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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline
Introduce the doctrine: Invite a child to come to the front of the room. Tell the other children to follow his or her instructions. Whisper simple instructions to the child, such as, “Tell them to put their hands on their heads” or “Tell them to quietly say hello to the person sitting next to them.” Repeat with several other simple instructions, ending with “Tell them to fold their arms.” Ask the children how they knew what you wanted them to do. Explain that one of the ways Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ send messages to people on earth is by speaking to Their servants and then commanding those servants to speak to the people. Ask, “Who are the servants who speak for Heavenly Father and Jesus?” Have the children say together, “Prophets speak for Heavenly Father.”
Encourage understanding: Before Primary, tape a picture of a prophet and some scripture references that tell about what he did or said to the bottom of some of the chairs. Examples could include Noah (Genesis 6:13–14; 7:5, 7–10); Moses (Exodus 14:8–9, 13–14, 21–22); Samuel the Lamanite (Helaman 14:1–8; 16:1–3); and Joseph Smith (D&C 89). Invite the children to look under their chairs to find the pictures. Divide the children into groups, with one picture in each group, and have them prepare and present a role play of their prophet. Invite the other groups to guess which prophet they are portraying. Discuss how the people received the prophet’s message and what the results were.
Encourage understanding: Make a “Wheel of Prophets” like the one shown here. Divide the circle into eight sections, each with the name of a prophet from the song “Follow the Prophet” (CS, 110–11). Invite a child to spin the wheel. Share a brief story about the prophet indicated on the wheel (use the scripture references on CS, 111, for ideas). Then sing the verse about that prophet in “Follow the Prophet.” Invite another child to spin the wheel, and repeat the activity as time allows.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I have a fun ‘Family Feud’ style game that would be great for this week’s Sharing Time, but I can’t take all the credit for this week’s idea. My big sister, Shannon, actually helped me out a lot with this idea, so thank you Shannon! Enjoy!
Begin your Sharing Time by doing the ‘Introduce the Doctrine’ activity from the outline:
“Invite a child to come to the front of the room. Tell the other children to follow his or her instructions. Whisper simple instructions to the child, such as, “Tell them to put their hands on their heads” or “Tell them to quietly say hello to the person sitting next to them.” Repeat with several other simple instructions, ending with “Tell them to fold their arms.” Ask the children how they knew what you wanted them to do. Explain that one of the ways Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ send messages to people on earth is by speaking to Their servants and then commanding those servants to speak to the people. Ask, “Who are the servants who speak for Heavenly Father and Jesus?” Have the children say together, “Prophets speak for Heavenly Father.””
Prophet Primary Feud
Next, you can play this fun ‘Prophet Primary Feud’ game that my sister and I came up with. But before we get into details, here are some things you’ll need for the game:
It wasn’t very long ago that I shared my ‘Scripture Who’ game that uses a bell. My sister liked the idea and wanted to do something similar for this week. My sister showed me THESE fun answer buzzers from Amazon (you get 4 buzzers!). How fun are these buzzers! Each buzzer makes its own sound, so you will be able to know what team hit their buzzer first because the sound you heard. This would make having multiple teams a lot easier.
If you don’t want to hassle with bells or buzzers, then create some popsicle stick answer signs. Cut a circle out of cardstock and label each with a team name or a number. Then attach the circle to a large popsicle stick or a paint stirring stick. Have the sign in front of each child. If they know the answer they must grab the sign and hold it up.
2. Answer Cards & Covers
My sister came up with some great questions to use for this Sharing Time. I took her questions and made question cards and sheets to cover-up the answers, links below.
3. Gospel Art Kit Pictures
You will also need a few pictures of several different prophets. You can find the list of prophets in my ‘Prophet Primary Feud Instruction sheet’ below. 🙂
How to Play
The rules of ‘Prophet Primary Feud’ are very similar to the popular Feud game you may have heard about. 🙂 You could play this many different ways, here is how my sister plans to play it for her Sharing Time.
On a chalkboard, bulletin board or foam board. Have each of your Question Cards (#1-5) at the top of the board. Underneath each Question Card have the answers in order by points. Once you have all your answer cards posted, take the ‘answer cover cards’ and place them on top of the answer cards. You will also need another bulletin board or foam board with the pictures you are using for the game. Be sure to have the pictures covered up until you ask that particular question. Here’s a peek at the ‘Question Cards’ and the ‘Answer Cover Cards’.
You can find links to all my printables, below.
Divide the children into 2 teams. Place a table at the front of the room. Place a bell in the center of the table. For each question, 5 children from each team will stand on the sides of the table (you can choose to have this many children participate or choose less). When the question is asked, the 5 children will ring the bell if they know the answer to the question. The first person to ring the bell, tries to guess one answer to the question. If they guess correctly, they decide if their team is going to try to answer all the answers to the questions or pass it to the other team.
If you decide to use buzzers or if you have multiple bells, have them spaced out on a longer table. Have a team sign in front of each buzzer, so the children know where to stand.
•STRIKES: If a team answers incorrectly twice or gets 2 strikes, the other team gets a turn at trying to answer the remaining questions and receive all the points.
•Each team has one ‘Teacher Help’. If a team cannot figure out an answer to a question, they can ask their teacher for help; however, it costs 25 points.
•If the children are talking and do not hear a question, the question will not be repeated. They must be quiet and calm during the game.
•Teams will be earning their own points, but both teams will be challenged to earn a certain number of points together. This will encourage them to work together to earn the points. I did this once, and I was so surprised how excited the children were and how hard they all tried to get to their goal.
Would you like to play ‘Prophet Primary Feud’ for your Sharing Time…I wish I was doing Sharing Time this week! My sister was so kind typed up the instructions and the questions needed for the game, just click the link below to print everything you need!
I hope you enjoy this idea, and are able to use it for your Sharing Time. I would love to hear if you do, and how it goes, so be sure to leave me a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day & a wonderful Sharing Time!