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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (memorizing): Write the following on the board: "Families are central to Heavenly Father's plan."  Discuss what this sentence means.  Erase the sentence.  Say the first two words, and ask the children to repeat them.  Continue until the children can repeat the entire sentence.  

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (asking and answering questions): Ask several children in advance to represent families from the scriptures.  Provide several clues about each family (for example, Adam and Eve: "Our family was the first family on earth"; Abraham and Sarah: "We were very old before we had a child"; and Lehi and Sariah: "We crossed the ocean to get to the promised land"), and give the clues to the children.  Provide simple costumes, if possible.  Ask the children who are representing the scriptural families to come to the front of the room, one group at a time.  Have them read their clues and ask the other Primary children to guess who they are representing.  After each family is identified, show the children where they can learn about this family in the scriptures.  Tell the children how each family followed Heavenly Father's plan for them. 

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing families): Ask the children to think of good qualities their families possess.  Invite them to share these qualities with each other in groups or with the entire Primary.



IF YOU'D LIKE TO ADD YOUR IDEAS FOR THIS WEEK'S SHARING TIME, use the comment section below and add your thoughts.  If your comments are too long, have trouble posting your comments or you have files you'd like to share, please e-mail them to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and I'll post them below:

 3 clues, Can you guess who? by Desiree Crosby 

 Little LDS Ideas

 Family BINGO Boards by Noelle Skaff 

 K.C.'s Kreations writes, "I'm going to take in four life sized paper dolls of Mom/ Dad/ Brother/ Sister and give the children four different colored paper hearts.  Then as they share their ideas about what makes a good mom/dad... or what their job is, they can fill them up with hearts.  Then we can discuss why families are important and how our different abilities, jobs, characteristics help us to be happy and make it back to our Heavenly Father." (ga02162011)

 Sofia's Primary Ideas

 My Sharing Time Ideas



 
Comments (37)
  • LIndsey

    I am doing a Scripture Family Photoshoot. The children will be able to pick a description card about a scriptural family. Then everyone will guess which family it is. (Adam and Eve...Nephi, Lehi, Laman, etc....) I will explain that they won't be able to see the family we are taking a picture of until the photo has developed to show us if we are right. We will use a play camera and take a "picture". Then show the picture of the scripture family.

  • KM

    Family BINGO. Make a big bingo card on the chalkboard with clues, pictures or scripture references in each square about families in the scriptures. Make the middle (or central) square be a free square that says "Families are central to Heavenly Father's plan". As you choose random squares, they can cover it up if they correctly answer who the scripture family is. See if you can get a bingo, or a blackout, before time is up.

  • Kellie
    Quote:
    I am doing a Scripture Family Photoshoot. The children will be able to pick a description card about a scriptural family. Then everyone will guess which family it is. (Adam and Eve...Nephi, Lehi, Laman, etc....) I will explain that they won't be able to see the family we are taking a picture of until the photo has developed to show us if we are right. We will use a play camera and take a "picture". Then show the picture of the scripture family.


    Would you be willing to share the descriptions you have come up with so far?

  • Ginger

    I would love to see what you have come up with! Do you have your scripture families picked? I would love to hear more of your thoughts of how you are going to pull it all together. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea. It is perfect!!

  • Andrea
    Quote:
    Family BINGO. Make a big bingo card on the chalkboard with clues, pictures or scripture references in each square about families in the scriptures. Make the middle (or central) square be a free square that says "Families are central to Heavenly Father's plan". As you choose random squares, they can cover it up if they correctly answer who the scripture family is. See if you can get a bingo, or a blackout, before time is up.



    I absolutely LOVE your idea, but I was wondering if you would be willing to give some specific examples of what you will be putting in each of the squares. Thank you so much!!!

  • Sherry

    So here is my situation, on the last Sunday of the month, my church will not holding regular meetings as we are having Stake conferences, any ideas on how to combine Families are a central part of heavenly father's pland and I will follow heavenly father's plan in a 15 minute sharing time lesson?

