Idea: Before Primary, cut two large footsteps out of different colors of paper. Write on one “being baptized and confirmed” and on the other “and keeping my baptismal covenants.” Prepare several smaller footsteps in both colors. Write one of the following on each footstep of the first color: 8 years old, repent, interview with the bishop, immersion, priesthood authority, covenant, white clothing, Holy Ghost. On each small footstep of the second color, write one of the standards from “My Gospel Standards.” Randomly place all the small footsteps around the room.
Identify the doctrine: Write on the board “I will follow Jesus Christ by …” Place the large footsteps on the board, one at a time, and read them together. Explain that these are necessary steps in Heavenly Father’s plan. If necessary, help the children understand what a baptismal covenant is.
Encourage understanding and application (playing a matching game): Ask a child to find one of the footsteps of the first color. Ask him or her to read the word or phrase on the footstep and place it on the board under the matching large footstep. Ask the children what this has to do with baptism and confirmation. Repeat with all the footsteps of the first color.
Ask a child to find a footstep of the second color. Ask him or her to read the word or phrase on the footstep and place it on the board under the matching large footstep. Discuss how living the gospel standard listed on the footstep will help the children keep their baptismal covenants. Repeat with the other footsteps.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week the children will be learning about baptism, confirmation, and keeping baptismal covenants. I decided to incorporate a few ideas into this week’s Sharing Time lesson, and I think it will be great. The first idea I shared is a Baptism Punch Board. This idea takes a little prep, but I’ve included some printables to help you out and make preparing a little easier. I also shared a Baptism Bag idea that is easier to put together so read the ideas and see if any of them are a good fit for your Primary. 🙂
Since we’re talking about baptism and baptismal covenants there are several parts to this lesson. I hope it all makes sense, but if you have any questions feel free to email me (email@example.com). I think the children will love these fun ideas!
In the outline it says to cut two large footsteps out of different colors of paper. On one footprint write: “being baptized and confirmed” and on the other footprint write: “and keeping my baptismal covenants.” You will also have smaller footsteps in both of the colors you chose for the larger footprints. Write the following words on each footstep of the first color: 8 years old, repent, interview with the bishop, immersion, priesthood authority, covenant, white clothing, and Holy Ghost.
For the second group of footprints you will be writing different gospel standards onto each one. I thought it would be fun to write one word from several of the Gospel Standards and have the children act it out or draw it. We’ll talk a little bit about this later in the post.
Alright, so I thought this week would be a great time to incorporate a punch board (like this one) that looks like a number “8”, since we’re talking about baptism. Here’s is a picture of one that I created. In the picture below, you’ll notice that there are two different colors of tissue paper on my punch board. This has to do with the two different colored footprints like in the outline.
Inside the top half of your “8” punch-a-box I placed questions/scriptures that go with the first set of footprints (I have included printables for the question cards for you to use). The bottom half of the figure eight has to do with the “My Gospel Standards” footprints.
How to Create Your Punch-A-Box
I have shared many punch-a-box ideas over the years, so instead of telling you how to make one (again) I am going to direct you to a previous post: Click here to read HOW to make a punch-a-box. In the post that I just mentioned, I recommended hot-glueing each cup to the foam board. This time I decided to try using only brads, and I LOVED it! I think the cups will stay on much better. But you can definitely use hot glue if that’s what you have on hand.
Since this punch-a-box is a little different than the one in the tutorial, I did want to share a few tips. First, place the cups onto the foam board to make a figure eight. You will need 7 cups for the top portion, and then 9 for the bottom.
Once you have the cups where you want them, mark where each one is. I simply tilted the cup a little and placed a mark with a pencil as close to the center of the cup as possible. After I had made the mark, I moved that cup to the side and continued until all the spaces where the cups went were marked.
Next, I grabbed a small knife (scissors would work as well) and poked a small hole into the foam board where each mark was. I also poked a hole into the bottom of each cup.
I found that it was easier to poke the brad through the back of the foam board and through the cup, and then open up the brad inside the cup. I tried poking the brad through the cup first and then through the foam board, but that didn’t work as well.
