At church (I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) I'm currently serving in the primary, which is for children ages 18 months through 11 years old. Each year we are given a theme by the general leadership in Salt Lake City, Utah to teach to the kids. Each yearly theme is supplemented with monthly themes and scriptures. This year our theme is "I Am a Child of God" and I'm really excited about it.
We're going to use the armor of God analogy found in Ephesians to teach our monthly themes. Partly because I LOVE the analogy and partly because it's a good way to get the kids (even the little ones) involved and hopefully understanding a little more.
This is the outline I made. I used one I found on www.sugardoodle.net and just adjusted it to better fit this year. Tara did an amazing job with the same annual theme a few years ago, I've loved it from the first time I came across it and now I finally get to use it!
In January we'll talk about our missions here on earth and how we need to be outfitted to better complete them. Then we'll get out our picture/drawing of primary kid(s) (one of two I haven't decided yet) in large paper doll form. I was thinking I'd use one of those large tri-fold displays and keep it in the front of our primary room each Sunday.
As we introduce each monthly theme from then on, we'll add an article of clothing (or armor) to our primary kid(s) to help cement the ideas in the kids heads. I also really want to talk about how important it is that they each pray about what they're learning so they gain strong testimonies of their own. I'm excited and can hardly wait to get started!!
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* 12/18/2012 Update: I posted different ideas on how to go about making your dress up Armor of God boy or girl here. Good luck!!
* Update 12/27/2012: I finally chose my Armor of God Guy and added my own pieces, you can read about it here.