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Christmas Jars!!!!

After reading the book,
“Christmas Jars”
I decided
that I wanted to take the opportunity with
my family to give as the Savior did.
I wanted my boys to have a selfless Christmas.
What an amazing year it turned out to be!
We read the book as a family
and then started filling jars for our neighbors.
Each jar contained 1 roll of pennies….
that was it!
We added a poem to the jar so that
the neighbor’s wouldn’t be left to wonder
what the purpose of a gift of 100 pennies meant.
Here’s the Poem:
A jar of pennies JUST FOR YOU . . .
we really went all out!
But the real meaning of this gift I
A pocket full of change, can be
a heavy thing to pack . . .
So just place it in this little jar,
and remember – NOT TO TAKE IT BACK!
When filled, this jar can CHANGE THE HEART of
someone who is in need.
The story is told in “Christmas Jars”
a book you’ll definitely want to read.
Jars are given in SECRET . . .
just where their CHRISTMAS JAR came from,
or the next place it may go.
So we hope this year you’ll FILL YOUR JAR,
To follow the Savior’s example,
and make Christmas HIS HOLIDAY!
May the TRUE meaning of Christmas be with
you throughout the year!
Tricia O. Smith
Here’s the PDF:
Green Gift Tag:
Here’s the PDF:
Gift Tag:
Here’s the PDF:
Gift Tag
Here’s the PDF for the Gift Tags:
I tied a ribbon to the neck of the jar
and added the gift tag.
This was one of my
favorite neighborhood gifts to give
because I knew it had the potential to
the lives of others in need.
It was truly a blessing for my family! …..

The Nativity Play!!!

Christmas Eve

is my FAVORITE part of Christmas!

I get so ExCiTeD I can hardly stand it.

I love Traditions and Christmas Eve seems to

have some of the best ones.

Our Christmas Eve Traditions consist of:

Games and Prizes

Amazing Food

A Visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus

The Christmas Eve P.J. Parade

 and then the


The Nativity Play

followed by our

Secret Santa Delivery

and an

All Night Hallmark Movie Marathon

Slumber Party with the boys!


I created a new Nativity Set for this one,

and I have to say, IT’S MY FAVORITE!

So here it is, page by page:

We have the kids in the family dress up

and read their parts.

For FHE I made a second set.

This one is one that can be held with little hands

and moved around.

Here they are…

Here’s the PDF:

The Nativity Story Packet PDF

The pieces can be Mod Podged to wood or chipboard.

This would be a fun gift for Visiting Teaching

and Home Teaching.

You could cut and laminate the pieces.

Attach a magnent on the back and use it with a magnetic board,

you could print on magnetic paper. You could

attach them to tongue depressors, or

you could just give them a copy of the story.

Lots of possibilities!

Nativity Story Cards

The Silent Night Memory Game

is a great way to talk to your “littles” about

the TRUE MEANING of Christmas.

I was able to use mine for a Primary Sharing Time.

When they got the match…

I had the child read the Story Card
that goes with that picture.

Here’s what they look like:

Each of the Memory Game Cards

will have a front and a back.

The back side of all of the cards will have

this picture:

The other side will have two of each of the other pictures
shown below.

This is what the Story Cards look like:

I keep these and when a match is made,

I hand it to the one who got the match to read.


Cards can be printed with a front and back side

and laminated,

or they can be printed and attached to

chipboard using Mod Podge and
a sponge brush to attach them.

You can use a wet erase marker to write

numbers on the stars of the back pieces
when the game is played in Primary.
When you’re done…just wipe them off
and start with a fresh set of numbers
every time you play.

Here’s the Memory Game Post:
Nativity Memory Game Blog Post

Nativity Story Cards PDF:

Nativity Story Cards Packet PDF

Nativity Story Card Mary Addition PDF

Valentine’s Day Bingo for Preschoolers!