  • Lindsey A.

    This is what I decided to do for this lesson...
    I went to the store and got a trifold poster board, 2 black poster boards, yellow tissue paper, and sandwich bags. With these items, I made our primary scriptures. I taped the black poster boards to the front and back and cut the front one so it opened. I put our ward name on the bottom right corner with the gold stickers (like how we have our names on our individual scriptures). With white cut outs, I glued "The Book of Mormon" on the front. Inside I wrote, "1 Nephi 1:1 "I Nephi have been born of goodly parents" (since we are talking about families). I cut out 3 holes below the scripture. I taped the sandwich bags to the back. I made clues about the families and typed up some scriptures that go along as well. I placed them in the bags and taped the yellow tissue paper over the holes. The kiddos get to come up and punch (softly) the holes and pull out the clues to find out which families we are talking about. I...

  • Lisa

    I am giving each Sr. Primary class teacher a paper with 3 hints on it, and a scripture reference. It will describe either Adam & Eve, Lehi & Sariah, Joseph & Mary, Mormon & Moroni, or Joseph & Emma Smith. They classes will split for a few minutes and review the scriptures. Then I will have 2 kids from each class come up and represent those two people. They will give the clues, one at a time, until the children can guess who they are talking about. I am not doing costumes, because that will take more time. We will then talk about how each member of our own families are so important to our Heavenly Father's Plan. If anyone would like a Word Doc. copy of what I am handing out, just e-mail me at ivinsmom@yahoo.com .

  • Jenn

    I love the idea of doing Family Bingo but I couldn't fill an entire bingo card with scripture families. So I am doing Family Jeopardy instead. There are four catagories and 4 questions in each catagory. If anyone would like to use this idea email me at jenn.shideler(at)gmail(dot)com and I will email you the catagories and questions I am using.

  • Lisa

    I am commenting on my idea posted above! Because of our Stake Conference next week, I taught the Sharing Time on Families Central to Heavenly Father's Plan today to our Sr. Primary kids. It worked great, but if I had done it for the Jr. Primary, I would probably do some "reverent charades". The hints I gave were great for the older kids, but for younger kids they might take a bit longer without some acting. Someone else had the idea of using Noah and his family, too, which could have some cute "animal charades" to help them guess! Good luck to everyone!

  • Lisa

    Linda was good in realizing that I said that Lehi & Sariah had 4 sons, and that is incorrect! If anyone printed out my hints, please make sure you mention they had 6 sons (I forgot Jacob & Joseph). Thanks Linda!

    Quote:
    I am commenting on my idea posted above! Because of our Stake Conference next week, I taught the Sharing Time on Families Central to Heavenly Father's Plan today to our Sr. Primary kids. It worked great, but if I had done it for the Jr. Primary, I would probably do some "reverent charades". The hints I gave were great for the older kids, but for younger kids they might take a bit longer without some acting. Someone else had the idea of using Noah and his family, too, which could have some cute "animal charades" to help them guess! Good luck to everyone!
  • Sherry

    I did not want to loose a chance to do any of the lessons this month, but we have a stake conference scheduled for the last Sunday, so I finally figured out how to combine the last 2 into one hopefully 15 minute lesson!! Thought I would share-- This is a combo of severla ideas of others & mine!
    I take an apple and put in a container/treasure box and hide it in the room. I will have a drawn out map of the room showing the children how to find it (1 for each class), allow them to attempt to follow the map (plan) to find the apple! Then I explain that the core of the apple hold the church together, without strong families, the church will fall apart, at which time I take an apple slicer and slice the apple to remove the core (family) so they can see the apple (church) fall apart...and at the same explain that following the map (plan) made it easy to find the treasure. Should be good fun for bothe jr & sr!

  • Jenn
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    I love the idea of doing Family Bingo but I couldn't fill an entire bingo card with scripture families. So I am doing Family Jeopardy instead. There are four catagories and 4 questions in each catagory. If anyone would like to use this idea email me at jenn.shideler(at)gmail(dot)com and I will email you the catagories and questions I am using.


