January 2018 Week 4: I Have Agency, and I am Responsible for My Choices

Sharing Time Idea from the 2018 Outline

Identify the doctrine: Prepare two wordstrips, one that says “I have agency” and one that says “I am responsible for my choices.” Divide the children into two groups. Ask two children to come to the front of the room. Ask one of them to hold up the first wordstrip, and have one of the groups stand and say, “I have agency.” Ask the other child to hold up the second wordstrip, and have the other group stand and say, “I am responsible for my choices.” Repeat several times, letting each group say each phrase.

Encourage understanding (discussing consequences): Ask the children what the consequence would be if they chose to not eat, to touch a hot stove, to attend church, or to be kind to others. Explain that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to make good choices and receive the blessings of those choices.

Encourage application (playing a game): Write on strips of paper some good choices and some bad choices a child could make. Place the strips in a container. Have the children form two lines, a “choice” line and a “consequences” line. Have the first child in each line walk to the front of the room as everyone sings the first line of “Choose the Right” (Hymns, no. 239). Have the child in the “choice” line draw out and read a choice. Have the other child give a possible consequence of that choice. Have the rest of the children point their thumbs up if it is a good choice and point their thumbs down if it is a bad choice. Continue as time allows.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s idea I am sharing 3 great Agency Sharing Time Ideas that you could incorporate into your Sharing Time lesson. Each of these Agency Sharing Time Ideas would work with a little change to fit this week’s topic perfectly. I have included some great printables to help you out and make preparing a little easier. I hope you like the ideas!

January 2018 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea

 I shared this fun idea back in 2013, and I actually saw it first on Sugardoodle, a wonderful sister left a comment with the idea. This would be a great way to begin your lesson on choices and agency.

At the front of the room on a table have 3 glass jars. Jar 1 will be completely empty, but inside jars 2 & 3 you will have items that would be appealing to the children (idea: gum balls, toys, marbles, etc.). Invite a child up to the front and show him/her the jars. Then tell the child that they can choose anything they would like from Jar1, and ONLY Jar 1.The child will probably look at you like you’re crazy….or mean haha.

From there you could go on to discuss agency and that “we have agency and are responsible for our choices”. Ask the children what the consequence would be if they chose to not eat, to touch a hot stove, to attend church, or to be kind to others. Explain that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to make good choices and receive the blessings of those choices.
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“Chews the Right” Sharing Time Activity

For this activity the children will be choosing scenarios out of jars and then adding air to a balloon to represent a bubble gum. I think the children will have a lot of fun and learn about “chewsing” the right.

First, you will need a poster/foam boards. Attach a picture of a child’s face onto your poster-board (I have 2 printables to choose from). Next, cut a small hole into the mouth and attach slip a balloon through the hole. The children will be ‘Chewsing’ scenarios out of a container (I have included some scenarios as well), and determine whether they are good or bad. When a good choice is chosen, air will be added to the balloon, but when a bad choice is chosen, air will be let out. Since the posters look like they’re blowing a big gum bubble, I thought it would be fun to wrap the scenarios around bubble gum, but you could simply have the slips of paper in a container.
How to Play: Have the first child come to the front of the room and pick a piece of bubble gum. Read the scenario aloud. Have the child give a possible consequence of that choice.  Have the rest of the children point their thumbs up if it is a good choice and point their thumbs down if it is a bad choice.
 If it’s a good choice add some air to the good choice balloon, and if it’s a bad choice let some air out of the balloon.
I thought this was a fun idea that the kiddos would really enjoy. If you don’t want to make a poster have an adult help you out. As the children read the scenarios and give possible consequences, then have them inflate/deflate their balloons as needed.

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Some Other Agency Sharing Time Ideas

If you’re still wanting some ideas, you can take a look at these that I have also shared.
Last year I shared a great Fortune Cookie Sharing Time Idea on Agency and the gift to choose for ourselves. I got the idea from a Mormonad poster that you could also use as part of your Sharing Time Idea.

You can find the idea and all the free printables, HERE!

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Another Agency Sharing Time Idea that I shared last year is a choices jar activity that I shared a few years ago. It’s such a great activity that I have used it several times for Sharing Time.

January 2017 Sharing Time Idea

You might need to come up with some new scenarios, but the idea would still be great for this week.

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You can find the idea and all of the printables, HERE!

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You can also take a look at all of my Agency Sharing Time Ideas by topic, HERE. I hope you enjoy this week’s ideas and are able to use some of them for your lesson this week. I would love to hear what you do, so leave a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

Sheena

Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥

Sheena

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Comments

  1. Jody

    What kind of balloon did you use for poster??? How did it hold its air and how did you blow it up☹️? Help!

    1. I would use just a normal balloon. I would probably ask an adult to help you out and have them stand behind the poster to hold the balloon and make sure no air escapes. You could also use a clothespin or another clamp when you’re not airing up the balloon. I would place the poster/foam board on a stand as well. Hope that helps. 🙂

  2. Jody

    What kind of ballon was used??