The Fall Was Part Of God’s Plan: 2Nd Week Sharing Time Idea For February 2013

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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2013 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing a picture): Show a picture of Adam and Eve. Tell the children that Adam and Eve were the first people to come to earth and receive bodies; they were placed in a garden called Eden. Explain that when they left the garden, it became possible for us to come to earth; their leaving the garden is called the Fall. Write “The Fall was part of God’s plan” on the board, and have the children say it with you.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing the doctrine): Draw two circles on the board, and label one spirit world and the other earth. Explain that when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, we were in the spirit world. Show a picture of some children, and tape it on the board in the “spirit world” circle. Explain that after Adam and Eve left the garden, we could come to the earth. Invite a child to move the picture of the children to the “earth” circle. Ask the children to put their thumbs up if they think the Fall was good, and invite a child to explain why.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (playing a matching game): Prepare several pairs of matching phrases representing blessings we experience in mortality (for example, a body, families, choices between good and evil, opportunities to learn, health and sickness, happiness and sadness, joy and pain). Place the papers face down on the board. Invite children to take turns choosing two papers to see if the phrases match. When a match is found, discuss why it is a blessing.

Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS IdeasFor this week’s idea I followed the idea from the outline pretty close. The only difference is a different option for the game {Encourage Application}. I thought the idea from the outline was great! I just had an idea that you could use that would work great as a matching game. Enjoy!
To begin your Sharing Time:Show a picture of Adam and Eve {GAK 101}. You could share the scripture story on the back of the picture to help teach/remind the children the story of Adam & Eve.Tell the children that Adam and Eve were the first people to come to earth and receive bodies; they were placed in a garden called Eden. Explain that when they left the garden, it became possible for us to come to earth; their leaving the garden is called the Fall. Write “The Fall was part of God’s plan” on the board, and have the children say it with you. {From ‘Identify the Doctrine’}
Then…draw two circles on the board {you could also have these printed out onto paper}, and label one spirit world and the other earth. Explain that when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, we were in the spirit world. Show a picture of some children, and tape it on the board in the “spirit world” circle. Explain that after Adam and Eve left the garden, we could come to the earth. Invite a child to move the picture of the children to the “earth” circle. Ask the children to put their thumbs up if they think the Fall was good, and invite a child to explain why. {From Encourage Understanding}
Matching GameOK, so here’s my idea for the matching game. Since you’re talking about Adam & Eve I thought it would be fun to have a Tree (apple tree). I know it wasn’t an actual apple tree, but that’s what everyone uses, so that’s what we’re using today.
So, first you’ll need to make a large tree using green poster-board and brown craft paper. Just cut the poster-board to look like the top of the tree, and then cut the craft paper to look like a trunk.Next, you’ll have to cut out several apples (make sure you have an even number since we’re doing matches).Prepare several pairs of matching phrases or pictures representing blessings we experience in mortality (for example, a body, families, choices between good and evil, opportunities to learn, health and sickness, happiness and sadness, joy and pain).These pictures/phrases will go on the backs of each of your apples.{For Sr. Primary you could even add a few scripture references instead of phrases.}Once you have your pictures/phrases attached to the apples, set up your tree and attach the apples to the tree.
Now for the fun part!Invite a child up to pick 2 apples and flip them over. If they’re a match discuss the blessing and then place the apples in a container or display them on another board for everyone to see.If they flip 2 over that aren’t matches have the child flip them back over and invite another child to come up and pick 2 other apples.
After all the matches have been found remind the children once again that The Fall was necessary and bear your testimony.

I think the children will enjoy this matching game and will learn the many blessings we receive during this life. I hope you enjoy my ideas. Have a wonderful week and a great Sharing Time!sheena