Sunday, September 13, 2015

Activity Days Faith In God "Witches Brew"

This "Faith In God Treasure Hunt" was so popular, that I wanted to so something similar for Halloween: Faith In God Witches Brew.

Synopsis: Invite the girls to dress up like witches for this activity. Then when they arrive, they are given a recipe but without the ingredients. They must hunt down hidden clue cards that give them the correct ingredients, just like we must work for our Faith In God award. Once they have found all the ingredients, they can make the cookies!

So I figured that the girls could learn about how to get their Faith In God award by making "Swig" cookies (if you live in Utah, you probably know how fantastic these sugar cookies are). So the idea is that the ingredients to the "Witches Brew" come together to make the Faith In God Award, similar to how ingredients make cookies. 

 Once  the girls arrive, give them this print-out that they can fold in half, so on either side of their half sheet they have a recipe: 

On the first side, they have the "ingredients" to the Faith In God award, which hopefully
 by the end of the lesson they will be more familiar with.

Then on the other side, they have ingredients to the "Swig" cookie. But just like witches have to hunt down ingredients for their "brews", the girls must hunt down and fill out the correct recipe for the cookies. Each Faith In God requirement is assigned a different food ingredient, with a clue to tie them together. For example:

Pray Daily = You "butter" pray, every day = 1 C Butter 

Write Your Testimony = Write your testimony down so it won't spoil, that will help your lamp stay full of oil = 3/4 C Vegetable Oil. 

These clue cards can be hidden around a church building, around a back yard... anywhere. The girls, while in their witches costumes, have to go around and fill out the recipe by finding the clue cards. Once all the girls have found all the clue cards and have their "Swig" Cookie Recipe all filled out, then everyone can come together to make the cookies. While the cookies are baking, you can go over the Faith In God award requirements and ask the girls if they have any questions about getting their award. 

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Activity Days Thirteenth Mystery - Preparing for Young Womens

In the Faith In God book, a requirement under "Preparing for Young Women" reads: After studying the thirteenth article of faith, make a list of things that are uplifting and virtuous. Discuss with a parent or leader how you can seek after these things.

I wanted to make a Halloween activity, and thought it would be fun to solve a "13th Mystery". So once all the girls have arrived at the activity, split them into two groups: The Orange Team, and The Purple Team. In a sealed envelope, and telling them they can't share any of the clues with the other team (to add to the mystery) give them their instructions and clue tracking sheet. 

Here are the "Purple Team's" instructions:

Then you'll want to have these 13 different "clues" that make up the 13th Article of Faith hidden for both the Purple Team and Orange Team. Put them in an envelope and label the envelopes with the provided "clue labels" (black envelopes not provided... and if you don't have envelopes, you could just set the label by the clues). That way the girls can keep track of which clues they have gotten on their clue tracker (the girls can assign one of the teammates to be in charge of this). 

I think this activity would actually be pretty great in an LDS church building. I've always thought an empty building with all the lights off was kind of creepy. You can have the clues spread out in the different classrooms and kind of hidden so they really have to look (depending on how long you want this part of the activity to be). Another option is having all the clues hidden in a dark gymnasium and giving the girls flashlights. They would probably think that was pretty neat... and you can tie in later that the flashlight was a way to help us learn to be uplifting and virtuous... kind of like the scriptures. 

SO you'll want to cut these clues up on the dotted line and then assign them a clue number (I don't think it should be in order following the Article of Faith.... just random)

Then, once the girls have found all the clues, they can work on "solving the mystery" and putting the Article of Faith in order. I imagine this being done on a chalk board with tape or magnets and the girls working together to get it right. Since the "Purple and "Orange" teams will be racing each other, hopefully that will be added incentive. Once they have done that, you can give them this "answer" to place next to their completed Article of Faith: 

Once they done and have the completed Article of Faith up in front of them, now they can split up and do this worksheet on their own: 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Activity Days Scripture Mastery Bookmarks - Learning and Living the Gospel


Get your girls prepared for seminary by introducing the Scripture Masteries with these bookmarks! 

For most of my childhood, my mom was the early-morning seminary teacher in our home. She got released when I was about 8 years old, and I guess she had a hard time letting go of teaching because we started having family scripture study and would do what she would as a seminary teacher. I was able to learn and pass off many of the scripture masteries long before my seminary years... and when I did go to seminary, I feel like I had a great head start. 