After you have all of your cups attached to the foam board, it’s time to start filling the cups! For this, you can use my Baptism Question Cards (link below). If you need it to be a little simpler, then you could simply add the footprints inside the cups OR you could even find a picture or item to represent each footprint, for example: an “8” for “8 Years Old,” a picture of a bishop for “interview with the bishop,” etc.
After you have placed a question or item into each cup, you will place a piece of tissue paper over the top of each cup and secure it with a rubber-band.
Baptism Punch Activity
Now that you have your Baptism Punch Board together, let’s talk about the activity. At the front of the Primary room you will have your Baptism Punch Board. On a chalkboard you will have your two large footprints (like in the outline). And on a table, on the floor, or on a chalkboard, you will have all of the small footprints. I have included printables for all of the footprints. I made them black and white, just print the appropriate pages onto colored cardstock so they are two different colors.
The first part of the lesson you will be focusing on the first set of footprints/the top half of the figure eight. You will invite a child up to the front and have them choose a “blue” cup to punch (or whatever color you choose to use). Have them retrieve the question out of the cup and read it aloud. Then have them read the scripture aloud to find the answer. Once they have figured out the answer, they will find the matching footprint and place that footprint underneath the large footprint on the chalkboard. Continue by having the child choose the next helper or you can call on someone being reverent. Have them choose a cup to punch and figure out the answer to their question and find the matching footprint.
For the footprints without a scripture reference, they can look at the footprints for clues. I think the only two questions that don’t have scripture references are: “What color clothing do I wear when I am baptized?” and “Do I need to meet with someone before I am baptized? Why?”.
Once you have finished all the Baptism Questions you will move on to the Gospel Standards Section.
My Gospel Standards
For the next part of your Sharing Time, the children will be having to fill in missing words from the “My Gospel Standards”. I shared this idea in a previous Sharing Time, here. I created a printable poster that you can print out for this that would work great for this week’s Sharing Time. It includes all of the “My Gospel Standards” with several missing words.
As well as the “My Gospel Standards” puzzle poster, there is a sheet that includes word cards. Each card has one of the missing words from the poster as well as an instruction to either “draw” or “charade” the word. These word cards will be going inside the cups on the bottom section of your figure eight punch board.
How To Play
You will invite a child up to the front and have them choose an “orange” cup to punch (or whatever color you choose to use). They will punch the cup, and then retrieve the word out. They will read the word (to themselves) and whether they will be drawing or acting the word. You can give the child 30 seconds to draw/act and have the other children try to guess what they child is acting/drawing. Once the word is guessed, have them figure out where the word goes on the “My Gospel Standards” puzzle poster. You can then write the word onto the poster and on a footprint and have them place it under the larger footprint. For Jr. Primary, you could invite the teachers to draw/act if the words are more difficult. Continue until all words have been found or time runs out.
There are 10 missing words, so you will need to combine two words into one cup. Or you can fit in a tenth cup into the bottom section of your punch board.
Baptism Bag Activity
I know not everyone has time to create a punch board, so I thought of another idea that you could use this week that goes along with my idea and the idea given in the outline.
For this idea, you will have 16 brown paper bags. Each brown paper bag will have the letters to “Baptism” and “Covenants” on the front. I have included cute water droplet printables for each letter. Just print out and attach to the front of your brown paper bag.
Inside the “Baptism” bags, you will place the Baptism Question cards. The children will choose a bag to open up and retrieve the question. They will read the question and scripture, answer the question and then find the matching footprint.
For Jr. Primary, I think it would be fun to place an object or picture to represent each footprint. You could still include a question card, but have a picture or item as a clue. For the little children that can’t read, they could choose an older child or teacher to come up and help them find the matching footprint to place on the chalkboard.
For the “Covenants” bag, you will place the missing word card inside. You could once again add an item inside the bag. For this, you could have the child who opens the bag give clues to the other children and have them guess what the item is. Once they figure out the item/word, have them figure out where the word goes on the puzzle poster.
If you’d like to use this for your lesson, just click the link(s) below to print out my printables.
I accidentally made two left feet for the large footprints. I went ahead and created a “right” foot for you to print out and use. Just click HERE to print it out. Once I get home tomorow I will add the new footprint to the original file. 🙂
I hope you enjoy my June 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea and can use it 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!