The Preschool Version

of the Valentine’s Day Bingo includes the COLORS

Purple, Blue, Aqua, Green, Yellow, Orange,

Pink, Red, Brown, Gray, and Black . . .

and the NUMBERS


Don’t you just love it when kids

can LEARN while they PLAY?!?

This set includes 24 Game Boards

and 24 Calling Cards.

Here’s the PDF:

Pre-School Be Mine Bingo

Don’t Forget the candy!

You can use:

Conversation Hearts

Red Hots

Valentine’s Day M&M’s


Whatever you can find on sale!



Valentine’s Day Games

Need a last minute game?
This one is big enough to include a whole class
so room mothers have no fear . . .
The Valentine’s Day Bingo Is Here!!!
(It’s called Be Mine!)
The packet contains 24 Game Boards
and 24 Calling Cards.
If you need more than 24, just make a few extra
copies.  I don’t think the kids will mind
if a couple of them get “BE MINE” at the same time!
Give each child a card and a box of conversation hearts
to mark the squares, and let the game begin!
Here’s the PDF:
Thank You Valerie for the AMAZING PDF!!!
Remember Alphagraphics would love to print these for you
and they already have the files so you don’t need to bring them in.
If you look closely at each of the squares,
you will notice the potential for
Individual Valentine’s Day Cards.
I LOVE Valentine’s Day . . .
so a couple
of years ago I made some Valentine Heart Attack’s
for my family.
They were tons of fun to create and even more fun to give!


I will be posting the cards and treat ideas to go with
They’re perfect for family, friends and neighbors
and they only take a few minutes to put together!

PLUCK…The Turkey!


This is a Thanksgiving Hangman

and a great way to get pre-teens and teens

involved in the day’s activities.

You have to use words that have to do with this

specific holiday.

(OK…you don’t have to, but it’s definitely more fun!)

Instead of slowly hanging a stick figure,

you will be plucking the turkey.

If you guess the word before all your feathers are gone…


If NOT…You’re the Thanksgiving Dinner!

Above is a picture of the word card.

This page is laminated so that dry erase markers can be used.

Here’s the Plucked Turkey:

Here are His Feathers:

The Game Also Comes With An Instruction Card:

The PDF prints out to be an 11″x17″

so it can be used in larger groups.

I also did a smaller version so that you can

print it from home.

Here is the 11″x17″ PDF file:

Here’s the 8″x10″ PDF:

Good Luck!

Spooky Fun! – Halloween Scavenger Hunt

I’m a serious fan of

Scavenger Hunts, especially

SpOoKy Halloween hunts!

My mom always did greatest scavenger hunts for us

when we were growing up.

She’s just the neatest lady . . . EVER!

Here’s the Scavenger Hunt I came up with

hopefully it will be as fun as hers!

It comes with an instruction card.

Here are a couple fun things you can do with this game:

You can divide into 2 teams and race each other.

The first one back with all of the items . . . WINS!

You can do a clue a day to count down to the

12 Days to Halloween.

Each day when the kids come home from school

give them a new item to find.

It can be hidden in the house or in the yard.

For Younger Children:

I hide the clues in my house and yard.

For Teens and Adults:

The possibilities are endless!

This is a waaaaay fun game for couples!!!!!

Here’s the Instruction Card:

You can have players find the items you’ve hidden,

or you can just let them be creative and see what they

come up with.

Everyone will vote on the best match to the card

to see which team wins!

(I love this way!)

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

Card #4

Card #5

Card #6

Card #7

Card #8

Card #9

Card #10

Card #11

Card #12

Card #13

Card #14

Card #15

Card #16

Card #17

Card #18

Card #19

Bonus Card:

For this card, you can make a dinner in a pumpkin

and have it waiting in the oven!

Here’s the PDF:

Just print, cut and laminate!

I hope you have a much fun on your

Scavenger Hunt

as I always do on mine!

Tricia’s Thursdays – My Gospel Standards

This is a fun memory game that will help to


your primary aged children

to follow the Gospel Standards!

