2018 Fun ways to share the “I Am a Child of God” Theme
JANUARY 2018 SHARING TIME ACTIVITIES:
THEME: I Am a Child of God, and He Has a Plan for Me
• THEME EXTRAS “I Am a Child of God” bookmark, poster, and banner
WATCH FOR Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions. AS YOU READ EACH CURRICULUM OUTLINE FOR THE 2018 SHARING TIME, YOU WILL SEE HOW OUR LESSON ACTIVITIES MATCH EACH WEEKLY THEME.
BOOK: Our new “Sunday Savers: Sharing Fun! I Am a Child of God,” book (shown) is available at LDS bookstores and online at DeseretBook.com or SeagullBook.com.
CD-ROM: There will not be a CD-ROM for this book available this year. THE GOOD NEWS IS . . . ALL ACTIVITIES CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE . . . in color (see those with the book cover previewed below).
The black and white images are only available in the book.
Enjoy this fun and colorful banner for the 2018 Primary Theme “I Am a Child of God”. Banner can be made long to hang across a large chalk board or across the room. You can also make it short for a bulletin board. Flags come with a tag on one end that can be folded over and taped or glued over the string. Banner includes monthly theme hearts for the entire year. You can include them on the banner or post on the bulletin board.
16 visuals come in color only.
2018 Sharing Time Theme “I Am a Child of God” POSTER, JOURNAL COVER, and CARDS. Posters come in two sizes, 11 x 16 or 8 1/2 x 11. Cards are 4 x 5 and come in color only. These are not in the Sunday Savers Sharing Fun! I Am a Child of God book.
Use posters to post in room, use as binder cover for Presidency of other primary workers and teachers.
2018 Sharing Time Theme “I Am a Child of God” BOOKMARK in color and black-and-white. 4 Bookmarks per page each of both boy and girl.
Also available in French, Tahitian and Spanish (purchase from this same page or below).
SHARING TIME Activities – JANUARY Weeks 1-4 Theme:
I AM A CHILD OF GOD, AND HE HAS A PLAN FOR ME
Identify the doctrine (playing a guessing game): Tell the children that you are thinking of someone who loves us, knows each of us, helps us, and lives faraway. Ask them to guess who you are thinking of (Heavenly Father). Discuss our relationship with Heavenly Father. Invite the children to repeat together “God is my Heavenly Father. He knows and loves me.”
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: SHARE WITH YOUTH THE “I AM LOVED FROM UP ABOVE” POST-AND-PRESENT ACTIVITY, AND THE “LETTERS TO HEAVEN – PRAYER MAIL” ACTIVITY (that follows – see below).
Encourage understanding (reading scriptures): Divide the children into groups. Have each group read Enos 1:5, Moses 1:6, and Joseph Smith—History 1:17
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: SEE SCRIPTURE POSTER FOR THIS SCRIPTURE TO DOWNLOAD BELOW and discuss how the Lord addresses each prophet. Ask the children: “If Heavenly Father visited you, what would He call you?” Bear testimony that God knows each of us by name.
Encourage application (singing songs): Have the children stand in a circle and pass around several items that represent God’s love for His children as they sing “I Am a Child of God” (CS, 2–3),
or “I Know My Father Lives” (CS, 5).
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: SEE SONG VISUALS TO DOWNLOAD. Items could include scriptures, a picture of the sacrament, a piece of fruit, or a picture of a family. Randomly stop the singing and have the children holding an item share one way they know God loves them. Repeat as time allows. IDEAS:
•Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: CHILDREN CAN PASS AROUND THE HEARTS AND READ THE MESSAGES FROM THE “HEARTS-ON-A-STRING” POST-AND-PRESENT ACTIVITY (that shown above that follows).
YOU WILL ALSO LOVE “LETTERS TO HEAVEN – PRAYER MAIL” ACTIVITY (shown above that follows).
2018 PRIMARY SHARING TIME –
OUTLINE for JANUARY “I AM A CHILD OF GOD, AND HE HAS A PLAN FOR ME”
Weeks 2 and 3 Heavenly Father’s plan is a plan of happiness.
Identify the doctrine: Write “Heavenly Father’s plan is a plan of happiness” on a piece of paper. Place the paper in a container and wrap it to look like a gift. Hold up the gift and tell the children that inside is something that will bring them happiness. Let them guess what it might be. Then open the gift and have a child read the sentence to the class. Explain that Heavenly Father has a plan so that we can be happy and live with Him again.
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: PRESENT THE “PLAN OF SALVATION (DESTINY DECISIONS)” ACTIVITY (shown, that follows).
Encourage understanding (singing a song and answering questions): Give each class a wordstrip with one of the following questions written on it:
- What does my life have, and where did it begin?
- What was my choice, and what should I seek?
