Free Printables: (Printing Tip: Click on image to open and then save image to your computer. You can then print the image from your computer.)
Prayerfully study and think about what the specific needs of your primary are and how you can teach them this doctrine.
Sharing Time Instruction:
Enter the primary room dressed as a shepherd. Explain to the primary children that you would like to share with them a story. A story about something you had waited many years for it to happen. Ask the primary children if there was anything they were ever really excited about and couldn't wait for it to happen, like a birthday coming up, or the first day of kindergarten or baptism date or graduating from primary. Explain that many people waited many years for the Savior to be born. They were excited for the event to happen. Invite the children to help tell you the story of Christ birth. First place on the board the sign, "The Son of God was born on earth". Read the sign to the children and invite them to repeat it with you. Explain to the children that you were in the fields watching over the sheep when the Son of God was born. Place a picture of Mary and Joseph on the board, invite the children to help tell you about Mary and Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem to be taxed. Place a picture of the stable and the manger. Invite the children to continue telling the story of Christ's birth. Discussing that he was born in a stable, in humble circumstances and was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Explain that a manger is a place from which animals would eat their hay. Place a picture of the new star and the shepherds on the board. Invite the children to tell about the shepherds and how there appeared a new star in the sky. Read this scripture to the children: "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Discuss with the children how the shepherds must have felt seeing an angel and seeing and hearing the multitude of "heavenly host praising God". Continue reading, "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child." Discuss with the children what the shepherds did, did they go to find the baby Jesus? What did they do after they saw the Son of God?
Invite the primary children draw and color a picture of Christ's birth and to go home and share with their families the story of Christ's birth, just as the shepherds shared with others.
***Basic ideas for this sharing time came from the 2014 Sharing Time Outline, you can find a link here: 2014 Sharing Time Outline.