Tag Archive: 2016 Primary

{Sharing Time} Reading, Watching, & Listening to wholesome things keeps my mind clean

Introduce the doctrine: Show the children two glasses, one with dirty water and one with clean water. Ask the children which one they would rather drink and why. Tell the children that our minds are like the glasses, and we should put only clean and good things in them. Write the following sentence on the board, and have the children say it with you: “Reading, watching, and listening to wholesome things keeps my mind clean.” Consider teaching the children simple hand actions to help them remember the sentence. For example, for the word reading, put your hands out like you are holding a book; for the word watching, point to your eye; for listening, cup your hand around your ear; and for mind, point to your forehead. Repeat the sentence several times, substituting the actions for the words.
Encourage understanding: Show the children a picture of Jesus Christ with children, and ask them to look at it for a few seconds. Cover the picture and ask the children to tell you details they remember about it. Help the children understand that we remember the things we see. Explain that when we fill our minds with good things we also think of good things. Show the picture again, and have the children sing “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (CS, 74–75). Ask the children to share how the song makes them feel. Explain that listening to good music helps us feel the Spirit and keeps our minds clean.

I LOVE the part about having them sing the song and I’ve created a poster with one of my favorite paintings of the Savior and I have included the lyrics underneath because let’s face it, it’s an AMAZING song!

“Consider how we use our time in the choices we are making in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the internet, or reading book or magazines…. Some things are better, and others are best,”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks

This handout — in my opinion- is worth to print for each child or family to 1) remember the lesson 2) have something tangible to decide what is good/bad. Everything on this handout word-wise has been taken from THIS Friend article, I just wanted to make it more towards the game with the ice cream and be more friendly to the printer.

This week takes me back to my own youth and a Mormon ad that was in the New Era. Do you remember it?  Awe… 2002….. (back to reality)

Even after 15 years, I still remember this ad and I wanted to create a game/printables around this ad.

Would you eat a bowl of ice cream if you knew that there was a bug in it? Would you keep eating the ice cream if you discover a bug in your ice cream after you’ve already started eating?

Probably not! Why? It’s still ice cream!

(write responses onto the board)
We don’t eat bugs
Bugs are gross

Today there are many good things to watch, read, and listen to, but there are also many bad choices. We must be careful about what images and thoughts we allow into our minds because we remember the things that we see. When we fill our minds with good things we have good uplifting thoughts.

How to play the game:
Printouts (print on sturdy cardstock)
White crayon
Permanent Marker
Acrylic Paint
Dish Soap
Paint brush

After printing and assembling the game board (16×16 when assembled) using the white crayon cover each ice cream heavily with the crayon. Mix 2 parts paint to 1 part dish soap (1:1 is fine too). Paint over the ice creams. Dry completely. Mark each ice cream 1-10 with your marker in order or scramble them up.

Please note that this game will take some of your own creativeness in creating the scenarios. I have included 7 of them. There are 4 “bugged” ice cream and 6 good ice cream. The bugged can be scenarios of things that we shouldn’t be doing. I have numbered them in order but you can easily scramble the numbers all over the board.

I think it’s really important to touch on pornography (please don’t delve into it, as it’s the parents that need to fully explain. Here’s some Friend articles that can give you ideas on how to go over it .
Crash and Tell — this Friend article has some great internet safety tips that would be perfect to go over,
Finding Help — talks about talking with parents after seeing things on the tv
Oh No! Now what? — seeing inappropriate images, gives things to do now.

Staying Media Smart

1. Always ask a parent for permission before you use the Internet or watch TV, and use computers or televisions only in an open area of your home, within the view of your parents.
2. Go only to Web sites that you and your parents know are good for children. Ask your parents to set your TV and Web browser to block bad content.
3. Don’t be afraid to leave the room or ask someone to turn off movies, video games, or music that makes you feel uncomfortable.
4. If you have a page on a social-networking Web site, ask your parents to help you make sure that people you don’t know can’t see your page.
5. When you are on the Internet, don’t give someone you don’t know personal information like your name, address, or phone number.
6. Don’t send someone you don’t know a photograph of yourself.
7. Never agree to meet in person someone you “met” on the Internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents.
8. Don’t give anyone your passwords.
9. Don’t open an e-mail from someone you don’t know. If you get an e-mail you’re unsure about, check with your parents.

Included in the download:
-Weekly Theme Poster
-Savior Picture/Song
– Ice cream and bug checklist

For your reference and study:


{Sharing Time} Living the Word of Wisdom shows respect for my body

Encourage understanding: On one side of the board write “Commandments” and the following scripture reference: D&C 89:7–9, 12, 14, 16. On the other side, write “Promises” and the following reference: D&C 89:18–21. Have half of the children read the first set of scriptures and look for commandments the Lord has given us in the Word of Wisdom. Have the other children read the remaining scriptures and look for blessings He has promised us if we obey. Discuss what the commandments and blessings mean.

Encourage application: Invite one child to say, “I will live the Word of Wisdom by ______” and fill in the blank with something he or she will do to live the Word of Wisdom. Then invite another child to repeat the phrase and the first child’s response and then add his or her own response. Ask a third child to repeat the phrase and both of the other children’s responses and then add another response. Repeat as time allows, with each child adding a response.

As we have learned the last couple of weeks, this week is no different. We are given our bodies as a precious gift from a loving Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father wants us to take care of our bodies.
Each day though we are faced with temptations that could harm our bodies so Heavenly Father has given us some information to help us make good choices in what we eat and put into our bodies. This is called the Word of Wisdom.

I have included printables for the ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING section so you can have the kids come up and write on the board the different things that they find for each section.