    Due to the overwhelming response to Family Jeopardy I have posted my lesson plan and game to my blog: thebestmethaticanbe(dot)blogspot(dot)com. It posted tuesday so you may have to scroll down to find it. I hope it helps!

  • Debbie

    I was going to use the same idea with the apple and slicing it, but I was actually going to use the core of the apple as Heavenly Father's plan for us and the slices as family. As I took the core from the apple, and the slices fell, I was going to compare that to families needing Heavenly Father's plan, and vice versa. Without his plan in place, families would fall apart. Families need Heavenly Father's plan (the core) to hold on too. Does this make sense?

  • Noelle

    I loved the idea of scripture family bingo. I combined some of Jenn's ideas from jeopardy and came up with a 5X5 board (6 are ward families), though I think I'm only going to do a 4X4 for the junior primary. If you look online, you can find a bingo card generator (I think I'm going to assign numbers 1-24 with a free space and make 10 different cards by hand) so not every kid will have the same card. I'm happy to e-mail the file- just send a request to cnskaff@ualr.edu

  • Desiree Crosby

    Thanks to everyone for sharing great ideas & insights. My family plays a game we call "3 Clues, Can You Guess Who?" Using Lisa's & Jenn's clues, I made up some clue cards for this sharing time. Nothing fancy, but I am happy to share. It is posted above but here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/4vddg38

  • Patrice

    Since we talked about the Creation last week, I wanted to start sharing time with a turtle (Yes, I have a big stone turtle, but a picture would work). I want the children to understand that Heavenly Father created the turtles, but point out that these creatures are hatched from an egg in the sand and then have to find their own way to the sea. Many things happen to these baby turtles as they try to survive on their own. If you have one available, get a member with a new baby. Then continue to explain that Heavenly Father did not put us on this earth to try to make it on our own. Have the mother put the baby in the middle of the room. Ask if that baby could feed it's self. Keep it's self warm, etc. Then go on to use the Proclamation to the World as what Heavenly Father gave us to help us. I have printed out all the scriptural references to families from the Book of Mormon (30+) for the senior Primary to look up. I LOVE FAMILIES!

  • Nettie

    How about the prodigal son and his father? Or Naomi and Ruth? There's also Elizabeth and Zachariah (?)-- the parents of John the Baptist. Mary/Martha/Lazarus. These are just a few. :)

  • shannon

    i am going to do a matching game...with the names of scripture families and the picture of the family and have them find the match....i love getting the kids to recognize the GAK pictures
    any suggestions on families other than : adam and eve, nephi and his family, abraham and isaac, mary and joseph, ?? i need some more!

  • Desiree Crosby

    I have had so many requests for the 3 Clues Cards! I am going to be gone all day Fri & Sat (that's why I happened to be so on the ball & got my ST done early!! haha) Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/4vddg38

  • Amie

    For Shannon...using other GAK pictures for the matching game I came up with GAK 319 Mormon and Moroni, GAK 122 Jacob and his 12 sons. Thanks for the idea, it is perfect for junior and I am doing jeopardy for senior. Thanks everyone for the great ideas!

  • Sarah Q

    ok, I just got the 3clues, can you guess who game and it is SO STINKIN' CUTE!!! What a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing! You girls are so creative! :)

  • Desiree Crosby

    I have uploaded the scriptural families 3 Clues to the PrimaryPage Yahoo Group site. I am out of town Friday & Saturday & won't be able to send this, so hopefully you can get it from there! There is both a Word version & the file saved as a pdf.

