Saturday, March 17, 2018

Get To Know You Bunco - Activity Days Faith In God Activity

Much to my husband’s confusion, Bunco isn’t exactly a competitive game that I play with my girlfriends to “win”. I love Bunco because it has been an opportunity for me to get to know the ladies in my ward and neighborhood much better. Some nights when we play, we only get through two rounds because we are chatting so much—but I think that is kind of the point. 

I know it can be hard to get to know Activity Days girls/boys (and even the other leaders), so I’ve been trying to come up with activity for this for a while, and since somehow rolling dice is as thrilling to my 5 year old as it can be to me—why not an Activity Days Bunco!?

For those of you who know how to play Bunco— this is just a bit different because at the end of each round, the winner chooses a “Question Card” to ask the other team… hopefully spiking some conversation.


For those of you who don't know how to play - it's basically a dice rolling game in which you receive points for what you roll. You normally play in multiples of 4 - but since I know that's unpredictable with Activity Days, this can be tweaked with either leaders joining in/out, by having a "ghost" (one player rolls for two people) or even just having the girls play in pairs and keep track of their own points. Here are the rules: 

 For this activity, you will need:
· Bunco Cards 
· Question Cards
· Dice (3) for each table
· Bell (optional - start/end of each round can also be yelled out)
· "Travelling beaver" (optional - usually a stuffed dice/animal - for the player with the last bunco 

I made this activity with different holiday themes - just for a little added festivity :)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Faith In God BINGO Game

Recently the Primary President asked for us as leaders to keep track of what requirements each girl has checked off. I racked my brain for the best way to do that... felt like it would make for a pretty boring activity if we spent the hour just going through everyone's Faith In God books (and that's even IF we could get all the girls to bring theirs!) We decided to make it into a Halloween Party. We invited all our girls to dress in their Halloween costume, we blew up some balloons, had some treats and some Halloween games.  

I wanted a fun game to play for our Halloween party that was related to what we were doing. This Faith In God Bingo has all the requirements for the Faith In God award... making it a great way for the girls (or BOYS!) to review what it takes to get their award. 

While most the girls were playing Bingo with one of the leaders, one girl at a time met with me so we could go through their book and I could update my tracking sheet (shown below). We went through each of the four categories, making sure the "Faith in God Achievement Record" at the end of their book was also updated. I had candy at my table, too ;)

After the Bingo game and once all the girl's books had been updated, we played a little gummy worm game. I put four gummy worms on a paper plate and covered the gummy worms with whipping cream. The first girl to finish finding and eating all four gummy worms, with their hands behind their back- WON. This was super fun and everyone's faces had whipping cream all over. 

I figured this "Faith in God Bingo" could be great at just about any holiday party or activity, so I made them for Valentines, St Patrick's Day, Christmas and 4th of July as well. That way if anyone is looking for a quick, fun, but also very related to Faith in God activity... this is a great fit! 



Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Baptismal Covenants Fitness Camp - L&L the Gospel - Easter

I love spring. Its finally warm enough to play outside! I wanted to make something that was a little more active, but with Easter coming up I also wanted to make something about our Savior. 

Each Sunday when have an opportunity to reflect on Jesus Christ and we partake of the sacrament, we are renewing our baptismal covenants. By reviewing the Baptismal Covenant, we learn that it is a promise between us and the Lord and we can evaluate if we are doing what we covenanted to do  being a member of the church, taking upon His name, helping others, testifying of Christ, serving God and keeping his commandments. If we do our part, Heavenly Father will forgive our sins, poor his Spirit more abundantly upon us and redeem us.

This activity would fit great under Developing Talents for the fitness activity, but also under Learning and Living the Gospel: Explain how taking the sacrament helps you renew your Baptismal Covenant. In a family home evening, teach others about things we can do to remain faithful. 

Youll need a bag/sac/basket for each girl, 8 bowls and 8 pieces of Hersheys Nuggets (If you choose to use candy- you dont have to. If you are doing this around Easter time, you can use an Easter egg, or you can use chocolate AND an Easter eggs J).

There are eight stations. I made table tents for each station that you can just place on the ground or if youre in a backyard with furniture you can put them on chairs or tables. The table tents have the name and pictures for each exercise. You'll also have a bowl next to the table tent with the "missing word" chocolate nuggets/eggs/paper. One per participant. 

The missing words are designed to wrap around a Hersheys nugget, but can also just be folded in half and/or placed in Easter Eggs.


Once everyone has all of their "missing words", they can use them to complete their very own "My Baptismal Covenants" handout. This handout is a great size to fit into scriptures after the activity. 

Before they go home, give them this reminder, so they can complete the Family Home Evening part of the requirement. 

You can get my files for this activity HERE.

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: 

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

Serving Spoons

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 :).