Thursday, December 4, 2014

Subway Art for Articles of Faith

It feels like yesterday that I was posting these subway art of Primary song lyrics. I made them as a gift to give the girls on their birthday or when they graduate from Primary. My plan was to print them off and put them in a cute frame. Since they became so popular I decided to also make them using the Articles of Faith. Here are some ideas:

1. They can be used to help the girls memorize the Articles. You can give the girls a copy or hang up the one you are working on at the activity.
2. They can be used as a gift when they get the article memorized. They can be encourage to collect all 13.
3. They can be printed and made into a book that can be given to girls as they enter Activity Days.







I have the PDF version that I'd be happy to e-mail you... I check my activity days email about once every 2 months. (activitydaysforfun@gmail.com). You can also get them instantly HERE You can also check out my "subway art 2 color" files HERE

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Articles of Faith Booklet Activity

I was playing with my Articles of Faith PowerPoint a little bit and thought of this activity that I hope will help just a few more girls with memorizing their Articles of Faith. My PowerPoint has a few slides for each of the Articles of Faith in which it starts with all the words, then I start taking words away. I adapted my PowerPoint (that was 64 pages) down to just 16, and added a few things so after printing, it can be easily made into a booklet. This is something you could do for the girls, or this could be an activity where the girls make their own. This booklet ends up being just a quarter of a page which is perfect for them to fit in their scriptures and is a great quiet (church time) activity.

1. Print the PDF (1 copy for each girl). 
2. Cut along the gray dotted lines
3. Put the pages in the correct order. Notice page numbers on the top right corner.
4. Bind the top. You can do this with staples, hole punch/cute ribbon, or even a ring.
5. Fill in "This book belongs to" page. If the girls are making the booklets, they can sign and decorate it.


Here is the link to my Etsy where you can get the files right away... or if you don't mind waiting, email me at activitydaysforfun@gmail.com. I try to check this email once a month. 


Pictures of the finished product to come soon!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Activity Days Scavenger Hunt

Guys- I'm like really excited about this one. It's a scavenger hunt that should work in all (typical) LDS buildings!

You will need:
- Scavenger hunt clues
-A puzzle with 9 pieces for each girl
-Envelopes for the girls to carry their pieces in
-Tape to create envelopes
-Tape for the girls to put the puzzle together

So first you start by creating the nine scavenger hunt clues. I made mine so that when you print them out you can turn them into envelopes that will hold the puzzle pieces. Here they are:



Once the clues are printed, just fold the paper on the dotted lines and then tape the sides so it creates an envelope.

 Then you'll need a puzzle with 9 pieces for each girl. Once you have the puzzle cut up, put the all the pieces for one section in one envelope. For example, if you have 12 girls, put all 12 pieces to the top corner piece in the envelope for this clue:




You can really use anything you want as the puzzle, you'll just want to cut it into 9 pieces if you use 9 clues. I made this subway art below to use as the puzzle.  It follows the 2015 Primary theme  "I know My Savior Lives".

Once the girls have all the puzzle pieces together, you can sing the song (especially great if you can time the activity for when they are learning it in primary) . Get lyrics for the whole song here: I know that my Savior loves me.  


You can also make an envelope for the girls (with instructions) to keep their puzzle pieces in as they are running about the building. They can decorate their envelope with their name. This would be awesome at the start of the activity to do while they are waiting for everyone to get there.



Then you just need to get to the building just a little before Activity Days starts so you can post the envelopes around the building. Just make sure you don't put a clue in the location of its answer, and you should be good. I think it would be fun to end the scavenger hunt in the kitchen with a yummy treat :). If you want my files, you can get them here :).



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dinner Time Conversations

This "Dinner Time Conversations" is a great addition to an etiquette dinner activity. The girls can pull this out at dinner and make good conversation with their families :).

I made this template so you can print out the label and tape around any jar or cup. Then cut the questions and fold them like an accordion.

Label

Mason jar topper


The questions. The girls can come up with one of their own. 


I like to put the tape on the inside so it doesn't show

Fancy it up with a ribbon and you're all set :)


Thankful Tree


How better to celebrate Thanksgiving and the season of giving than counting our blessings? I love this thankful tree as an activity for the girls to cut out and pin what they are thankful for, and then hang it up somewhere they can always see it to remember.


This activity is super easy, so you can make this on your own or you can use my template here




The finished product:



Monday, May 19, 2014

Trust in the Lord

This is my favorite scripture.  

Proverbs 3:5-6

¶Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.





My husband and I have had a lot of decisions to make lately. This scripture keeps popping into my head. I made this to print off and post in my house so I never forget the importance of trusting in the lord, even when it doesn't quite fit with my understanding.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Primary Songs 2 Color

Hey there!

I just made these for some girls to color during General Conference. I don't know about you... but I listen so much better when I can doodle during meetings. I also got thinking they would be good for downtime during Activity Days or even during Sunday School to help everyone stay in their seats and listen!

I have them HERE on my Esty Shop if you want them right now... or as always I can e-mail them to you when I get the chance! I might have to print some for myself!

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By popular demand, I have now also made these from the Articles of Faith! Another way to help the girls with memorizing the articles in a fun way :)







Thursday, February 6, 2014

Update

Hello there!!

