra time and want to make a cute little cardboard oven, go for it!
To close, invite the children to share how keeping the commandments will help them prepare to live with Heavenly Father again, and bear your testimony to the children about the importance of keeping the commandments.
I hope you enjoy this week’s idea and use it for your lesson. If you aren’t loving the “Commandment Cookies” Sharing Time Idea, no problem, you can take a look at some other great Commandment Sharing Time Ideas I have shared in the past, HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!