- What should I follow, and to what can I hold fast?
- How will I feel if I follow God’s plan?
Sing the first two lines of “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (CS,164–65), and discuss the answer to the first question. Repeat with the rest of the song and the other questions.
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: DOWNLOAD the song visuals for “I WILL FOLLOW GOD’S PLAN” (shown, or below).
Encourage understanding (finishing a statement): Put pictures representing premortal, mortal, and postmortal life in three separate areas of the room. Draw a happy face on a piece of paper. Tell the children that each time you hold up the happy face, they should say, “Happy.” Stand near the picture of premortal life and describe the Council in Heaven. Whenever possible, let the children finish your statements with “happy” as you hold up the happy face. For example: “Heavenly Father wanted us to be happy. He told us about His plan to send us to earth and receive a body. He said that we could be happy if we obeyed His commandments. He knew that we would need a Savior to help us be happy,because none of us are perfect. When we heard about Heavenly Father’s plan, we were so happy we shouted for joy!” Continue this activity as you move to the other areas and describe the plan of happiness: “You came to your family, and they were so happy when you were born.” “We are happy as we make righteous choices.” “We will be happy to be with our families and Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever in the celestial kingdom.” Add details of the plan as appropriate for the ages and understanding of the children.
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: PRESENT THE “PLAN OF SALVATION (DESTINY DECISIONS)” ACTIVITY (that follows and point to the visuals while doing this activity).
Encourage application (drawing pictures): Give each child a piece of paper with a happy face and the words “Heavenly Father’s plan is a plan of happiness” on it. Invite them to draw a picture of something in our Heavenly Father’s plan that makes them happy. Testify that the Father’s plan is for our eternal happiness.
Identify the doctrine: Prepare two wordstrips, one that says “I have agency” and one that says “I am responsible for my choices.” Divide the children into two groups. Ask two children to come to the front of the room. Ask one of them to hold up the first wordstrip, and have one of the groups stand and say, “I have agency.” Ask the other child to hold up the second wordstrip, and have the other group stand and say, “I am responsible for my choices.” Repeat several times, letting each group say each phrase.
Encourage understanding (discussing consequences): Ask the children what the consequence would be if they chose to not eat, to touch a hot stove, to attend church, or to be kind to others. Explain that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to make good choices and receive the blessings of those choices.
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: PRESENT “Choose a Consequence – CTR Spin-the-Bottle” & “Choose the Right” song visuals ACTIVITY (that follows).
Encourage application (playing a game):
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: PRESENT CTR Countenance Consequence Game (that follows).
Write on strips of paper some good choices and some bad choices a child could make. Place the strips in a container. Have the children form two lines, a “choice” line and a “consequences” line. Have the first child in each line walk to the front of the room as everyone sings the first line of “Choose the Right” (Hymns, no. 239).
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: PRESENT THE “CHOOSE THE RIGHT” SONG VISUALS (shown, to download HERE)
Have the child in the “choice” line draw out and read a choice. Have the other child give a possible consequence of that choice. Have the rest of the children point their thumbs up if it is a good choice and point their thumbs down if it is a bad choice. Continue as time allows.
Helps for the music leader
Ask the children to sing the chorus of “I Am a Child of God” (CS, 2–3) with you and listen for words that describe what they would like someone to do for them. List their responses (lead, guide, walk beside, help, teach) on the board. Ask a question about each word. For example, “Who leads us?” or “Why would you want someone to walk beside you?” Testify of the blessings of having parents, teachers, leaders, prophets, the scriptures, and the Holy Ghost to help us find our way back to Heavenly Father.
• Gospel Grab Bag Suggestions: PRESENT THE “I AM A CHILD OF GOD” SONG VISUALS (shown, to download HERE)
2018 Primary Sharing Time ACTIVITY for January Week 4: I have agency, and I am responsible for my choices.
ACTIVITY: Choose a Consequence – CTR Spin-the-Bottle – “Choose the Right” song visuals & Activity Days invitation . . . Instant DOWNLOAD . . .
SHARING TIME SCRIPTURE POSTERS & CARDS TO MEMORIZE, AND SONG VISUALS
JANUARY THEME: I AM A CHILD OF GOD, AND HE HAS A PLAN FOR ME
2018 Primary Sharing Time – Romans 8:16 SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION ACTIVITY for January Weeks 1-4: I Am a Child of God, and He Has a Plan for Me . . . Instant DOWNLOAD . . .
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2018 Primary Sharing Time SINGING FUN ACTIVITY for JANUARY Weeks 1-4: I Am a Child of God, and He Has a Plan for Me
CELESTIAL SINGERS (Instant DOWNLOAD) will really help children sing as they think of the lesson theme.
Activities, Scripture Posters and Cards, and Song Visuals