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
SAMPLE
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Activity Days Babysitting Kit - Serving Others

In the Faith In God book it reads:

"Entertain young children with songs or games you have learned or made yourself. Show that you know how to care for and protect a young child."

This kit includes:

1. Babysitting Kit cover page
2. Babysitting Questionnaire ( I would provide a few copies of this for each girl's kit)
3.  First Aid (I recommend also teaching the girls Rescue Breathing and CPR basics)
4. Games
5. Songs to Sing
6. Pick an Activity
7. Shape Game Template (A game the girls make themselves)



I put two to a page....
Two to a page when printed...

Larger version so you can read what's on the questionnaire..




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Activity Days Easter Egg Hunt - Serving Others


In the Faith In God book, this is one of the recommended activities:

"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 had been trying to think of a fun Easter Activity when I started working on an activity where the girls can learn about a bunch of different qualities, then decide which ones are important to them. I was trying to come up with a way for it to be fun for the girls to learn about the qualities instead of just going over them one by one.

Then I realized this could make a great Easter activity! I figured the qualities could be placed in eggs and then the girls try to get as many of them as they can. Kind of like in life. Then I found a talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf found here.  He says, "The scriptures describe a number of Christlike attributes we need to develop during the course of our lives. They include knowledge and humility, charity and love, obedience and diligence, faith and hope."

What better qualities to aspire to than those of our Savior, while we celebrate his life and resurrection? While there are many important qualities, perhaps special attention can be paid to those that President Uchtdorf used to describe Christ.




Directions: 


1. Place pieces of paper with different qualities written on them in eggs (pictured below, there are at least 60. You may want to plan how many eggs you need based on how many girls you have). You may also choose to include a piece of candy. There are 8 qualities mentioned by Dieter F. Uchtdorf that are qualities of Christ (see quote). These are in blue ink. Perhaps include a special candy with those.





2. Allow the girls to have an Easter egg hunt and get as many eggs as they can.

3. Once all the eggs have been collected, come back together and allow each girl to open an egg one at a time, each taking a turn until all the eggs are gone. Using the definitions page, help the girls learn more about each of the traits, with special attention to the traits mentioned by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. I imagine the girls will get pretty excited for their turn to see what quality is in their egg.



4. Pass out a "Qualities Form" for the girls to fill out so they can write down the qualities that stood out to them, and also choose one quality that they would like to work on. Hand out the Dieter F. Uchtdorf Quote Handout for them to take home (perhaps with an Easter treat). Remind the girls that Easter is a time when we celebrate the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One way we can celebrate Him is by trying to be like Him.





And since this activity would be great any time of the year (not just Easter time) I also make it in this color scheme:



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Friday, March 13, 2015

Choose the Right - Learning and Living The Gospel

I made this to go along with an activity in the Faith In God book under Learning and Living the Gospel: 

Learn to sing “Choose the Right” (Hymns, no. 239). Explain what agency is and what it means to be responsible for your choices. Discuss how making good choices has helped you develop greater faith.



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Activity Days - Faith In God Treasure Hunt

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, a Faith In God Treasure Hunt! 



This is a fun way to teach and review the Faith In God requirements. The idea is that you use the candy wrappers to cover pieces of chocolate (either Hershey's nuggets or Nestle treasures) with the Faith In God award requirements.  There are 10 candy wrappers, so you would want to plan 10 pieces of chocolate for each girl: 

-Pray Daily
-Read Scriptures
-Keep Commandments & Live My Gospel Standards
-Honor Your Parents & Be Kind To Your Family
-Pay Tithing
-Attend Sacrament & Primary
-Write Your Testimony
-Memorize the Articles of Faith 
-Activities for: Learning & Living the Gospel, Serving Others, Developing Talents, Preparing for Young Women
-Interview





At the beginning of the activity you give each of the girls a treasure map and ask them to hunt for each of the "pieces of treasure" listed on the map. They can mark them off on their map as they find the pieces so they know which one they still need to find. For example, if I had 10 girls coming to the activity and it is being held in an LDS building, I would put all 10 "Daily Prayer" pieces in a bowl and put them in the kitchen. Then I would put all 10 "Read Scriptures" pieces in the young women's room... and so forth. Instruct the girls that once they have all the pieces, to meet back up in the Primary Room.



Once everyone is the Primary Room, you can give them their certificate which says: 


Congratulations!
 X = Faith In God Award
. Now that you have collected all the pieces to the treasure hunt, you have all the requirements it takes to earn your Faith in God award. Enjoy your chocolate treasures while you remember the real “treasure” is earning your Faith in God award!


And also this reminder for their scriptures: 


Then you can talk about the importance of working toward their Faith In God award and doing all the requirements.



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Candy Gram, Serving Others

My cousin was an Activity Days leader in her ward and when she got released her girls gave her this adorable candy gram! Thanks to Sister Gibson and Whimpey of Morgan, Utah for such a good idea!   

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Activity Days Starter Kit

I don't know why I didn't think of putting this together before now! The very first thing I did when I got called as an Activity Days Leader was go to Staples and I got a binder for all my stuff.


Whether you have just been called or you want a little help getting organized, this starter kit is perfect!

FOR THE LEADERS:


1. Binder Cover Sheet

2. Roster (Parent's Name, Girl's Name, Birthday, Phone Number, Text?, Email, Address)


3. Achievement Record 

4. Attendance Record


5. Calendars ( First one is January - June, the second is July-December)

When I was the leader, I would fill out these calenders and then give them to the girls every 6 months. Please refer to the picture I posted to see how I fill in the blanks (there's a spot for the date, activity name and which achievement category it falls under)



6. Birthday Record

7. Planning Form ( Idea Name, Achievement Category, Budget Estimate, Details


 FOR THE GIRLS:

*All of these are sized 5x7 so the leader (or the girls) can cut them down and fit them in scriptures. 

1. Faith In God &  My Gospel Standards

2. Articles of Faith & Achievement Record