Several of the lesson helps included on this blog contain links to posters. Each manual comes with pictures and other blogs like Sugardoodle have lots of great resources to use for your lessons that include more visual aids. How do you use the provided pictures and other posters in your lessons? Here are some ideas that work for Mormonads, pictures, posters, and other visual aids you'll find.
Talk About It
Hang the picture or poster up at the beginning of class and have everyone say one thing about it. What do they see right away; What is in the background? What do you think the people are saying? What colors are used and why? Really dig into the picture. Show it around the classroom slowly and have people really look at it. Are there words on it? Why those words- how does it tie into the picture? Would you get the same idea without the words? Try covering up the words at first and see if your class can draw the same conclusion.
Cover It Up
Cover the whole picture up with some paper; all except one spot that can give clues. Have your class try to guess the lesson by that section of the picture. Why is that portion significant? Do the answers change as you reveal the rest? You can also try removing one piece at a time to reveal the picture as you go throughout your lesson.
Covering up is also a great aid in learning to memorize scriptures and Articles of Faith- cover up a little at a time as you recite the whole thing out loud repeatedly.
Pass Along Cards
If possible, shrink the pictures down and pass them out at the end of class with a quote from the lesson. Encourage people to share these cards with their friends and family. If you can't shrink the actual image, try changing your print settings to 1/4 page.
Add to Them
Can you add more to the picture around it? Have someone come to the board and draw more of the picture. In fact, many of the images you get from the library or cut off for sizing purposes. Sometimes knowing the whole picture helps draw new conclusions.
You can also try this with part of the picture covered up. Can you add a picture of yourself in this picture or the kids in your class? Find more to the story or put yourself in the story.
If you are in primary, add texture to the pictures- yarn, torn up pieces of paper, googly eyes. Cut part of it out then add a form block behind it to make it pop. Have fun with them!
These posters are easy to cut up and make into puzzles. Hide the pieces around the room or give a piece to each person as they come in. As each person tries to put his piece up, have him talk about the piece, answer a question, or guess the lesson. Write key words on the back of the pieces to put up as you use them in the lesson then talk about the poster at the end.
Cover up some of the words on a Bright Ideas Poster and play hangman to finish the phrase. You could also use the lesson title as the Hangman answer and take a puzzle piece away from a covered picture as your class guesses incorrectly. Can they guess the answer before the image is revealed?
Hand out a copy and challenge people to teach a FHE lesson with it. Ask about how it went the following week. You can even follow up with an email after church letting the parents know the challenge you gave them. If you teach adults, send an email with the link to the image and a few great sources for additional study.
Have a class notebook? Glue it in and write around it. Don't use a notebook? Turn it over and have the class members take notes on it or write a letter on the back.
Use the poster as inspiration to get class members to draw their own versions of the poster. After everyone is done drawing, have a sharing time. You can invite all to share, hang them all on the board and take a second to admire them, or ask just a couple of people to share. This is a great way to find out more about the individuals in your class and see what sticks out to them in the lessons you are teaching.
Set the Scene
This is the one you are probably most familiar with as they help in setting the scene with scripture stories. Try showing the picture then letting the class members close their eyes to continue visualizing.