Sharing Time Lesson

Patriotic and Obedience to Laws activities

1. Invite the children to list some of the laws of their country and community on the blackboard, a large piece of paper, or whatever is available. Help each child make a copy to take home to share with his family in a family home evening.

2. Have the children make a large picture of the flag of their country. Paste it on a poster or large paper. With each child drawing one person, create pictures representing many different people (old, young, boy, girl, dark, light, etc.) who live in your country. Paste them around the picture of the flag. Discuss how so many different people need to obey laws so that they can live together in peace. The poster could be shared with the bishop.

3. Invite everyone to stand in a circle. Use three different colors of beanbags—one for the laws of God, one for the laws of the land, and one for family laws. The leader begins by gently tossing a beanbag to a child who must then state one law or rule of God, country, or home that he or she should obey. Make sure that each child has a turn.

4. Invite each child to draw a picture of herself or himself obeying a rule or law. Encourage each child to explain her or his drawing to the group. This is an activity children could share in a family home evening.

5. Using toy blocks, rocks, or pieces of paper, have younger children create on the floor a town with roads. Using toy cars, demonstrate what might happen when drivers do not obey laws. If you have any toy figures, children could also demonstrate what might happen to people who do not obey traffic laws. If no toy cars or figures are available, children could draw them on cards or pieces of paper.

6. Write on pieces of paper different situations in which someone did not obey a law. Fold and place the papers in a container. Invite a child to choose a paper and read the situation (you read the situations for younger children). Ask another child to tell what rule or law was broken and how the situation could have been different if the law had been obeyed. Be sure that each child has an opportunity to participate. Children could also act out the situations and let others guess the law that is being broken.

7. Invite each child to make a small drawing representing someone obeying a law. Tape the picture to a stick. Have each child explain his or her picture, then stand it up in a hole made in a cardboard box or empty egg carton. Invite the bishop or another priesthood leader to come to Primary during another Sharing Time to see the display of pictures and to reinforce to the Primary children the importance of obeying laws.

8. Have the children sit on the floor in a circle with their hands folded. The leader calls out a number, then pats the hands of the person sitting next to him while saying “One.” That person then pats the hands of the person on the other side of him and says, “Two.” Go on around the circle until they arrive at the number the leader called to begin with. That person tells one law we should obey and indicates if it is a law of the land, a law of God, or a family rule. Then that person calls out a number and pats the hands of the person sitting next to him, saying “One.” Continue around the circle until the number that was called is reached. Play until every child has had a chance to say a law or rule.