I can't believe it's been almost a year since I've been released! I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated some of the kind e-mails I have gotten from this blog. It has been an answer to prayers to be able to help in a small way in some of the wonderful work so many of you are doing! Thank YOU!

So my friend recently showed me a little bit about Etsy. I thought I would throw some of my files up on there. I've added just a few so far... but if you want a file right away, you are welcome to visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnapshotPlace and get it. I check my Activity Days e-mail about once a month, so if you are willing to wait, I'm happy to send you what you would like for free when I have the time.

Thanks again to everyone and good luck!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Released

Hey everyone! I am SO incredibly sad to report that I have been released from Activity Days :( !!!
I was a leader for three years and I am pretty sure I think it's the best calling in the whole church! I am very excited for the next person who will get to serve in this calling.

I plan to keep this blog up for anyone who wants to check it out... I won't be adding much to it, but hopefully new leaders to come will get some ideas. I still had a few things up my sleeve that I want to share now before I totally close this calling in my life.

I have been working on these song lyrics to give the girls as a gift for maybe their birthday or when they graduate. I was planning on printing it off and putting it in a cute frame. I have the PDF version that I'd be happy to e-mail you... I'm just not sure how often I will be checking my activity days e-mail (activitydaysforfun@gmail.com). You can also get them HERE and all 5 of them HERE.

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 Also... when I taught swimming lessons it was oftentimes very difficult to get my little swimmers to behave. I got this idea from my mom... that after each lesson if they were good, I would give them an "atta boy" or "atta girl". It worked like a CHARM. Even though it was just a peice of paper... it somehow made them act like angels! So.... I thought for Activity Days when the girls ever did something that was kind, caring, thoughtful or nice... that we would give them an Atta Girl. For example... the other day one of our girls, Ali, offered everyone else a cookie before she took one herself. She totally could have had first pick and no one would have noticed... but instead to let everyone else have a cooke first. I was totally impressed with that. I really wanted to whip out an "Atta Girl". I think if the girls new they could always be earning them... and we gave them out regularly, it would be a great addition to our activities.

I would just print this out and maybe put on on cute paper as a background:

Friday, April 19, 2013

Headband Holder - Developing Talents

For this activity, we made headband holders made out of oatmeal containers. Since we collected the oatmeal containers for a little while before the activity and got the candlestick at the dollar store, this activity should only cost the candlesticks + supplies.... no more than 1.50 per girl.
 
Here is what you will need:
  • oatmeal containers
  • modge podge
  • foam brushes
  • paper (2 12x12 pieces for each girl, with some left over)
  • candle sticks (found at the dollar store)
  • hot glue gun or strong glue
 
 
 
Each girl needs an oatmeal container and candlestick....

 
First we had the girls pick out what paper they wanted. In order to cover the whole oatmeal container, we had the girls pick two pieces of 12x12 paper and then cut it to size. Then we had the girls modge podge the paper to the oatmeal container.

 
Some of the oatmeal containers had print on the top of the lid, so some girls cut out a circle and glued that to the top of the lid. Then you just glue the candlestick to the bottom of the oatmeal container, and there you go!
 
I think they turned out really cute!




 
Then to finish them off, have each of the girls write their favorite scripture on the bottom of the lid. We pretty much ran out of time... so I also suggest having a scripture ready for them. With this headband holder conveniently in their room, whenever they want to read their favorite scripture, all they have to do is look at the bottom of their lid.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Called to Serve - Learning and Living the Gospel

What a fun activity! The girls loved it. For this "Called to Serve" activity, we had the girls pretend that they were being called on a mission. Trinity, my partner is such a genius... once again this was all her.

I think you can totally tailor this activity to what you want to do... but if you do it the same as us, you will need:

- Personalized mission calls
- Personalized name tags
- Scriptures
- Clothes - jackets and skirts for each girl
- (Returned) Sister Missionaries to speak

You can my files for this activity HERE (mission call, name tags and language words, subway art).

At the beginning of the activity, each girl got a sealed envelope with a mission call inside. They each took turns reading their call and each girl was on the edge of their seat excited for their turn to see where they were going and what language they were going to speak. Trinity set it up so each place had two girls "called" to it... that way the two girls could be companions and do the rest of the activity together. For example, Julie and Andrea were both called to Geneva, Switzerland.



After they read their mission calls, each girl got a name tag in the language they were going to be speaking and we had them dress up in skirts and jackets (some of which were mine and were way too big... but that made it fun... we had plenty of safety pins.)

After they were all dressed and had their name tag, we had them find and label on a map where they were going.





Next we did a topical guide activity that was pretty challenging for them. Also I think any kind of scripture search or maybe even scripture mastery would have been great. Anything using the scriptures that is maybe kinda hard to teach them that scripture study isn't always easy.



 Then after our scripture activity, two return sister missionaries came to talk to the girls. They each talked about their missions a little bit and then bore their testimony. When they were done talking the time was up but the girls asked them questions for like 10 minutes! It was really sweet. Trinity knew these girls and they are fresh off their mission... but I think if you had Sister missionaries currently serving in your ward, they would love to come too.


We didn't do this, but I think another great addition would be having the girls learn a few words in the language they were "called" to speak. They would think that is pretty cool to learn some words, plus show them how challenging learning a new language can be!

Also... I just finished making this "I hope they call me on a mission" subway art. This would be a great handout :).


If you like the subway art, you can get more HERE and for the articles of faith HERE.