Friday, February 17, 2017

St Patricks Day Tithing and Budget Game - Developing Talents.

In the Faith In God book under "Developing Talents", the first requirement is: "Learn how to budget and save money. Discuss why it is important to faithfully pay our tithing and how Heavenly Father blesses us when we do (see 3 Nephi 24:1011). Pay your tithing and begin saving for a mission."


For this activity, you'll need about 10 minutes before the activity to cut and glue the "clover cards" and 2 dice.

 The idea is that every time a participant rolls a 7, they can choose a "clover card".  You can choose to have these clover cards just on the table (as shown below) or if you want to make it a bit more fun, you can hide them around the room and they have to "work" for them. However- there are 42 clover cards... so if you make them work for the cards, you man want to hide them in bunches or else it would take a super long time to get them all.  Also if you hide them, you'll want to make sure they find them all.... the amount of credits/debits works out so there's just a bit of savings left (which they can trade in to the leader for a prize). If it's taking too long for them to get all 
 the cards, you can say that if they roll a 7, 8 or 9 then they can choose a clover card to speed things up a bit. 

The clover card will either have a yellow coin or a green expense. I tried using expenses that most typical 8-12 year olds would use in any given week (for example: toothbrush and paste - $5,  toilet paper - $10, dinner - $20). When they choose a coin card, they'll place it on the credit page. When they choose an expense card, they'll place it on the debit page (apparently this is banking use of the terms credit/debit and not accounting... either way it introduces them to some financial terms :).




Once all the clover cards have been found, it's time to budget (well, kind of). Have them count up all the coins. It should total $300 (this is important because I made the coins so they can pay for tithing, pay for the expenses and still have some left over). 

Then teach them how to figure out 10% - To find 10% all we need to do is move/shift the decimal one place to the left. Thus 10% of 300 = 30. Now would also be a good time to read 3 Nephi 24:10-11. I put it on a table tent with the name of the game on the other side.   



Next, have them match each expense with a coin as if they are paying for it. For example, place it to the side once a "$5" coin is matched with a "$5" expense. 
Once everything is paid for, they should have some savings. I figured they could be rewarded for their savings with a surprise.... maybe chocolate gold coin or something.  



To end the lesson, I would share this story from "The Blessings of Tithing" by Henry B. Eyring.


By Fabiano dos Santos da Silva

I met the missionaries when I was 17. At that time my older brother and I lived together. Our mother had passed away the year before, and life was difficult. When the missionaries taught me, I could see that this Church was the church I had always sought. But the influence of my friends prevented me from going to church on Sundays.
One time I went to a Church activity during the week. Seeing all the young people laughing and playing brought me great joy. The missionaries, with the youth, took that opportunity to teach me a gospel lesson, and I felt so good I resolved to be baptized.
But even after I joined the Church, I faced challenges. I was the only member of the Church in that part of town and lived far away from the meetinghouse. My nonmember friends no longer wanted anything to do with me. When I felt alone, I prayed and felt the love of the Lord.
Each month, I received a small allotment of money from a fund my mother left. It was difficult to sustain myself with so little money. But I determined to be obedient. I paid tithing and also had to pay for transportation to seminary and Sunday meetings. I didn’t understand how, but at the end of the month, I found that there had been enough money to do it all.
I know that I have been blessed by paying tithing. Obeying this commandment helped me gain a stronger testimony, serve a mission, and recognize blessings so I can strengthen new members who are facing challenges.

You can get my files for this activity <HERE>

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Aim For Virtue- Preparing for Young Women


In the Faith In God book under Preparing for Young Women, there's the following requirement: 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 Valentine's activity around this requirement since the thirteenth Article of Faith mentions love and being uplifting and virtuous. For this activity you'll also need either a Nerf gun or bow and arrow about 15 mins to cut out hearts and make scripture cards and candy (candy is optional).

1. Thirteenth Article of Faith Race

For the first part of the activity, divide the group into two groups and have in an envelope these slips of paper with the 13th Article of Faith written on them. The first group to get it in order, wins. I think this is an awesome way for the participants to familiarize themselves with the 13th Article of Faith. 



2. Scripture Word Guess

For the next part of the activity, I made 15 scriptures "cards" - The first side has the scripture with a missing word and the other side has the missing word. Choose a volunteer to go first (you could keep the teams from before and let the two teams compete to see who can guess the most words. If they guess the wrong word, the other team could steal). Here's how I put them together:




3. Aim for Virtue and Love

I think this part will be the most fun. The girls can be little Valentine cupids and with a Nerf gun or bow and arrow (dollar store normally has both of these) and "Aim for Virtue and Love" by trying to hit one of these 32 hearts with qualities/traits written on them. If you still have the two teams you could ask for a volunteer from each team and give them each a gun. The girl that hits the most hearts in 1 minute, wins a point for their team. OR- If they are taking individual turns, they can get a candy for each heart that they hit. There are also 15 smaller black hearts that if they end up hitting maybe they are deducted a point or have to swallow a yucky jelly bean or something.

*** I edited the hearts to be bigger and easier to cut out since the ones shown here***


 At the end of this activity, I would encourage each girl to choose a virtue they would like to work on (maybe they can pick a virtue heart from the wall and bring it home with them). Ask them to go home and discuss with their parent ways they can be better.

