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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

{Sharing Time} The Sabbath is a Day of Rest and Worship


Sharing Time Ideas from 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (unscrambling words): Give each class an envelope containing nine pieces of paper with one of the following words written on each: The Sabbath is a day of rest and worship. Ask them to put the words in the correct order. Discuss the meaning of “rest” and “worship.” Repeat the phrase together. (Click here for printable from lds.org)

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing scriptures): Write the following scripture references on the board: Exodus 20:8–11; Luke 23:56; Mosiah 18:23; Doctrine and Covenants 68:29. Explain that Heavenly Father created the world in six days (hold up six fingers and wiggle them), but on the seventh day He rested (hold up seven fingers and hold them still), and all through time He has commanded His children to rest on the seventh, or Sabbath, day and keep it holy. Invite four children to read the scriptures on the board. Ask the children to listen and discover what principle is being taught. Point out that the scriptures were all written at different times in the history of the world but they all teach the same principle. Explain that keeping the Sabbath day holy means doing things that will bring us closer to Heavenly Father.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (playing a game): Have the children count off the days of the week one by one, starting with Monday. Ask the child who says “Sunday” to suggest an appropriate activity for the Sabbath. Repeat as time allows.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

Fill In The Blank (Identify the Doctrine):

On the board have this statement written:
The ________ is a _____ of ______ and ________.
Underneath the sentence have 4 columns of possible words (4-5 words)that could fit in each blank. The first column will be for the first word, the second column for the second word and so on.

Invite a child up and have them choose a word from the first column that they think might fit. Then invite a second child up to the front and have them pick a word from the second column and so on. Once all the words have been chosen read the sentence aloud and ask the children if they think that is correct.
If it is not correct you could tell the children which words are in the correct space and then have them try again on the wrong spaces.

When the sentence is correct have everyone repeat it together. Discuss the meaning of “rest” and “worship.”

Encourage Understanding:
Before Primary write these scriptures references onto pieces of paper:
Exodus 20:8–11
Luke 23:56
Mosiah 18:23
D&C 68:29
Tape each of the 4 pieces of paper underneath 4 primary chairs.
Ask the children if they know how many days it took Heavenly Father to create the world. Explain that Heavenly Father created the world in six days, but on the seventh day He rested.
All through time He has commanded His children to rest on the seventh, or Sabbath, day and keep it holy. Tell the children that you have hidden four scriptures underneath 4 chairs. Have the children look under their chairs and if they have a piece of paper have them bring the paper and their scriptures (if they have them) up to the front of the room.

Tell the children that we are going to read 4 scriptures, and you would like them to count how many times they hear the word “Sabbath”.
Invite the first child to read their scripture aloud, then continue until all scriptures have been read aloud.

After all scriptures have been read ask the children how many times they heard the word “Sabbath”. Then ask them if they know what principle was being taught in the scriptures that were read. Point out that the scriptures were all written at different times in the history of the world but they all teach the same principle. Explain that keeping the Sabbath day holy means doing things that will bring us closer to Heavenly Father.

Sunday Sundae
Sharing Time Activity

The activity I am sharing today is actually one that I have shared before, but it's a great idea that I found on Sugardoodle, so I thought I'd share it again. :) Enjoy!

For this activity you will be creating an Ice Cream Sundae. Each of the toppings will represent appropriate Sabbath activities. This is sure to be a HIT!

For this activity invite the Bishop in to help or ask one of the adults in Primary.
As you are getting everything ready for your ‘Sunday Sundae’ explain to the children that you they are going to be discussing appropriate activities that we could do on the Sabbath Day. In order for us to discuss these activities we are going to make a ‘Sunday Sundae’! Uncover the ice cream.

In the front of the Primary room on a table, have a large bowl or ice cream dish. Scoop up some ice cream and tell the children that this is the first thing for your special ‘Sunday Sundae’. On the table have several different toppings (chocolate syrup, sprinkles, cherries, whip cream, etc.). Show the children the toppings and tell them that these represent appropriate things that we can do on Sunday.
Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them pick a topping (but don’t let them put the topping on yet). Once they have picked their topping, have them share an appropriate activity for the Sabbath. Once they have shared an activity have them put their topping onto the ice cream. Then pick another child to come to the front or have the child pick someone to come to the front.
After a few toppings have been added, ask the Bishop to taste the Sundae.
Keep asking for ideas until your toppings have run out.

Then say, “Wow!  It really looks like we have a great sundae.  And if we choose to do things on Sunday that makes Heavenly Father happy, then we can have a great Sunday also.”

But…..

What if we choose to do something that we shouldn’t do on Sunday? What if we forget to buy something for our dinner and have to run to the store to buy it (drop a few coins into the sundae or any other ‘gross’ topping) Would that ruin your Sunday?
You could ask your Bishop to take a bite of his Sundae and let you know. haha 

What if your soccer team was playing in an all-star tournament and you just couldn’t miss it? (sprinkle dirt and grass)  Would that ruin your Sunday?