  • Erin

    I love the ideas that have been shared and they have been helpful to me. I am using Lisa's idea for Sr, but for Jr primary I have decided to talk about how every family has stories. We will first discuss the different types of stories we have as families (i.e. starting school, vacations, moving, new babies or adoptions etc). Then we will discuss where we can record our stories (journals, scrapbooks etc). Then I will show them a set of scriptures and tell them that we can find stories about different families in the scriptures too. Then I will pull out a BIG scripture book in which I will have Gospel Art pictures of different families from the scriptures and discuss their stories. I have decided to use a binder and make a cover for it on the computer as the BIG book of scriptures. Anything visual for the younger ones is always good.

  • Alexis

    I am going to do a Jeopardy game for the senior primary. Some of the categories will be "Book of Mormon Families" "Our Heavenly Family" "Our Eternal Family" And each will have the five different questions like in jeopardy asking different things about lehi's family or Heavenly Father or the like. Really hoping it goes over well-it's my first sharing time

  • Sheila

    I like the bingo game with the older kids. As a teacher, I found making enough different bingo cards is difficult so I try to allow the students to fill in the squares. I will list the names of the families on the board and allow the children to write the names of the families on a blank bingo sheet. Then I can draw a description or clue from the bingo box (the 3 Clues game would be a big help on this one). The children then cross out the winning square with a crayon. I do a similar game at school when I am teaching pronouns.

  • Noelle

    I e-mailed Melanie a copy of my updated Bingo game file (7 unique boards of both 5X5 and 4x4 sizes) with clues for the scriptural/modern-day prophet families and asked her to post the file here.

  • Lori Keller

    Noelle, would it be possible for you to email the bingo file to me in case it doesn't get posted today?? kbunch6@yahoo.com

  • Jane

    Does anyone have a list of the GAK pictures or any other place to find pictures to go along with the 3 clues game? I am having a hard time trying to find some.

  • Jane

    Ok, am I an idiot? where is Lisa's post? She refers to it as being "above" and I can't find it. Someone else refers to it, too? Someone help, please?

  • JaNell

    You can find all the GAK online at the following link: http://lds.org/hf/art/0,16812,4218-1-3,00.html On some of the families I printed out two pictures (smaller) so that I could get them on one sheet of paper. For example, Emma and Joseph Smith, and Mormon and Moroni. I am using GAK 101 - Adam and Eve, 103 - Noah, 105 - Abraham, 122 -Jacob, 201 - the nativity, 304 - Lehi's family, 306 & 320 - Mormon and Moroni, 400 & 405 - Joseph & Emma, 309 & 321 - Alma and Alma the younger.

  • Nicole

    I am going to teach the children sign language to help them learn the phrase "Families are central to Heavenly Father's plan." I will teach the signs FAMILY IMPORTANT GOD PLAN

  • Diane Burbach

    Hello Sisters! What a wonderful site!

    I am doing the sharing time tomorrow and am going to use the 3clues game. My hubby gave me this really neat idea. I was going to use the apple idea to show the gospel being the strong core that holds us together. I have another object lesson too. The pencil idea.

    Have a bunch a pencils. Have one child come up and break one pencil. This represents us by ourselves. Then add several pencils, calling each one father, mother, brother, sister, etc Hold them all together and try to break them now. When families are strong, we cannot break. But now watch this! (Take a long strand of twine, and wrap it around the pencils from one end to the other, and back again, and tie the ends together) As you are wrapping, explain when we WRAP the family in the gospel, we are stronger than ever! (Make sure to really make big dramatic movements, as you are wrapping)

  • ncyano

    Here's a link to an updated scripture family bingo board: https://docs.google.com/leaf? id=0B1aVmv1YnlqUY2QyMTFjNzAtOThiMS00MDZmLWE3YzMtNT c3MzNmMjNkMTA2&hl=en

  • stephanie

    sooooo....for those of you that are dressing the kids up for the lesson. How are you dressing them for Adam and Eve? :lol:

  • Jordana

    Stephanie - this may be too late, but for Adam and Eve I'm bringing in 2 of my husbands brown t-shirts and I'm tying a belt or scarf around their waist. Hope that helps!

  • Marie

    Yes, please share any dress up ideas!

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