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 :)

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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 :)




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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.




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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. 
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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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