Article Of Faith Pass Off

We were wanting to keep better track of which primary kids were passing off their Articles Of Faith.... so I made this Pass Off Tracking Sheet. Whether you are the activity days leader, in the primary presidency or a primary teacher, this could be used to help keep track of what's been pass off  :)



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cupcake Wars - Serving Others

In the Faith in God book under Serving Others, there is the following requirement: Plan and hold a parent-child activity, such as a dinner, picnic, hike, day trip, or service project. My ward did a Mother-Daughter CupCakeWars activity and it was great! I thought it could be super fun for the girls to plan this themselves. 


Maybe you can spend about 20 minutes at the end of an activity to let the girls plan the CupcakeWars as their next activity. They can totally plan how they want to do it but you can help them out by providing the invitations that they fill out, deciding what they want and making assignments (perhaps have someone prepare the cupcakes ahead of time, but have them ready to be decorated) and once its time for the activity, they can fill out the food cards and make sure they have everything. Then they can decide how they would like the cupcakes to be judged... maybe the Activity Day leaders can be the judges, or maybe the girl's can invite the primary presidency or their primary teacher. 

I made two invitations:



Have the girls fill out the assignments and staple their little assignment paper to their invitation. Have them also make a master list for the leaders so someone knows what everyone is bringing: 

Here is a list of things to remember/ideas: 

Cupcakes
Frosting
Food Coloring
Sprinkles
Lots of Candy - gummy bears, gummy worms, sweedish fisth, sour patch... 
Chocolate Chips
Oreo
Fruit - raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, banana....
Flavoring
Decorating Icing

Plates
Serving Spoons
Napkins
Spoons
Knives

Either prepared ahead of time or right at the beginning of the event, have the girls fill out the food labels to put on the table: 

Have each Mother/Daguther/Friend team make up a name for their cupcakes. That way the judges won't know whose is who, but can announce a winner using their team name. Have them place their "name table tent" right next to their cupcakes. 


And then have these awards ready... let the girls choose whether they want the judge to do "first, second and third" or "most appetizing, most colorful, most unique, most creative". I also made one that says "awesome" in case every girl would like to get something. As the leader, maybe you can even purchase prizes ahead of time for the winners. 




You can get my files for this activity HERE :).




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Body Is A Temple


First have everyone share what their favorite temple is and why.  Talk about how they felt if they've been to one, or what they remember if they have been lucky enough to go to an open house. Then you can explain to them that even though temples are all different, each is a House of God. 

Share this scripture:  1 Corinthians 3:16–17 [1 Cor. 3:16–17]:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”


Have the girls pick a charade card out of a bag or box and act out what is on the card for everyone else to guess. Once all the cards have been guessed, you'll have covered these principles on keeping our bodies like a temple (some of which are gospel standards)










Give each of the girls one of these hand-outs with the following quote:  
Even though each temple looks different, all are beautiful and are built for the same purpose. They are buildings where special ordinances take place that are needed for us to return to Heavenly Father. You are like a temple. You are different from everyone else, but you too are a house for the Spirit of God—the Holy Ghost. Your body is a temple for your spirit.
 Vicki F. Matsumori
 Also give them a "Future Temple Recommend" that they can sign their name to. 



Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Buckle Toy - Serving Others

My little girl is obsessed with buckles. She goes crazy around strollers and will throw a fit if I don't let her buckle her own car seat. I thought I came up with a million dollar idea when I made this buckle toy... turns out there's plenty of other people before me.



 My daughter absolutely LOVES this toy. It has been a total lifesaver on car trips and when I need her to be quiet for just a minute. I was making a couple extra ones for friends and family when I thought this could make an awesome Faith In God activity.

These are easy to make, a great use of scrap material and ribbon, and allows the girls to get their hands on a sewing machine. I thought this would be a great service activity where the girls could donate them to the ward's nursery, or even to individual families with littles for them to use as a quiet toy during sacrament. I think it would be fun to make this activity two weeks... let the girls shop and pick out the materials the first week, then make them the second. OR... make them in the first week and for the second week deliver them to homes with little ones so the girls can see them play with the toy :)

To make mine I just used scrap material, I ordered the buckles on Amazon and got ribbon from Hobby Lobby (using the 40% off coupon) and the dollar store. I was actually super surprised at the great selection at the dollar store... they didn't have any polka dot or super cute ribbon, but they had plenty of solid colors... where any solid color roll was 2.99 at Hobby Lobby.


1. Choose your fabric, ribbon and buckles. You'll need two pieces of fabric that are the same size, and two pieces of ribbon for each buckle.  It doesn't really matter what shape or size the fabric is, but I made mine long and skinny so that I would use less ribbon (about 3.5*10 inches). You just want to cut your ribbon a bit short of the width of your fabric (about 3.25 inches - accounts for the buckle) so that the two buckles come together nicely when it's done.



2. Sew the ribbon with the buckle onto the front side of the fabric. 
 



3. Thread the second piece of ribbon through the buckle and sew on the other side. 


4. Place the second piece of fabric right side down on top of the first piece of fabric with the buckles/ribbon sewn on. Sew the two pieces together on three sides, leaving one side un-sewn so you can turn it inside out.

 5. Turn the toy inside out and sew the last side shut, and VOILA!