I have had a few people email me about ideas for Sharing Time after the Primary Program and for the 5th Sunday.
To those who shared ideas as a comment, thanks! Here are some of the great ideas that were shared:
Krista shared this idea:
"I am the Primary Chorister in our ward and our program is this coming Sunday. I have something fun planned and I can't wait to see how it goes! I arranged with the Bishop to put index cards in all of the programs, we are going to ask the congregation to write short notes to the Primary kids about the program. All year I have been reminding the kids that we can bear our testimonies through music and I am excited for the kids to hear how their singing affects people. We are going to have a collection box right outside the chapel for them to drop their cards in and then we are going to read them during Primary. I can't take credit for this wonderful idea, I saw it posted on the Yahoo group that I belong to!"
Krista, I love this idea! I'm sure the children in your Primary loved it as well. Thanks for sharing.
"We had permission to show a church approved movie and had popcorn. We still did the opening prayer, scripture and talk. We then watched Johnny Lingo and passed out individual bags of popcorn to everyone. The kids thought that it was great and we talked a little bit after about the message of the movie. Of course afterward we vacuumed the primary room."
I think any child would love watching a movie and popcorn for Sharing Time. :) Great Idea, Cindy!
"We have a small primary so we let the kids earn ice cream sundaes and we serve them during singing/sharing time the Sunday of the program in the cultural hall. The kids love it. They earn each part of the sundae by passing off songs for the primary program.
Kids and Ice Cream....you can't go wrong with that! :)
"We have done a bunch of fun things in the past....at one practice (in the primary room) we recorded the program of the kids and watched that after the program with popcorn! the kids loved to see themselves! last year we made a giant life size game board with carpet mats (and some posterboard)and a huge dice and we put all the chairs up and the we had one kid from each class take a turn and roll the dice and ws had all sorts of questions from who is the prophet to reciting an article of faith. if they got it right their class got to move the number on the dice. then another kid from the class would swap (so the classes were all against each other) hope that makes sense..but it was super fun!
I love the recording your Program Idea. Children love seeing themselves on T.V., so I'm sure that Sharing Time was a hit!
Such great ideas! Thank you ladies for sharing. I know they will help someone out. :)
Just in case you missed my post earlier in the month, here are my Sharing Time ideas for October:
Fifth Sunday/Halloween Sharing Time Idea
I shared a Halloween idea in my previous post, but I also had another idea that would be great for the 5th Sunday.
I saw this on Pinterest, and it actually comes from Martha Stewart, but with a few changes this would make a great Sharing Time.
The original idea says to place candy inside each balloon. The children pop the balloons to get the candy. But after I saw this I thought 'How fun would that be for Sharing Time'.
Here is what I was thinking of doing:
You could play this like Cranium. In the game of Cranium you have different categories that consist of Questions, Drawing/Sculpting, Words/Definitions, and Charades.
I was thinking of doing this for my Sharing Time next week. I don't have it planned yet, but I was thinking of having categories like:
Cloodle: drawing or sculpting with clay
Singing Star: Have different songs and have the children sing, name that tune (by having the pianist play a certain number of notes), and Humdinger (have a child hum the song and have the children guess).
Scripture Search: Have different scripture references that have to do with prayer. Have a question for each scripture.
Charades: I might have them do some charades, but I may choose between Cloodle and Charades.
Who Am I: Have pictures of different scripture stories where prayers were answered. Have the children match or guess who the story is about.
At first I was thinking of putting questions inside each balloon, but instead of putting each question in each balloon, I may just put the name of a category in each balloon: Cloodle, Singing Star, Scripture Search, etc.
I will invite a child to come to the front and have them pick and pop a balloon. They will then need to find which category was in the balloon.
On a table to the side I will have cards, separated into each category, with the various questions/tasks on them. The child will then pick the top card from the category that was inside their balloon.
I might even have a big bucket/cauldron of candy as a reward. :)
Oh....and don't forget to add some 'Teacher Play' to the cards. This is where the child get to pick a teacher to do the task. This is always fun.
I think the children will have alot of fun doing this. And it has a little Halloween fun to it, but they're still learning the theme for the month.
If you don't want to do the Cranium game just put questions/scenarios in each balloon. Or mix it up and have scriptures, questions, and songs.
Alright...there's my idea. Do you have any fun ideas that you'd like to share? Just leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks! Have a wonderful week and a great Sharing Time
or Program! :)