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{Sharing Time} Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ Love Me

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Have the pianist play the first two notes of a song that teaches about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s love for us, and have the children guess the song. Add one note at a time until the children guess correctly. Sing the song together and then discuss what the song teaches about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s love for us. List the children’s ideas on the board. Repeat with each song. Consider using the following songs: “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (CS, 228–29), “Thanks to Our Father” (CS, 20), “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (CS, 74–75), and “I Am a Child of God” (CS, 2–3).

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION: Give each child a piece of paper and have them draw one way they know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them. You may want to refer the children to the ideas you listed on the board in the activity above. Tape the pictures together, and display them in a roller box (see TNGC, 178–79) or unroll them as you would a scroll. As the children watch, have the pianist play one of the songs listed above.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION: Write some examples of ways that Heavenly Father shows His love for us and ways we show our love for Him on separate pieces of paper. Put the pieces of paper in a container, and have a child pull them out one at a time. Read each one aloud. If it is something that shows Heavenly Father’s love for us, have the children stretch one arm upward. If it shows our love for Heavenly Father, have them put their hands over their heart.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I am sharing some fun ideas that you can use over the next 2 weeks for Sharing Time. I used a great idea from this month’s Friend as one of the activities. To read the whole article click HERE.

Enjoy!
{Sharing Time} Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ Love Me

Before Primary cut out a large heart. You can leave the heart as is or you can write:

‘How do you know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love you?’

Just like the ‘Encourage Understanding’ in the outline, pick a song and have the pianist play the first few notes of the song. Keep adding notes until a child guesses what the song is.

Explain to the children that there are many songs that teach us about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s love for us.

Show the children the heart that you have cut out and tell them that you are going to play ‘Hot & Cold’. One child will go out of the room while another child hides the heart.

The child that is out of the room will come into the room. The remaining children will begin singing a song (preferably the one you played at the beginning). As the child gets closer to the heart have the children sing louder and as they move further from the heart have them sing quietly.

Once the child finds the heart have them share a way that they know Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love them.

Write the answer on the board and then pick a new child to hunt for a heart.

Another Idea:

You could cut out several hearts and leave them blank. As the children answer how they know Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love them, write the answer on the heart. String the hearts onto a ribbon or string to make a heart banner. After all the children have had a turn, hang up the hearts somewhere in the Primary room for all the children to see.

Remind the children that our Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love them very much.

Encourage Understanding & Application

I was looking through this month’s Friend and saw an idea that would be great for this section of the Sharing Time Outline. You could do the above idea for the 3rd week and save this idea for the 4th week.

Write 4-5 examples of ways that Heavenly Father shows His love for us and ways we show our love for Him on separate pieces of paper. 
 {Sharing Time} Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ Love Me
Create a Punch-A-Box {picture below} and place each piece of paper inside the cups of the punch-a-box. Click HERE to read how to make a Punch-A-Box.
Invite a child up to the front and have them punch a box and read the slip of paper aloud.

If it is something that shows Heavenly Father’s love for us, have the children stretch one arm upward. If it shows our love for Heavenly Father, have them put their hands over their heart.


Helping Hands
Explain to the children that when Jesus was on the earth, He loved and served everyone. We

can follow His example today and show our love for Jesus by serving others.

In this month’s Friend they had a challenge for all the children. They are collecting ‘helping hands’ and are asking all the children to help them out. Here is what it says in The Friend:

“How many helping hands can we collect this year? Do

a good deed and help us find out!

1.   Trace your hand on a piece of paper and cut it out.

2. Write about how you followed Jesus by serving someone—or

about how someone served you. It can be something big or small.”

Explain to the children that today they are going to make some helping hands and send them to The Friend.

You will need pieces of paper and crayons/markers for each child…and some adult helpers. :)

Have the children trace their hands and write some service that they have done.

Once everyone is finished have a few children share what their helping hand says.

Remind the children that our Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love us and that we can show our love for them by serving others.


