Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline
Introduce the doctrine: Show the children a picture of a house. Explain that builders need to have a house plan before they can build a house. Ask, “Why is it important to make and follow plans?” Hold up the scriptures, and tell the children that we can find Heavenly Father’s plan for us in the scriptures. Write on the board “Heavenly Father has a plan for me.” Read the sentence together.
Encourage understanding: Write the following questions on the board:
Who am I?
Where did I come from?
Why am I here?
What will happen to me after I die?
Give each child a piece of paper with one of the following words written on it: who, where, why or what.Read the first question on the board together, and ask all the children holding the word who to stand up. Sing “I Am a Child of God” (CS, 2–3), and ask the children who are standing how they would answer the question. Repeat with each question, using the following songs: where: “I Lived in Heaven” (CS, 4); why: “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (CS, 164–65); what: “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (CS, 64). Testify that Heavenly Father’s plan will bring us happiness.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I am using the ‘builder’ idea from the outline as inspiration for my idea this week. I love the idea of talking about builders and house plans, and then using that to teach the children about the Plan of Salvation. For this idea you are going to be using different ‘tools’ to help teach the children about Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation. Enjoy!
To begin your Sharing Time I thought it would be fun to bring in a bunch of wood and ask a child to build a house. They will probably try the best they can, but in the end they wouldn’t really be able to build a house. You could then ask them why they couldn’t build you a house or you could ask ‘What do you need in order to build a house’? You could then show everyone ‘plan’ and explain that when building a house or a building, builders need to have house plans. Then ask “Why is it important to make and follow plans?“
You could even demonstrate what it would be like if you were trying to build a house with instructions for a bike or a recipe to a cake…that wouldn’t be very helpful would it? 🙂
And you also don’t want to begin building a house, and stop before you put the roof on! You want to make sure you follow and finish the plan.
Then, hold up the scriptures and explain that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us, and you can read about it in the scriptures! Today we’re going to talk a little bit about Heavenly Father’s plan, the plan of salvation, and to help us out I brought in some special tools for our lesson!
Plan of Salvation Tools
For this idea the children will be choosing tools with the words: Who, Where, Why, & What. To answer the question that goes with the tool you will have the children play ‘Name that tune’! Here’s what you’ll need & how to play!
You Will Need:
Tools (real or use my printable)
Buzzer or Bell
Toolbox (real or create one with a box)
At the front of the room on a table (if you’re using real tools) or attached to a board (if you use my printable) have your tools displayed.
Explain to the children that on each tool is a word, and each word represents a question about Heavenly Father’s plan. Invite a child up to the front and have them pick a tool. Tell the children that they are going to be listening to a song that will help them answer the question that goes with that tool. But to make things a little more fun they are going to be playing ‘Name That Tune’.
Ask the child that chose the tool, to pick another child from the rest of the Primary (or choose one yourself). Have them stand at either side of the table, with a bell or buzzer in the middle. Explain that the pianist will begin playing a song, and as soon as they know what song it is, RING the bell.
Whenever I am doing Sharing Time and the children see my pull out our little bell, they get soo excited. I hear quiet little ‘YES’s’. 🙂
When someone has answered correctly, read the question aloud that belongs to the appropriate tool. Tell them that you will now read the words to the song they just heard OR you could have everyone sing it, and when they hear the answer to the song have them stand up (or raise their hand, thumbs up, etc.). You could then have the child place the tool in a toolbox.
Discuss the question and the answer, and then continue by choosing a new child to pick a tool, and playing Name That Tune again. Continue until all tools have been chosen or time runs out.
Testify that Heavenly Father’s plan will bring us happiness.
I thought it might be kind of fun to have little hard hats for the child picking the tool OR for both playing ‘Name that Tune!’. 🙂 I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea. I apologize that I posted it so late! I’m working on getting ahead of schedule…we’ll see if that happens.
As alway, thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind words and comments, I truly appreciate it! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!