Even though seminary may be a ways out for some of the girls, this is an awesome introduction and review of some key scriptures (or even just a way to get the girls to open their scriptures and get an idea of what's in there). Each bookmark has the scripture reference and a description of what the scripture is about. There are 25 scripture masteries for each book making 100 total (Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Old Testament, The New Testament).

For this activity, you can ask the girls to bring their own scriptures, or if it's appropriate and you have the budget, you can provide them with their very own set of scriptures (I got my very own set from my aunt when I turned 8, and they are still the ones I use today). Then they can spend the activity marking the scripture masteries in their scriptures, cutting out these bookmarks and placing them in their scriptures. I would have LOVED this when I went to seminary. Hopefully this can give them a good head start!

Made them in boy colors too :)


Activity Days Thank You Card - Serving Others

This activity was pretty popular, and then someone asked me if this could be made into a "Thank You" card instead of a Mother's Day Card. Well of coarse! This would be great for any lesson on gratitude where the girls can pick anyone they want to make the card for, or for a leader or bishop they would like to thank for whatever reason :)


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What is Activity Days?

For experienced Activity Day leaders, this is a great reminder and for new Activity Day leaders, this is great information! Took this straight from the church website

“Creative, innovative … activities can be stimulating and fun, but … every lesson, every meeting, and every activity should be focused on bringing these little ones to Christ.” —M. Russell Ballard

What might I consider in planning activities?

  • Prayerfully consider the individual needs and interests of the children.
  • Counsel with the Primary presidency, families, and children.
  • Ensure that activities accomplish gospel-centered purposes.

Have you thought about …

  • What can help children and their families accomplish the Faith in God requirements?
  • How can I get to know each of the children?
  • How can the activities strengthen each child’s faith in Jesus Christ?
  • How can the activities help the children understand and keep their baptismal covenant?
  • What can I do to help the children prepare to go to the temple?
  • How can I help the children gain a testimony of the power of the priesthood in their life?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Activity Days Good Manners School - Serving Others

In the Faith In God book, one of the requirements under "Serving Others" says: Learn about and practice good manners and courtesy

Just in time for back to school season, this activity is perfect for teaching the girls some basics in manners. The only thing you'll need besides these printouts is pens, scissors, items to set up a table and a treat if you wish to serve them one.

There are five "classrooms" to this Good Manners School:

1. Phone Etiquette- Teach the girls some basics in phone etiquette, and have them practice.
2. As A Lady Would Say- a quiz to teach the girls what a "lady" would say. (Answers: All True and all D)
3. Personal Hygiene - a crossword puzzle to help remember what we should all be doing for personal hygiene.
4. Good Manners Craft - the girls can put together a saying board to help them remember how to always speak politely.
5. Table Manners - this has some dining tips and also a map of how to set the table. I would have the girls practice setting up their own place using the proper format, and then you can serve them a treat.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Activity Days Pioneer Trivia - Learning and Living The Gospel

We celebrated Pioneer Day here in Utah last week and I realized I really didn't know much about the pioneers. I used to though. Growing up, I would go to the Palmyra Pageant each summer and would visit all the church sites. It was time I got back into church history!

Using information provided on the Church's "The Trek West" website, I came up with this Jeopardy-like game. You can divide the girls into two teams and each team gets a turn choosing a question based on the point level. Some of the questions are pretty hard... but they should be able to guess it based on the multiple choice answers, making the questions pretty easy. There is also a "Pioneer Board" where the girls can keep track of their score as they move a game piece on the pioneer trail on the board close to Utah from Illinois. 

All of the questions are put on the page so all you have to do is fold the paper in half to hide the question until it is chosen. 

An answer key for the leaders :)

An example of one of the hardest questions. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Activity Days Mother's Day Activity - Serving Others

One of the Faith In God Requirements says, "Make a list of the qualities you like in a person. Choose one quality to develop in yourself. Discuss how showing respect and kindness strengthens you, your family, and others.

I made a "Qualities" activity that was super popular, so I thought I could stem off that with this Mother's Day Activity! The girls can make this Mother's Day card by choosing what qualities they see in their mother. Start with giving the girls a bunch of qualities. The one I made had 60, have them cut out the ones they chose. Then have the girls glue their petals on the stems to make flowers. I think it would be pretty fun for the girls to take this Mother's Day card home to their mothers and explain to them why they chose the qualities they did.

Start with this, then let the girls add the petals they think describe their mother

Use this definitions page to go over Qualities the girls may not know