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 :).

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!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Scripture Hero Guess Who - Learning and Living the Gospel

I really had to dive into my scriptures making this activity, and I learned so much! With conference coming up, I thought this would be a good activity to relate how what we learn from scripture heroes, isn't very different from what we learn from today's prophets :). This activity would be great for Learning and Living the Gospel, but would also work well for Sharing Time and Family Home Evening!

This "Guess Who" activity has the following steps: 
1. Choose a letter from the "Clue Mailbox" 
2. Read the "Scripture Clue" from the letter
3. Guess who the scripture clue is from and choose their name from the "Board Cards"
4. Turn over "Board Cards" and find out what that prophet taught us
5. Show President Monson's quote

So I made a pretty simple mailbox with just two and a half pieces of card stock, tape and some scissors. I also made envelopes to put the scripture clues in:

Ask a reverent helper to come to the front and choose an envelope out of the mailbox. In the envelopes, put a "Guess Who Scripture Clue". These have scriptures that the kids can read out loud to everyone, and then try to guess who the scripture is talking about/who said it. If they don't know, they can ask if someone else knows. I made twelve: Nephi, Enos, Abinadi, Samuel the Lamanite, Brother of Jared, Moroni, Moses, Noah, Abraham, David, Daniel and Joseph Smith. For example: My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Answer: Daniel

Then on the chalkboard or wall, have the "Guess Who Board Cards" up, with the name of the scripture hero facing up. Once the participant has read the scripture clue and guessed who said it, they can choose their name from the board cards and turn it over to find out what we can learn from that scripture hero. Also put the President Monson quote on the board, with his picture but facing the chalkboard so no one can see.

Then once all of the scripture heroes have been turned over, turn over the quote from President Monson and ask everyone who they think said it. Once they are done guessing, you can turn over President Monson's picture, and explain to everyone that we are very fortunate to have modern day prophets who teach us just like our heroes in the scriptures. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Getting to Know - Learning and Living the Gospel

In the Faith In God Book, it reads: "Read a recent conference address given by the prophet. Decide what you can do to follow the prophet, and do it".

I thought this would be a great activity before General Conference for the girls to get to know the brethren a little better. I made a PowerPoint using facts from their biography's on just a few bullet points so they can get to know them just a bit without being too overwhelmed. 

Depending on how many participants you have, assign them each brethren to look up BEFORE you look at the "Getting to know the first presidency & quorum of the twelve apostles" PowerPoint. Have them use their devices (phone, kindle, iPad) to fill in the blanks on the worksheet for their assigned brother. Once everyone is done, allow the participants to present the brethren that they researched to the group... in which they could also add anything they would like that's not listed on the PowerPoint but they learned during their research. Hook your laptop up to a TV so that everyone can see. Have the girls fill in the blanks in the worksheet while others are presenting so their worksheet is complete. 

Once they have completed the worksheet, you can pass out the quote handout. This has a famous quote from each of the brethren.  I would recommend they fold this and put it in their scriptures. Now that they are more familiar with who these brethren are, you can instruct them to go home and read a conference address, choose something they can do to follow the prophet, and do it. 

Then once everyone is brushed up on their apostle facts, you can split everyone into two groups. Have these trivia cards cut up and choose one at a time. Have one person from each team come to the front and face each other with a small table in between them. Place a spoon on the table. The first person who thinks they know the answer grabs the spoon. If neither of them know, they can get help from their team. Each correct answer is a point :).