What has the Lord commanded us not to take into our bodies?

The Lord has commanded us to not use wine and strong drinks, meaning those that contain alcohol.
The Lord has also told us that tobacco is harmful to our bodies and our spirits. These are found in things like cigarettes and chewing tabacco.
We have also been told not to use hot drink. The leaders of the Church have told us that this means coffee and tea which both contain harmful ingredients.
We should not use drugs unless they are prescribed by a doctor. Many drugs when not used correctly can do more harm that even alcohol and tobacco.

For this game you’ll be playing a “guess what it is” type of game with different clues. Bring in a fly swatter/ sticky darts/ bean bags etc so the kids can guess what the clue matches!
I have included image links for each of the clues. You will need to save/print each. You can also easily create your own clues and cut out images from magazines/grocery ads.
Scatter them on the floor face up (if you would like to talk about the food pyramid you can make one using painter’s tape on the floor then put your pictures where they go on the pyramid then play your game.

1) A baked good make from dough. Most of us buy this at the store already sliced and ready to use. Typically used to make a sandwich. (Bread)
2) A fruit that grows in bunches on a vine. Can be used to make a juice. These are used to make raisins when they are dried. (Grapes)
3) This dairy product is made using the milk of animals. There are lots of kinds and many of us put it on a lot of things, like pizza! (Cheese)
4) A vegetable that grows in the ground and is the color orange. It has green leaves at the top. It’s a favorite food of rabbits! (Carrots)
5) A dessert sometimes used for birthdays. A treat usually just for one person. They are sometimes decorated with frosting and sprinkles. (Cupcakes)
6) This protein comes from a bird and is used in many things. We sometimes eat these at breakfast or decorate them for Easter. (Eggs)
7) This fruit is a favorite during the summer. You can find them with black and white seeds in them and they are VERY juicy. You eat the red part but not the green! (Watermelon)
8) This vegetable grows on a stalk and is a bright yellow when it’s ready to be picked but you can’t see the yellow because it’s covered by a green husk. Sometimes in the fall, farmers create mazes with them to go through. (Corn)
9) This meat is from big bird that can’t fly. We usually have it during the month of November. It’s a common lunch meat to find on your sandwich. (Turkey)
10) This is a popular breakfast food. Sometimes people add yummy fruits to it. We can either eat with a bowl and some milk or eat it for a tasty snack. (Cereal)

The activity above I think is more geared towards Sr. Primary but I’m sure some of the clues you could use in Jr. But I’ve made up a fun little printable you can use in Jr. Primary.

Bring in some crayons and let the children color the things that are good for their bodies. I have included some “junk” food so you can talk about that a little bit.

Another thing that you can talk about it the food pyramid. Talk about each section and why each of these are important for our bodies (here’s a great article about why it’s important)

As I was looking on LDS.org for different articles for this week. I found this BEAUTY of a quote by President Monson. And I created a poster for you!

Included in the download:
Weekly Theme Poster
Fun activity for Jr Primary
President Monson Quote

For your reference and study:

{Sharing Time} My Body is a Temple

Introduce the doctrine: Before Primary, write the phrase “Ye are the temple of God” (1 Corinthians 3:16) on the board. Show the children pictures of temples, and ask them what makes a temple so special (it is a house of the Lord, clean, well cared for, and a place where the Holy Ghost can come). Write their responses on the board. Explain that our bodies, like temples, are sacred and need to be treated with respect by ourself and others.

Encourage understanding and application: Copy the picture on page 47 of the nursery manual, Behold Your Little Ones. Cut out the circles in the picture, and put them in a container. Ask a child to choose one of the circles. Ask the children how the picture reminds them to treat their bodies like temples. Give each child a copy of the picture, and invite them to color it. Invite older children to write one thing under each circle that they will do this week to treat their bodies like temples. Invite the children to take their pictures home to teach their family how they can treat their bodies like temples.

Encourage application: Display a copy of “My Gospel Standards.” Ask the children to identify which gospel standards teach them how to treat their bodies like temples. Invite the children to turn to someone sitting nearby and share one way they are treating their body like a temple. Then ask them to think about one way they can improve. Invite a few of the children to share their thoughts with everyone.

I have based my ideas off of this article in the Friend.
(included in the download is this to print out on LEGAL paper-8.5×14)

In this article, the author poses 5 questions and they are just so good and perfect for what we need to get across that I didn’t want to change them. They are:
What’s great about having a body?
Why do we have bodies?
What if there are things I don’t like about my body? (I love this one!)
Why doesn’t everyone look alike?
How should I treat my body?

I have created board size printouts with these questions and an “answer” box for each that are all color coded. You can play different variations with these.

1) Bring in some sticky darts and see if the kids can “dart” the pairs then discuss. Bean bags are also great for this (with the ground rules of no throwing)
These sticky darts are the ones I always have on hand but you can typically find them at party supply stores.

2) Create key words for each of the answer boxes and  have the kids try to match the key word (write or print on the back of the answer boxes) to the question.

3) Have all the questions up on the board, scatter the answer boxes around the room on walls, under chairs, etc. Have the kids find the answer box that goes with the question, then discuss.

I have also included some illustrations from different Friend magazines about some things we can do with our bodies. You can put these up with the temple pictures from the “Introduce the doctrine” and ask the kids how are our bodies the same as temples?
There are 5 in all for the illustrations.

I wanted you to be able to send the kids home with something to summarize the lesson and I just loved this illustration from Susan Fitch and knew that it’d be perfect for this handout.
(download includes 8×10 and sheet of 4×6)


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