Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline
Introduce the Doctrine: To help the children memorize John 14:15, draw a picture of a heart and a picture depicting the Ten Commandments. Divide the children into two groups. Hold up the picture of the heart in front of one group and have them stand and say, “If ye love me.” Hold up the picture of the Ten Commandments in front of the other group and have them stand and say, “Keep my commandments.” Repeat several times. Older children could learn the first part of John 14:21 (“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me”) in the same way.
Encourage understanding: Prepare pieces of paper with a commandment written on each one (such as read the scriptures, dress modestly, and obey the Word of Wisdom). Put the papers in a container, and have a child choose one and act out a way to keep the commandment. Have the other children guess what he or she is doing. Sing “Keep the Commandments” (CS,146–47). As you sing the chorus, have the child lead the other children in acting out how they can keep the commandment. Invite several children to share how keeping this commandment will bless them.
Encourage application: Display “My Gospel Standards” and review the standards with the children. Explain that following these standards shows our love for Jesus Christ. Write each of the following scripture references on separate pieces of paper: Exodus 20:7; Exodus 20:8–10; Exodus 20:12; John 13:34–35; Mosiah 18:10; and Doctrine and Covenants 42:40–41. Divide the children into groups and give each group one of the scriptures to read together. Have them match the scripture to one of the gospel standards and discuss how they can live that standard. Invite them to share their thoughts with the rest of the Primary children.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I’m using a few ideas from a previous idea I shared back in 2010. If you’d like to take a look at it click HERE.
For this week’s Sharing Time I thought it would be good to play a matching game. There are several ways you could do this…here are a few of my ideas. Enjoy!
Begin your Sharing Time using the Identify the Doctrine idea from the outline:
To help the children memorize John 14:15, have a picture of a heart and a picture depicting the Ten Commandments, like THIS ONE. Divide the children into two groups. Hold up the picture of the heart in front of one group and have them stand and say, “If ye love me.” Hold up the picture of the Ten Commandments in front of the other group and have them stand and say, “Keep my commandments.” Repeat several times. Older children could learn the first part of John 14:21 (“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me”) in the same way.
You could place the pictures onto popsicle sticks and invite 2 children to come up and hold the pictures. Have the child hold their picture up in the air when it’s their turn.
After you have repeated the scripture a few times, you can play this fun Matching game. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Before Sharing Time, figure out how many and which commandments you would like to discuss (such as read the scriptures, dress modestly, keep the Sabbath day holy, and obey the Word of Wisdom). You can also use some of “My Gospel Standards”. Then you can print out my ‘Commandment Match’ game cards that I created using the cute Moses clipart from Susan Fitch. You can also just cut cards out of cardstock if you don’t feel like printing. 🙂
On the back of each card write a number (depending on how many commandments you decide to use). You will need two of each number since it’s a matching game. 🙂
How to Play:
Bean Bag Toss
On a chalkboard or dry erase board, list each of the commandments you will be discussing, and be sure to number each one.
Scatter the Commandment Match cards on the ground. Tell the children that today we are going to play ‘Commandment Match’. Explain that on the ground are Commandment cards. On the back of each card is a number. They are going to be throwing 2 bean bags onto the cards and try to find a match. Whatever card the bean bags land on are the cards they get to flip over.
When a match is found they will then match the number to the commandment written on the board. You will read the commandment aloud and discuss it with the children.
If you don’t want to use bean bags, then use this great Matching Board idea from Sofia’s Primary Ideas.
The idea is to glue a bunch of clothespins to a foam board. Then clip the cards into the clothespins.
You could also play charades. You can still play a matching game, but instead of having the commandments listed on the board have them written on a piece of paper. When a child makes a match have them show you the number. Then you can show them or tell them which commandment it is and have them act it out or draw it. Have the other children guess what it is. Once it is guessed, discuss it!
If you don’t feel like a matching game, then be sure to take a look at my idea from 2010. I shared a great Scavenger Hunt idea that would be great for Sr. Primary. Click HERE to see my 2010 idea.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time ideas. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
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