What if company was coming for dinner and you didn’t do your chores Saturday like you were supposed to…now you have to clean the bathroom before they come...Would that ruin your Sunday?

Ask your Bishop if he’d like to take a bite of his Sundae now.

Close with a story from The Friend or read a scripture to the children to help remind them that the Sabbath is a holy day.
Bear your testimony of the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. Explain that when we do things that aren't appropriate on the Sabbath it ruins our Sunday and it isn't as special or spiritual. Finish with a challenge to the children -- don't ruin your Sunday!



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Sharing Time} Scripture Study Gives Me and My Family Spiritual Strength.


  Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (answering questions): Ask the children to flex their arm muscles and show their physical strength. Ask what they can do to get stronger physically. Hold up your scriptures and explain that our spirits can get stronger as we read the scriptures. Ask the children to say “scripture study” each time you raise your scriptures. Ask a few questions that can be answered with this phrase, such as “What can help me to think good thoughts?” and “How can I gain strength to choose the right?” Hold up your scriptures after each question so the children can respond. (If children bring their scriptures to Primary, invite them to raise their own scriptures as they repeat “scripture study” in answer to your questions.)

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing a scripture story): Prepare three pictures on the board to represent the ways Jesus Christ was tempted in Matthew 4:1–11. Beneath each picture, write the corresponding scripture reference (Matthew 4:4, Matthew 4:7, and Matthew 4:10). Explain that Jesus Christ used the scriptures when He was tempted. Read Matthew 4:1–11 aloud, stopping after each temptation to clarify and ask, “What gave Jesus spiritual strength?” Hold up your scriptures to help the children answer, and invite a child to read Jesus Christ’s response from the scriptures. Explain that “it is written” means that Jesus was quoting scripture. Encourage application (memorizing a scripture): Ask each class to choose and memorize together a short phrase from the scriptures that could give them and their families spiritual strength (for example, Luke 1:37, 1 Nephi 3:7, or D&C 10:5).


 Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I had a hard time coming up with an idea for this week. I didn't want to come up with something totally different than the outline, so I decided to stick pretty close to the idea given in the outline.

Ask the children to flex their arm muscles and show their physical strength. Invite a child to come to the front and show them some weights and ask them if they know what they are. Have them lift the weights a few times. Then ask the children ‘If he/she lifts these weights every day what will happen?’
Their answers might include: ‘get stronger,’ ‘get BIG muscles,’ etc.

Just like exercise can make our bodies stronger there is something that we can use to make our spirits stronger. Does anyone have any idea what that might be?

You could give the children a few clues or have the child up at the front of the room give clues, and have the rest of the children guess what it is. Then hold up some scriptures and explain that our spirits can get stronger as we read the scriptures.

{Encourage Understanding} 
At the front of the room on a chalkboard or poster-board, have your 3 pictures described in the outline (bread, temple, mountains).
Explain that Jesus Christ used the scriptures when He was tempted. Tell the children that you are going to read from the scriptures about a time that Jesus was tempted. Read Matthew 4:1–11 aloud, stopping after each temptation.
Up at the front of the room have 3 dumbells. If you have real ones then have those placed underneath each picture. On each dumbbell have each of the scripture references listed in the outline attached to the dumbells (1st dumbbell: Matthew 4:4, 2nd: Matthew 4:7, and 3rd: Matthew 4:10).
If you don’t have real ones then just find a picture of dumbbells and write the scripture references on the back.
Invite a child up to the front and have them pick up the dumbbell. Have them look up the scripture and read it aloud. Then clarify and ask, “What gave Jesus spiritual strength?”
Hold up your scriptures to help the children answer.
Explain that “it is written” means that Jesus was quoting scripture.


Activity:
For this activity you will need a child and a large button up shirt.
You will be asking the children to share ways that the scriptures can give them strength. For every idea you will be stuffing the child's shirt to give them 'muscles'.

Invite a child up to the front and have them put on the large button up shirt over their clothing.

Tell the children that we need to help _______(child's name) gain some 'spiritual strength'. You can show the children how 'wimpy' the child looks with the huge shirt on. You could even have them lift the weights, but have them pretend to be weak.

Explain to the children that they are going to share ways that the scriptures can give us spiritual strength.
To stuff the child's shirt use crumpled paper, socks, stuffing, etc. 

 Invite the children up one at a time to share a way that the scriptures can give them strength:
“The scriptures can help me to have good thoughts?”
“The scriptures can give me strength to choose the right?”

You could even have the child wearing the shirt raise some scriptures each time he/she hears the words scriptures. Invite the other children to do the same.

After a few children have shared different ways and the child is now 'spiritually strong' have the child show the other children that he/she is now strong!

Remind the children how important it is to study our scriptures.


That's it! I hope you like my Sharing Time idea 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.

sheena
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

{Personal Progress} YW Ice Cream Party


Have your YW been busy working on Personal Progress this summer?
Do you need a fun mutual idea to reward your girls? 

At the beginning of summer I had a Personal Progress Ice Cream party for the YW in my ward. It was fun and delicious! And I was able to catch up on where all the girls were and what they had passed off.

