{Sharing Time} Family Bingo

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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(singing): Ask the children to think of their favorite Primary song. Tell them that when you count to three they should all stand and sing their song at the same time. Count to three and let them sing. Stop the singing, and have the music leader lead them all in one song. Point out that without the music leader to lead them, there was confusion. Explain that we would have confusion in our homes, too, if Heavenly Father had not given parents the important responsibility of leading the family.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING(discussing parental roles): Invite two boys and two girls to come forward. Give each a prop representing a member of the family (father, mother, son, and daughter). Stand next to the “father” and explain that it is the father’s responsibility to be the patriarch over his family and to preside over, provide for, and protect them. Ask the children for examples of what fathers do to fulfill these roles, and ask the “father” to pantomime what they describe. Stand by the “mother” and explain that it is the mother’s responsibility to care for and nurture the family. Ask the children for examples of what mothers do to fulfill these roles, and ask the “mother” to pantomime what they describe. Tell the children that both parents will have the responsibility to be good examples and teach the gospel. Give each class something that represents how parents can teach their family (for example, the scriptures, a family home evening manual, or pictures of a family eating, praying, or working together). Invite a child in each class to tell how the parents could use the item to help their family.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS IdeasI really like the idea for the ‘Identify the Doctrine,’ and I’m sure the children will love it. You could print out a red and green light or a stop and go and hold the appropriate sign up when you would like the children to sing. Then hold up the ‘stop’ sign when you would like them to stop. You could even invite a child to come up to the front and hold the signs.Point out that without the music leader to lead them, there was confusion. Explain that we would have confusion in our homes, too, if Heavenly Father had not given parents the important responsibility of leading the family.
Family BingoFor this week’s sharing time I thought it would be fun to play a BINGO game. I have created 3 BINGO cards plus a sheet of BINGO call cards.Feel free to play this like the original BINGO or change it up. Here are some ideas:
Split the Primary into 2-3 teams and have the cards posted at the front of the room on the chalkboard.Invite a child from one of the teams to come to the front and pick a card from the ‘call cards’ (Just place these in a bag or container).Have the child read the card aloud and then have them share what responsibility that person has in a family (if a person is chose) or have them share how that card can help the family (scriptures, FHE, etc).Have the teams mark that space on their card after you have discussed that particular space.The first team to get 3 in a row WINS!{If 3 in a row is too easy then have them get a ‘black-out’}
Charades BINGOFor this game instead of having the child talk about the call card they will need to act it out!If the child chooses a person {mother, father, sister, or brother}, have them tell the children that it’s a person, and then have them act out what this person’s responsibility is as a member of a family.You might want to make a list of ‘actions’ before Primary in case the children need ideas.For the other spaces {scripture study, FHE, etc} have them act it out until someone guesses what it is.
Middle SpaceOn each of the cards the middle space says: “The Family is Central to God’s Plan”You can choose to have this as a free spot or something else.When this is chosen you could have the child share something that they love about their family or share how many members are in their family or what they can do to be helpful in their family.Really…you could do anything! 
Click HERE to print out my Family BINGO card #1.Click HERE to print out my Family BINGO card #2.Click HERE to print out my Family BINGO card #3.Click HERE to print out my Family BINGO call cards.
I hope you enjoy my Family BINGO. These would also be great for Family Home Evening, so print some cards out and have fun.I would love to hear if you use my BINGO cards, and how you play, so be sure to stop by and leave me a comment.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena

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