I hope you enjoy my Sharing Time ideas for this week as well as the children in your Primary.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

{Sharing Time} Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ Love Me

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{Primary} Primary Helper Sticks

By [email protected] (Sheena Perron) Sometimes it is hard choosing your helpers during Sharing Time. Especially when you say, “I’m only going to pick children that are being reverent.” And then miraculously…everyone is super reverent! I also have a hard time because I have 3 children in Primary and I don’t want the others to think […]

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{Primary} Primary Helper Sticks

Sometimes it is hard choosing your helpers during Sharing Time. Especially when you say, “I’m only going to pick children that are being reverent.” And then miraculously…everyone is super reverent! I also have a hard time because I have 3 children in Primary and I don’t want the others to think I am favoring my children (silly…I know, but that is just how I feel).

So to solve these issues and to learn each child’s name we have decided to use ‘Helper Sticks’.

{Primary} Primary Helper Sticks

What do you think? I really like how they turned out.
Want to know how I made them? Keep on reading!

Supplies Needed:
- White Full Sheet Sticker Paper
(I found mine at my local Office Store, but you can also find it on Amazon).
-Jumbo Popsicle Sticks
- Scissors (I used my Silhouette to do the cutting)
- Marker
- Jar or Small Can
{Primary} Primary Helper Sticks

As I said above, I used my Silhouette Cutter to cut out my labels. I created the labels using the Silhouette software, printed them out onto the sticker paper and then had the machine cut them. 

If you don’t have a Silhouette, no worries!
First you will need to create what you want your labels to look like OR
you can use the ones I created.
Click on the link below to download and print out my Popsicle Stick labels. They will look exactly like the ones pictured above, but the name box is blank. I did leave the ‘visitor’ one as is.

{There are 14 labels per sheet}

Once you have printed out all the labels that you need your next job will be to cut them out.
Using scissors, cut around each label. Cut, Cut, Cut, until all labels are done.

Now, get your popsicle sticks and apply each of the stickers onto the sticks. 

{Primary} Primary Helper Sticks


After each of the stickers are on the sticks get a marker and label each stick with each of the children’s names.

Finally, get a jar or a cute container and place your fun ‘Helper Sticks’ inside!
We have 2 buckets for our Primary. We use one as a ‘Pick Me’ and then the other is for ‘Already Picked’. This helps us to know that everyone has had a turn. It may not happen in one week, but by having the 2 buckets we can know who was picked as a helper last week and be able to pick those that might not have helped.

Etsy Shop
I have added my Sticker Labels to my Etsy shop. If you would like some ‘Helper Sticks’ but don’t want to cut out each label yourself, then visit my Etsy Shop. If you have any custom requests just leave me a message. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
{Primary} Primary Helper Sticks

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Activity: New Years Resolutions

By Erin Isenberg As people all over the world make New Years Resolutions, you might want to make some with your Primary. Make and draw strips with the following resolutions and/or others you might think of. As the children draw a strip from the hat, read the resolution and see if they can think of […]

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{Sharing Time} December 2014: The Son of God was Born on Earth

Sharing Time Idea from 2014 Outline

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE:Ask the children: “Have you ever waited for something special to happen? Did it seem like a long time to wait? How did you feel when it finally happened?” Give the children an opportunity to share the feelings they had. Explain that since the time of Adam and Eve, our Father in Heaven promised that a very important event would take place. Righteous people looked forward anxiously to this event. Softly whisper to a small group of children, “The Son of God was born on earth.” Have them whisper the sentence to the other children, and then ask all of the children to whisper it together.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING(sharing a story and singing a song): Ask the children to share what they know about Jesus’s birth (see Luke 2:1–20). Fill in the story with details the children don’t mention. Sing “Stars Were Gleaming” (CS, 37), and invite the children to imagine what the shepherds felt when they heard the angels sing. Encourage application (making a Christmas card): Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil or crayons. Help them fold the paper like a greeting card. Invite them to make a Christmas card for their family by drawing pictures of the birth of Jesus Christ. On the front, have them write “The Son of God Was Born on Earth.”

Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

I have used this idea for Sharing Time, FHE, Christmas Eve lesson…and the children always enjoy it.



{Sharing Time} December 2014: The Son of God was Born on Earth

You will need a nativity set (the Fisher Price ones are great for this) or use a ‘build your own’ picture of a nativity. You can find a great one on Green Jell-o with Carrots, found HERE (they have a few different ones, so look around).

Begin by doing the Identify Doctrine activity.

Ask the children: “Have you ever waited for something special to happen? Did it seem like a long time to wait? How did you feel when it finally happened?” Give the children an opportunity to share the feelings they had. Explain that since the time of Adam and Eve, our Father in Heaven promised that a very important event would take place. Righteous people looked forward anxiously to this event. Softly whisper to a small group of children, “The Son of God was born on earth.” Have them whisper the sentence to the other children, and then ask all of the children to whisper it together.

During this time of year we give and receive gifts, hear wonderful music, see a man in a big red suit with his little reindeer, etc., etc…..but Christmas is actually a very special time. Tell them that we were given a great gift and that is why we celebrate Christmas.

Show the children the stable, and tell them that today they are going to learn about the Birth of Jesus Christ. Have the children repeat:

“The Son of God Was Born on Earth.”

There are different ways you can do this activity.

1.    Have the stable on a table at the front of the room, and the remaining pieces in a bag or another container, to the side. As you read the story from Luke, invite a child up to find the piece that was read in that verse.

At the end you will have every piece of your nativity set up.

2.    Place each piece of the nativity inside of a box and tie a bow around the box. Then add a number to each box. Just make sure you number the boxes correctly. You will want them numbered in the order they appear in the scripture. Begin reading verse by verse. When you are about to read about box #1 invite the child who has #1 to open the box. As you read the scripture (or another child read) invite the child to come to the front and have them add their piece to the nativity.

3.    You could also have the scripture reference along with the piece wrapped inside of a box. Number the boxes. Begin by choosing a child to come to the front and pick box #1. Have them open the box and find the scripture reference. Have them read it aloud, and then show the piece to everyone. Have them add the piece to the nativity.

4.    You could combine Singing Time & Sharing Time by doing the activity this way: Have your nativity set wrapped into individual boxes. Begin with box #1 (have the nativity piece and the scripture inside the box). Tell the children that they will sing the song and pass the gift around. When the music stops they must stop passing the gift. Whoever is holding the gift when the music stops, will get to open the gift.

Invite the child to the front of the room to open the gift. Have them read the scripture and then show the piece to everyone. Then have them add it to the nativity.

5.    Baby Jesus: You could leave Jesus for the very last. Have the last child open the gift with baby Jesus inside. You could then explain WHY Jesus is our greatest gift. Using the pictures from the Gospel Art Kit you could quickly go through some of the major events during Christ’s life. Explain to the children that Jesus was sent to Earth and that He was sent here for us.



And that’s it! I hope you enjoy the ideas I have shared for this week.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Thanks for stopping by!

{Sharing Time} December 2014: The Son of God was Born on Earth

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{Sharing Time} Remembering Jesus Christ Helps Me Choose the Right

By [email protected] (Sheena Perron) Sharing Time Idea from the 2014 OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(listening to scriptures): Invite the children to close their eyes and imagine what life would be like if everyone made right choices. Ask a few of them to share what they imagined. Tell them that there was a time in the Book of […]

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{Sharing Time} Remembering Jesus Christ Helps Me Choose the Right

Sharing Time Idea from the 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(listening to scriptures): Invite the children to close their eyes and imagine what life would be like if everyone made right choices. Ask a few of them to share what they imagined. Tell them that there was a time in the Book of Mormon when this happened, and ask them to listen for how this time is described as a child reads 4 Nephi 1:15, 17. Explain that the people were able to choose the right because they remembered something very special. Retell the events from 3 Nephi 17:20–25. Invite the children to say together, “Remembering Jesus Christ helps me choose the right.”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (singing songs): Cover a picture of Christ blessing the Nephite children with some blank pieces of paper. Invite the children to think of songs that help them remember Jesus Christ. Sing a few of these songs together. Following each song, have a child remove a piece of paper from the picture. Repeat until all the pieces are removed. Discuss how the children in the picture may have made right choices following their experience with Jesus. Remind the children that when they remember Jesus they will want to choose the right. Ask them to name some things they can do to remember Jesus in their daily activities.




Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

To begin use the Identify the Doctrine idea from the outline.

Have the children close their eyes and imagine what life would be like if everyone made right choices. Ask a few of them to share what they imagined. Tell them that there was a time in the Book of Mormon when this happened, and ask them to listen for how this time is described as a child reads 4 Nephi 1:15, 17. Explain that the people were able to choose the right because they remembered something very special.

Have a small box wrapped like a gift. Explain to the children that the people in the scriptures remembered something very special. That very special something isn’t something that you can buy at a store. The special something is a gift from our Heavenly Father and He gave this special gift to the whole world. The gift was His own Son, Jesus Christ, who came to the earth to be our Savior.

Jesus showed us the way to live so that we can return to our Heavenly Father.

Invite the children to say together, 
“Remembering Jesus Christ helps me choose the right.

Before Primary get some other small boxes that you can use as gifts.

You will also need to make a copy or print out a picture of Christ blessing the Nephite children. Cut the picture into several puzzle pieces.

 In each of the small gifts place a puzzle piece. You could also include a piece of paper with a question. Some of the pieces of paper could say:

“Pick a song that reminds you of Jesus Christ.”

or

“What can you do to remember Jesus Christ daily?”

or

Come up with some scenarios

Place the items in each of the boxes and wrap them like a gift.

For your Sharing Time, place each of the gifts on a table at the front of the room. Invite a child up to the front and have them pick a gift. Have the child unwrap the gift to reveal the puzzle piece. Have them place the puzzle piece where they think it goes (you could have them do this on a chalkboard or bulletin board). Then ask them the question that is in the box. If it’s a song have the children sing the song, if it’s a question have them answer the question. Then continue with the next gift.

After all the gifts have been opened and the puzzle is all put together discuss how the children in the picture may have made right choices following their experience with Jesus.

Remind the children that when they remember Jesus they will want to choose the right. Ask a few children to name some things they can do to remember Jesus in their daily activities.

Encourage the children to think of Jesus often throughout their daily activities. You could even ask them to think of something that they will do. Have them write it down and tell them that that can be their gift to Jesus Christ.


This month’s Friend has a great little ‘gift’ picture that you could use for the children to write what they will do. Just click HERE to view the printable.

 I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

{Sharing Time} Remembering Jesus Christ Helps Me Choose the Right

Lesson Plans: December 2014

By Erin Isenberg Flipcharts and Visual Aides for Christmas Songs:Picture a ChristmasSamuel Tells of the Baby JesusThe Nativity SongWhen Joseph Went to Bethlehem Teach When Joseph Went to Bethlehem using scarves. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the author of this idea. If it’s yours, let me know and I’ll give you credit.)Build a nativity while you […]

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{Sharing Time} The Sacrament is a Time to Remember Jesus Christ.

By [email protected] (Sheena Perron) ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING(matching scriptures with pictures): Write the following scripture references on the board:I have come a long way from the original Punch-A-Box I first created…the Punch-A-Boxes I now use are simple (which is wonderful!). Using a foam board, hot glue the number of plastic cups needed.For this idea you will need […]

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{Sharing Time} The Sacrament is a Time to Remember Jesus Christ.


ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING(matching scriptures with pictures): Write the following scripture references on the board:
Around the room, place pictures depicting the events described in the scriptures (GAB 30, 47, 56, 57, and 59). Tell the children that the sacrament is a time to remember how much Jesus Christ loves us and all that He did for us. Ask a child to read one of the scriptures. Ask another child to choose a related picture and bring it to the front of the room. Repeat with the other scriptures.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION(playing a memory game): Place on a table items such as a picture of Christ in Gethsemane, a picture of the Last Supper, a piece of bread, a sacrament cup, sacrament trays, scriptures, and a hymnbook. Invite the children to briefly look at the items, and then cover them. Ask the children to work in groups to write down the items they remember seeing. Let the children explain how each item can help them remember Jesus Christ during the sacrament.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I love the idea given in the outline. It’s simple, but something the children will enjoy. I’m not going to share anything too fantastic today…just another option for the ‘Encourage Understanding’ and the ‘Encourage Application’ sections. Enjoy!

Sacrament Punch

In the outline the children will hear different scriptures and then pick which picture belongs to that picture. For this I thought it would be fun to bring in the good ol’ Punch-a-Box!


{Sharing Time} The Sacrament is a Time to Remember Jesus Christ.

I have come a long way from the original Punch-A-Box I first created…the Punch-A-Boxes I now use are simple (which is wonderful!).

Using a foam board, hot glue the number of plastic cups needed.
For this idea you will need 5 cups. You could throw in a few extra cups and add some scenarios of different types of behavior during Sacrament. You could have the children do a ‘thumbs up’ for ways we should act during Sacrament or a ‘thumbs down’ for irreverent behavior.

Ex: I was teasing my sister during Sacrament (thumbs down).
I read The Friend during Sacrament (thumbs up).
Now, on pieces of paper type/write the scripture references listed above. If you decide to add some scenarios be sure to type/write those onto pieces of paper as well.

Once your cups are glued to your foam board, place each of your pieces of paper inside of a cup.

{Sharing Time} The Sacrament is a Time to Remember Jesus Christ.

Next, get some tissue paper and cut large square pieces (just make sure they’re large enough to fit over the mouth of the cup). Get a rubber-band and place the rubber-band around the tissue paper and the mouth of the cup.

To Play!

Around the room, place pictures depicting the events described in the scriptures (GAB 30, 47, 56, 57, and 59). Tell the children that the sacrament is a time to remember how much Jesus Christ loves us and all that He did for us.

Show the children your Punch-A-Box and explain that today they are going to be playing ‘Sacrament Punch’. Tell the children that inside each of these cups are different scriptures references. Show them the pictures around the room (or you can have them posted on a chalkboard) and explain that each scripture matches one of the pictures.

The children will take turns coming to the front to ‘punch’ & retrieve a scripture. The scripture will be read aloud and then the child will have to decide which picture it belongs to.

I created some little tags that you could have the child place on the picture that they pick after they have read their scripture.

Here is what they look like:
{Sharing Time} The Sacrament is a Time to Remember Jesus Christ.


Sacrament I Spy
Here’s another option for the ‘Encourage Application’ idea. It’s very similar but with just a little change. Hope you like it.

Place several different items on a table such as:

a Picture of Christ in Gethsemane

a Picture of the Last Supper

a Piece of Bread

a Sacrament Cup

Sacrament Trays

Scriptures

a Hymnbook
Have the items covered with a towel or small blanket. Explain to the children that underneath the blanket are different items that we might see/use during the Sacrament.

Explain that you are going to invite one child up (you could even invite 2-3) to the front. You will uncover the items on the table for 15-20 seconds and let them look at the items. Then you will cover the items again and remove one item. You will then uncover the items once again for a short amount of time and see if they can guess which item is missing.

Once they have guessed which item is missing show the item to the other Primary children. Then invite the child to explain how that particular item can help them remember Jesus Christ during the Sacrament.


These are simple ideas, but they are fun and will help the children to learn the importance of the Sacrament and hopefully help them to learn that Sacrament is a time to remember Jesus Christ.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my Sharing Time Ideas. I love to hear if you use them and how they went, so leave me a comment and let me know.
Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

{Sharing Time} The Sacrament is a Time to Remember Jesus Christ.