To prepare yourself spiritually to teach this lesson, please read and ponder the following:
True followers of Jesus Christ have always been known for their willingness to share what they have with others (see, for example, Acts 2:44–45; Mosiah 18:28; 4 Nephi 1:3). By sharing our blessings with those in need, we acknowledge that these blessings come from God, and we show our love for all of His children.
Bring a simple object that you can use to demonstrate sharing (you could also use an object in the nursery classroom, such as a toy or a book).
Begin with a gathering activity. For ideas, see page 3.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Sing or say the words to the chorus of “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, 78–79) and do the actions below. Invite the children to join you.
Love one another as Jesus loves you. (hug self and turn from side to side)
Try to show kindness in all that you do. (nod head up and down)
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought, (hug self and turn from side to side)
For these are the things Jesus taught. (nod head up and down)
Tell the children that Heavenly Father wants us to be kind to one another. Explain that when we share, we are being kind.
Tell the children you are going to practice sharing. Show them how to share by saying, “I will share” as you give the other nursery leader the object you have brought. Emphasize the happiness that sharing brings. Invite the children to say, “I will share.”
Show the first picture on page 74. Point to the girl on the left and tell the children that this girl has a doll that she loves to play with; when her friend comes to play, the girl says, “I will share my doll with you.” Point out that they are both happy. Invite the children to say, “I will share.”
Show the second picture on page 74. Point to the boy on the right and tell the children that this boy loves to play with his toys; when his friend comes to play, the boy says, “I will share my toys with you.” Explain that now they are both happy. Invite the children to say, “I will share.”
Sing or say the following words to “Fun to Do” (Children’s Songbook, 253) while you pretend to share with the children. Invite the children to join you.
Sharing with you is fun to do,
Fun to do, to do, to do!
Sharing with you is fun to do,
To do, to do, to do!
Tell the children about the happiness you feel when you share. Explain that Heavenly Father also feels happy when we share.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
For the illustration activity: Copy the illustration on page 75 for each child.
For the cube game: Copy and cut out the illustration on page 75. Color if desired. Fold along the dotted lines, and tape or glue the tabs to make a cube.
Display the illustration on page 75 and give each child a copy of the illustration. Point to the picture of the smiling boy and explain that we can share our smiles. Invite the children to point to the smiling boy on their copies. Repeat for the other illustrations.
Roll the cube you made. Have the children do some simple actions to go with the picture on the top of the cube. Then invite the children to say with you, “I will share my [smiles, toys, food, and so on].” When the side with only the words “I Will Share” comes up, have the children clap their hands and say, “I will share.” Repeat until each child has had a turn rolling the cube.
Recite the following activity verse and invite the children to join you:
I want to follow Jesus,
Be kind and loving too. (hug self)
I’ll share my smiles; (point to mouth and smile)
I’ll share my toys. (pretend to give away a toy)
That’s what He’d have me do.