Giving Activities

1. Talk to the children about giving gifts of time, love, and service to others. Divide into classes. Roll out large sheets of butcher paper, newspaper roll ends, or freezer paper. With a large, blunt crayon, trace around each child to create a full body silhouette. Let each child cut out his own silhouette and then draw in his own face. On the back of each silhouette, glue a small note with these words: This year I give the gift of self—my smile, my love, my help. Fold each silhouette carefully, and tie it up with a piece of yarn or ribbon. You could also use paper plates and let each child draw his own face on the front of the plate.

2. Collect and bring to Primary a wheelchair, a walker, a blindfold, a book in Braille, a brace, crutches, and a cane. Pictures of such items could be used. Sing “I’ll Walk with You” (Children’s Songbook, p. 140). Explain to the children some of the conditions under which a friend, family member, or neighbor might need to use the equipment. Talk about the kind of help, patience, and understanding each child could show to an individual using that equipment. If there is a child in the Primary who is currently using any of the equipment, give him a chance to express what kind of help is welcome. Be sensitive. Divide into groups and let each child have a chance to maneuver a wheelchair through a doorway, climb a stair with a brace on, open a door while using a walker, read a book written in Braille, etc.

3. Prepare a group of questions to test the children’s understanding of the principles taught in the Articles of Faith. Bring a large bag of building blocks to Sharing Time. Have the children sit in a circle. Spin a bottle, or draw names, to determine who gets to answer each question. When a question is answered correctly, stack a block on a pile in the center of the circle. Work together to see how high the stack of blocks can grow before it tumbles.

4. Prepare a list of the gifts Heavenly Father and Jesus have given us, and write them on separate slips of paper. Place each slip of paper in a box, then wrap the boxes as presents. Number each box, and write on it a clue to help the children discover the gift mentioned inside. Place the boxes all around the room. Give each child a paper and pencil. Have them walk around, look at the boxes and the clues, and write down what they think is in each box. After they are seated again, open each box. Discuss the gifts they have been given by Heavenly Father and the kinds of gifts they can give in return. Younger children would enjoy looking at pictures of things God has placed on the earth for them.

5. Have, in a paper bag, a collection of small items familiar to a young child. As you pull out the items, talk about gifts of love and kindness the children could perform in their homes using the items. For example, a toy—you can pick up your toys; clothing—you can put away your clothing; a picture book—you can help a younger brother or sister look at a picture book; a picture of a smiling child—you can be cheerful and happy.

6. Invite two or three good storytellers from your ward to visit Sharing Time. Have each share a personal story that will encourage the children to “do good to all men.”