Sharing Time: Roller-Box TV

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    Roller-Box TV

    You can make your own roller-box TV out of a small empty gelatin carton. Cut a 2″ x 2 1/2″ window in one side of box (see illustration). Lay box (window side up) on a 10″ square of aluminum foil, fold foil around box to fit snugly, and tuck it inside window. Make two snug-fitting holes in each side of box as shown. Insert two short pencils or 4″ long dowels through holes.

    Cut the “Manners” poem vertically into three columns. Align top of #5 to bottom of #4 and tape together. Then align top of #9 with bottom of #8 and tape together. Tape bottom of #12 to bottom dowel. Wind long strip into box, then tape top of #1 to top dowel. Now you are ready to show your program at family home evening. Make up your own story about your family or friends.

    Sharing Time Ideas

    Make copy of poem page for each child. Ask the children to bring an empty gelatin box. Allow one or two sharing times for discussion of poem and preparation of roller box.

    Invite the children to make another page showing appropriate actions at Primary and sacrament meeting. Suggest that they use roller boxes for a family home evening activity.

    Roller box TV(click to view larger)

    Illustrated by Julie F. Young


    By Mabel Jones Gabbott

    Manners(click to view larger)

    Illustrated by Julie F. Young

    1 When you don’t know
    if you are right,
    If what you’re doing
    is polite,
    2 Ask yourself,
    “How would it be
    If everyone did
    just like me?”
    3 If everyone
    jumped up and down
    With a face screwed
    into a frown,
    4 If everyone
    would bang and jar
    As noisy as
    a dinosaur,
    5 If everyone
    reached at the table
    Just as far as
    He was able,
    6 If everyone
    shoved everyone
    In line, in play,
    or just in fun,
    7 If everyone
    would proclaim,
    “My turn first”
    in every game,
    8 How would it be?
    I dread to see.
    BUT …
    9 If everyone
    did just like you
    And you did what
    you ought to do—
    10 Ask at the table,
    Wait in line,
    11 And close the door,
    With no more tantrums
    on the floor,
    12 Then everyone
    would be polite,
    And you would know
    that you are right!