{Sharing Time} I Show My Gratitude By Offering Thanks For All My Blessings

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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Sharing Time OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(listening to a story and reading a scripture): Briefly tell the story of the ten lepers (see Luke 17:11–19). Ask the children who in the story showed gratitude. Read Doctrine and Covenants 59:7, and ask the children who we should show gratitude to and what we should thank Him for.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (playing a game): Display pictures of blessings such as family, friends, food, home, the earth, animals, and temples. Ask the children to close their eyes and sing “Thanks to Our Father” (CS, 20) as you remove one of the pictures. When they finish the song, ask them to open their eyes and see if they can discover which picture is missing. Toss a beanbag to a child and ask him or her to share how they can show gratitude for that blessing. Repeat as time allows.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
To begin this week’s Sharing Time I thought it would be great to show this video from LDS.org.
I thought a video would capture the children’s attention more than standing up and reading the story. Plus the video is only 1 minute!
If you don’t want to show a video I also thought you could invite 10 children up to the front to help act out the story.
Gratitude ActivitiesHere are some activities that you could use for this week’s Sharing Time.
Gratitude HOT PotatoIn several brown paper sacks, place pictures or items that represent blessings such as family, friends, food, home, the earth, animals, and temples. As you sing “Thanks to Our Father” (CS, 20), pass one of the bags around. Have the pianist play and then stop randomly. Have the child holding the bag when the song stops open the bag and reveal what’s inside. Have the child say one way they can show gratitude for that particular blessing. Discuss the blessing and invite a few other children to share how they can show gratitude for that blessing. You could write down the answers that are shared on a chalkboard if you’d like.Do the same with the next bag until all blessings have been revealed or until time runs out.
Another Idea:This idea came from last year’s outline.
In five separate sacks, place a piece of paper, a pen, and one of the following items: a picture of a Church meetinghouse, an article of clothing, scriptures, a picture of a family, and a picture of the Savior. Divide the children into groups, and give each group one of the sacks. Have each group look at the item in their sack and write on the paper one way they can show gratitude for it. Then ask them to put the item, paper, and pen back in the sack and pass it to another group. Let each group have a turn with each sack, and then invite each group to share what is written on the list in their sack.

Another Idea!Since Fall is right around the corner, I thought this could be a great activity for this week’s Sharing Time.
‘Blessings Tree’This idea comes from The Friend’ {Nov. 2004}. For Sharing Time you and the children will be creating your very own Blessings Tree!
On a large poster-board draw or print out a large tree with no or few leaves.Here’s one from The Friend.
Next, cut out some leaves. Cut out as many as you would like. On each leaf have a word (blessing), a picture of a blessing, a scripture, or a question {use the words from the outline for some of your leaves}. Place all of your leaves into a bucket or sack.
For Sharing Time: Have your bare tree up at the front of the room. Tell the children that today they are going to help you make a ‘blessings tree’. Show them your bucket of leaves and explain that inside the bucket are a bunch of leaves. On each of the leaves is a blessing (word or picture) or a question.
Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them pick a leaf. If they pick a word or picture have them look at the item on the leaf and share one way they can show gratitude for it. Then have them attach the leaf to the tree. If they pick a question or scripture, have them read it & answer the question. Then have them attach the leaf to the tree.
You could also have a few blank leaves. When a blank leaf is chosen have the child share a blessing that they are grateful for.
At the end of your lesson you will have a beautiful ‘Blessings Tree’. Discuss the many blessings that we should be thankful for. Encourage the children to remember each of their blessings and to let Heavenly Father know how thankful we are for each of them.sheena

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