Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentine's Activity

Hey! So I made this 14 days of Valentine's for my husband last year. I had a LOT of fun with it... probably more than my husband:

I put this up on my family's blog and didn't think about it until just the other day I logged in and noticed I had A TON of comments on its post. Turns out over 200 people wanted me to e-mail it to them for Valentine's day!!

That got me thinking that maybe we could tweek it a little and do it for activity days!! So I changed the sayings just a little bit and I think it will be really fun for the girls! We haven't done it yet but I wanted to post this on here early so that if you wanted you could do it in time for Valentine's day also.

So my plan is to have the girls pick someone... a friend, family member or even parent that they would like to do this for. Maybe we can have them think about a friend at school that may not have very many other friends or someone who needs service. Then we will spend the activity putting it together. I changed the sayings a little bit and made the sayings so that they could color them in and then we'll just tape them to the candy. I think if we do this with mini-sized candies it won't end up being too expensive.

Here is what I plan on doing cause I think it will be the easiest and cheapest...this is subject to change based on what they have at the store...

1. I am nuts about you: any mini candy bar with nuts.
2. You are o’fish’ally awesome: Small bag of Swedish Fish
3. I’d be in KNOTS without you: Pretzels (get one big bag, put some in a ziploc)

4. You stole a piece of my heart: Reeses piece
5. I am stuck on you: A sucker or gum
6. You color my world: Skittles

7. + Scripture. You are a sweetie: Sweet tarts

Here are the others:
  • You are a hot tamale: Hot tamales
  • You are the star in my eyes: Starbursts
  • Be my friend now and later: Now and Later
  • You are priceless to me: 1000 Grand
  • Thanks for going to bat for me: Babe Ruth
  • I like the way you roll: ROLLO
  • I have a crush on you: Crush soda
  • You rock my world: Rock Candy
  • Being your friend is a joy: Almond Joy
  • I ‘soda’ think you are amazing: any soda
  • You are the apple of my eye: apple or apple candy (I know at my dollar store they have apple suckers. If you don't do "I'm stuck on you" using suckers, you could use this one)

I also plan on including a picture of Christ or at least this scripture on the last one,  explaining the true meaning of LOVE.

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Matthew 22:37-39

If you would like me to e-mail you the word document in case you want to change the sayings more, I'm happy to e-mail them to you. I try to check my e-mail around once a month. If you would like them right now, you can get them HERE.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Slice of Heaven Pizza Party (Developing Talents)

We have a few activities that we repeat each year and this is one of them! I wanted to teach the girls how to make something for dinner that they could do all by themselves in hopes that they would go home and make pizza one day... maybe even for thier families. I also think the girls love the idea of making THIER OWN pizza just how they like it, all to themselves.

 So really the hardest part about this activity is getting all the ingredients. Here is a sample shopping this:

1. Dough (you can make this yourself or if you are like me... rhodes rolls works great (this can also teach them how you have to get them out early and let the rolls rise, 1-2 rolls per girl is perfect), or you can buy dough from papa murphys and i'm sure lots of other places)
2. Sauce (tomato is great but in my house we like BBQ and alfredo sauce too)
3. Toppings: Pepperoni, pineapple, ham, olives, mushrooms, peppers, bacon....

Then give each girl a piece of tin foil and let them go to town! When they are done you can put the pizzas/tinfoil on a cookie sheet for ease in getting them in and out of the oven. If your oven has two racks, you should be able to fit 12 pizzas in at a time.

I didn't get my own picture of this but found this on online to give you the idea

Family Home Evening Packets (Learning and Living the Gospel)



I wish I could take credit for this activity... but it was all my partner. She is GREAT! And so good with the girls. We made Family Home Evening packets for the girls to take home with them and be in charge of an FHE with thier families. At the beginning of the activity Trinity read a story to the girls about animals and how they are different and that different is OKAY.

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye unto them likewise" Luke 6:31

Trinity said she got most of the materials online... so I'm sure if any of you would like to recreate this, you can get inspiration from these pictures but choose exactly what you want to go in them yourselves. Here is what we used:

  1. A folder for everything to go in:

 2. A write-up on the activity with what is included in the packet for the girls to use as a guide when they are teaching FHE.

 3. A song for them to sing

4. These are the animals that we had the girls color and put together. It went along with the story of how being different is okay.

5. The Animal Story. I tried finding it online to share the link but I couldn't :(

6. An easy recipe for the girls to make for FHE before or for FHE

7. After reading them the story and talking about how it's okay to be different, we let them color their animals and put their packets together.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Burp Cloths (Serving Others)

For this activity we had the girls choose someone in the ward that was either pregnant or had just had a baby to make a burp cloth for. It actually took us two weeks because the first week we made the burp cloths, then the second week the girls delivered them to the (new) moms.

You'll need:

1. Cloth diapers. Some examples: ( or
2. Cute fabric for the middle.
3. Ribbon to decorate.

All you do is sew the cute fabric down the center of the cloth diaper, and then add the ribbon to make it cute... then mom will be burping thier babies in style!

I didn't get very good pictures, sorry :(