Sharing Time: Roller-Box TV

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.
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!