Identify the doctrine (playing a guessing game): Tell the children that you are thinking of someone who loves us, knows each of us, helps us, and lives far away. Ask them to guess who you are thinking of (Heavenly Father). Discuss our relationship with Heavenly Father. Invite the children to repeat together “God is my Heavenly Father. He knows and loves me.”
Encourage understanding (reading scriptures): Divide the children into groups. Have each group read Enos 1:5, Moses 1:6, and Joseph Smith—History 1:17 and discuss how the Lord addresses each prophet. Ask the children: “If Heavenly Father visited you, what would He call you?” Bear testimony that God knows each of us by name.
Encourage application (singing songs): Have the children stand in a circle and pass around several items that represent God’s love for His children as they sing “I Am a Child of God” (CS, 2–3) or “I Know My Father Lives” (CS, 5). Items could include scriptures, a picture of the sacrament, a piece of fruit, or a picture of a family. Randomly stop the singing and have the children holding an item share one way they know God loves them. Repeat as time allows.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I know this is really late, but I have been trying to come up with an idea for this week, and just had one pop into my head. So I’m hurrying and posting it in case any of you are still searching for ideas for tomorrow’s lesson. I hope you find them helpful.
Begin your Sharing Time by telling the children that you are thinking of someone who loves us, knows each of us, helps us, and lives far away. You could then have the children raise their hands and ask yes or no questions to try and figure out who the person is. Tell the children to stand-up if they think they know who it might be. Once several children are standing, ask one of the children to share who they think the person is. Discuss our relationship with Heavenly Father. Invite the children to repeat together “God is my Heavenly Father. He knows and loves me.”
For the next idea, I thought it would be fun (and is always a hit) to create a punch-a-box. You can find my instructions to create a similar punch-a-box as pictured above in THIS post. Since I thought of this so last minute I didn’t have time to create a new punch-a-box to show you, but instead of creating a CTR shield punch-a-box I thought it would be fun to make a big red heart since you will be talking about Heavenly Father’s love for us.
In addition to the punch-a-box supplies (poster-board, scissors/ex-acto knife, glue, cups, red construction poster-board/construction paper) you will also need slips of paper to place inside each of the cups. On these slips of paper you will need examples of ways that Heavenly Father shows His love for us. You could write reasons onto the slips of paper or cut out hearts and write them onto the hearts. You could also have a picture of a way that Heavenly Father shows His love for us (using examples from the outline: scriptures, sacrament, fruit, etc. If you need other ideas you could also write several ways we can show love to our Heavenly Father or you could have a question written like, “When have you felt Heavenly Father’s love?”
How To Play
Show the children your heart punch-a-box and explain that inside the punch-a-box are different ways that Heavenly Father shows His love for us. Invite a child up to the front and have them slip their hand into one of the slots to retrieve the paper. Have them read it aloud and then discuss how that items represents God’s love for His children.
There are several different things you could place inside your punch-a-box. You could place scriptures, pictures, words for the children to act out, etc. I love this because you can have it geared toward Jr. Primary and then change the slips to make it a little more challenging for Sr. Primary.
If you’d like to do my Punch-A-Box idea Click HERE to see my post that includes instructions on creating your very own. In my instructions I have you place tissue paper under the poster-board, this is not necessary. We were testing out a new punch-a-box and just wanted to give it a try. You could also create a punch-a-box like THIS, and place the cups into a heart-shape.
I hope you enjoy this week’s idea. I am so sorry it is so late, I am planning on getting ahead and sharing the next few week’s ideas very soon.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!