The last topic for September’s Sharing Time was covered today for us. I was WAY slow at realizing that I was in charge for today and felt a heavy dose of chicken-with-my-head-cut-off syndrome. I naturally hit the Internet to see if I could get help coming up with some great honesty scenarios or any fun images that I could use in some way. What I found was initially discouraging, but I ended up feeling really blessed. I found two things on momonshare.org that helped a ton! The thing I wanted more than anything was some already prepared stories, since I did not have time or mental capacity to make-up my own at that point. I found a group listing of a bunch of ideas and found what I needed listed under July of this year. It linked to a Friend Article from 1975! It had the perfect scenarios for me!
The next thing I found came from the fabulous Chris Gunn. It was an image of the “10 Commandments” – or at least some stone tablets that worked for what I wanted. I used them and threw them in my favorite image editor, Inkscape. I ended up making one to hang on the board that had both of the commandments we were talking about (ie, the one about lying and the one about stealing) on it and the phrase “I Should Respect Others.” I made smaller versions with only the one phrase on them that I them taped the scenarios on the back of. I left one of the smaller tablets without a scenario on the back (I’ll explain why in a minute).
As I was preparing in my VERY limited time frame, I knew I could NEVER cut out enough stars for my whole primary in the time I had. So I quickly made up a sheet of stars that each said “I am a Child of God” on them. These could be run off and simply hacked into sixths in the library after I got to church. I realized that I REALLY wanted to get across the idea that each kid REALLY is special. I asked all the kids to raise their hand if they had ever seen a movie with an actor that they thought was super good or a highly talented sports player or had heard an amazing singer or met someone that was simply the coolest kid in school. Eventually each hand rose. I told them we sometimes call those people “Super Stars.” I asked the senior primary for some examples that were “Super Stars” worth looking up to. I was thrilled when they listed Jesus, the Prophet, and the Bishop! (I had worried that some of the squirrlier ones would go ‘other’ directions with our discussion!) Then I asked them how they would treat a “Super Star” if they had a chance to meet one. They used a variety of ideas like “great,” “nice,” and “with respect.” I told them we were going to talk about some extra special “Super Stars” today. Then I had every child raise their hand to help me figure out who our “Super Stars” for today were going to be. Then I told them every person with a raised hand was today’s “Super Stars.”
Then I paused to ask the teachers to pass around the “Super Stars” that I had the library run off and cut for me, along with a roll of tape. In Junior, I asked the teachers to tape them on the kids and in Senior I told the kids they could do the same or slip them in their scriptures as a reminder for themselves (none of them chose to wear their stars, which I kind of figured). I read them (in Senior primary, I had one of them read it) what was on the stars. Then I read them a quote from President Uchtdorf. It is from “Of Things That Matter Most,” October 2010 General Conference (which of course made for an easy opportunity to remind them that Conference is coming soon).
“Learn to see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you—as His precious daughter or son with divine potential.”
I love opportunities to tell the kids how much Heavenly Father loves them and this was a great chance to do that! Then I asked them to look around them at the other people in the room. I told them how Heavenly Father thinks each of them is a “Super Star” too. I asked them how they thought Heavenly Father would want us to treat His other “Super Stars.” After getting a few answers, or when someone mentioned “with respect,” I would show them the sign of the 3 commandments we were talking about today. I told them that those commandments are just two ways, that they already know are good, to treat others with respect.
Enter the game! This was as simple as it gets for a game. I laid out all of my smaller versions of the commandments – the ones with the scenarios on the back and the one that didn’t have a scenario all together. They were laid so the kids could only see the front side of the papers, not the scenarios tapes to the back. Then I drew a name from our flower pots (our method of making sure all kids get turns offered to them). That child picked a “commandments” and I would read them the scenario and asked them what they thought should happen now and what the results might be of various choices. If they picked my one blank paper, then they got to pick any teacher in the room (except me) and go into the hall and come up with their own idea of a scenario. I think the “think of your own story” was my favorite part and the kids that got to do it, loved it!
Then I again shared my testimony of how much Heavenly Father really does love them and that I KNOW He really does see each of them as amazingly special!
And…here are the PDF files of my printables.
As always, the materials posted here are for only personal or church use – no commercial use is OK. The background of the “Commandments” pages can be found at THIS link and is by Chris Gunn.