For the activity I thought it would be fun to have a Personal Progress Ice Cream Bar. To do this I thought of an ice cream topping for each value:

Faith (white): Whipped Cream
Divine Nature (blue): Blueberries
Individual Worth (red): Strawberries or Strawberry Syrup
Knowledge (green): M&M's 
Choice & Accountability (orange): crushed Butterfinger candy bars
Good Works (yellow): Bananas
Integrity (purple): Purple Sprinkles
Virtue (gold): Gold wrapped Reese's PB Cups

The Sunday before the party I handed each of them an invitation and told them in order to get a bowl for their ice cream they had to bring their Personal Progress booklets. :)

The Night of the Party!
 On a table at the front of the room I set up our toppings. I created some topping signs to place by each topping, so the girls knew which topping was for each value. Here's an peek at what they look like:
All flower embellishments came from Shabby Princess & Sahlin Studio.
I just printed my cards out and folded in half. Then I just placed each card beside each 'Value Topping.'

To begin I asked the girls who remembered to bring their booklets. Most of the girls brought them, yay! The girls that brought them received a waffle bowl for remembering their booklets, the rest of the girls received styrofoam bowls.
I then told the girls that they could only choose toppings from the values that they had completed an experience/project from (this is where their booklets come in handy). 

I also had a game for the girls.
Personal Progress BINGO
This was their BINGO board.


I gave each girl a board and then told them the first 3 to get a BINGO won a prize. They had to read the card and use their booklets to figure out what they have done for Personal Progress.

They were so excited about the game. The winners won a gift certificate to a local Ice cream shop, I also thought of Ice cream flavored gum as a prize as well.

As the girls ate their ice cream and visited I interviewed the girls to see how they were doing with Personal Progress.

Overall it was a great night. I was able to check on what the girls had accomplished over the last few months and the girls were excited to reward themselves for their hard work.

Today I am sharing my BINGO Cards (like the one above & blank as well) with all of you as well as my Ice Cream Topping labels. Just click the links below:





I would love to hear how your own Personal Progress Ice Cream Party goes if you decide to have one.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!
sheena
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Friday, August 1, 2014

{Sharing Time} "Pray in Your Families Unto the Father...That Your [Families] May be Blessed."


Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing pictures and reciting a scripture): Show a picture of Jesus Christ, and tell the children that He taught, “Pray in your families unto the Father . . . that your [families] may be blessed” (3 Nephi 18:21). Repeat this scripture with the children a few times. Show a picture of a family praying, and discuss the picture with the children. Explain that in family prayer, we thank Heavenly Father for our blessings and ask Him to help and bless our families.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (singing and sharing ideas): Ask the children to form one or more circles. Sing “Family Prayer” (CS, 189). Invite each child to share something he or she might thank or ask Heavenly Father for in family prayer and then link arms with another child in the circle. When all the children are linked, emphasize how families are held together, blessed, and strengthened through family prayer.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week I am sharing different ways of playing the ‘Encourage Understanding and Application” idea found in the outline. There are several different ways you could play, so take a look and pick which one fits best.

Prayer Punch: I thought it would be fun to create a Punch-A-Box and call it ‘Prayer Punch’. Inside each of your cups place a picture of a family member {ex: Mom, Father, Brother, Sister, Grandmother, etc.} with either ‘Ask Thee’ or ‘Thank Thee’ written on the back.
Invite a child up to the front and have them ‘Punch’ and then have them retrieve the picture from the cup. Have them think of something that particular person could pray for.
Example: Let’s say inside the cup that was punched was a picture of a ‘Mother’ and ‘Thank Thee’ was written on the picture.
The child could say that a Mother could Thank Heavenly Father for her family.
If the picture had ‘Ask Thee’ the child could say that a Mother might ‘ask’ Heavenly Father to bless a sick family member, or to watch over her family.
Family Prayer Link: I really like the idea of demonstrating how families are linked together. So for this idea you could create a ‘Family’ paper chain.
On rectangle pieces of paper have a name or picture of a family member. On each piece of paper you could also write “Ask Thee” or “Thank Thee”.
Place the papers inside of a ‘Punch-A-Box’, inside of balloons, underneath primary chairs or have them hidden around the room.
Once a piece of the chain is found have the child think of something that that particular family member could pray for.
Once he/she gives an answer attach it to the rest of your family paper chain.
Once all pieces have been found attach each end to each other. Show the chain to the children and emphasize how families are held together, blessed, and strengthened through family prayer.

If you decide to use the ‘Punch-A-Box idea’ you could label 6 cups with each of the letters from P-R-A-Y-E-R. Inside the cups place your pieces of paper. Just punch the cups and have the child retrieve the paper from inside and answer the question.

I also created some Family Prayer Slips that you can use for your game (whichever you decide to use). Here is what they look like:


I made them long enough for those that may use the paper chain idea. Just click on the link and print them out!





Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions or problems don't hesitate to send me an email {littleldsideas(at)hotmail(dot)com}.
 Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena
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