(We even have it in Spanish for you too!)

Our ultimate goal is for our children to always be


By teaching these important standards by


we can know that we did our part.

My Gospel Standards Are:

I Will . . .

Follow Heavenly Father’s Plan for Me!

I Will . . .

Remember my Baptismal Covenants and Listen to the Holy Ghost.

I Will . . .

Choose the Right!  I know that when I make mistakes, I can repent.

I Will . . .

Be Honest with Heavenly Father, Myself, and Others.

I Will . . .

Use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Reverently.

I Will . . .

Do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly and Jesus Christ.

I Will . . .

Honor my parents, and do my part to strengthen my family.

I Will . . .

Keep my mind and body Sacred and Pure!  I will not partake of things that are harmful to me.

I Will . . .

Dress Modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and Myself.

I Will . . .

Only Read and Watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I Will . . .

Listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I Will . . .

Seek Good Friends and treat others kindly.

I Will . . .

Live Now to be Worthy to go to the Temple and do my part to have an Eternal Family.

Here’s the PDF:

My Gospel Standards

Here’s the Spanish Version PDF:

My Gospel Standards Spanish

To Make This Project You Will Need To:

Print the PDF

(I printed mine on Crack-n-Peel)

Cut out each of the cards.

Cut cardstock a little larger than the printed cards.

I used white cardstock, but black would also be cute.

(This will help to make the game more sterdy.)

Each cards will have a front and a back.

Attach the cards to the cardstock.

Laminate the cards and you’re ready to play!

This game is a


to your

Conference Kit!

We also added a poster in 8.5×11 Size and 11×17 Size that your girls can use to put up in their rooms.  The boy one will be coming soon as well!

My Gospel Standards 8.5×11 Poster

My Gospel Standards 11×17 Poster

Tricia Thursday – Toddler Charts

Now that the older kids

are in school and



It’s time for Toddler Bootcamp!

The word “Bootcamp” is mostly for the mom’s

because raising a toddler takes a lot of work!

If you have a toddler you know they are BUSY little people

and very curious, to say the least.

“Terrible Two’s” is phrase you hear often when

you have a todder, and the “Three’s” are often filled with

the same adventures.

They want to know how everything works,

what it feels like,

and how to do new things.

This curiousity and desire to learn is what

gets them into a little trouble sometimes.

I LOVE to be around toddlers. They actually want to be

wherever you are . . . doing whatever you are doing.

They love to work

and they still think they’re parents are COOL!

To them JOBS are like a game or a new adventure


they get to try something new, and once they have

learned a new skill . . . it’s fun to see

their self-esteem blossom!

This chore system is perfect for training.

They can see the pictures and they can even pretend to read them.

Each chore picture says, “I CAN . . . “

and then it will show the picture as well as the word for the action

followed by the words “CAN YOU?”

They get so excited when they can answer, “YES!”

Have your toddler pick some of the jobs he or she would like to do.

I use anywhere from 5-10 cards at a time

depending on the child’s age.



(I think they’re are about 40 different chore options!)

The great thing is that they fit into the child’s hands and can be

carried with them from job to job.

When my boys where younger,

I would point to the words,

“I Can”

and have my boys “read” them out loud.

They began to recognize the words

even if they couldn’t actually read at the time.

Then they would see the picture and say what it was.

They loved pretending to read the big words at the bottom!

(That was back in the old days . . . now days, they’re born reading!)

No Pressure!!!

To Make the Toddler Charts

You Will Need:

To print the PDF.

Cut into individual cards.

Laminate the cards.

Punch a hole in the top of the cards.

You will also need to purchase a “C-Ring”

to keep the pictures together.

That’s it . . . the rest of the work has been done for you!

Boy Toddler Chart Packet

Girl Toddler Chart Packet

Remember to work along side your toddlers.

They will love the extra attention!

It’s the perfect time to


We created this artwork “JUST FOR YOU!”

For personal use in your OWN HOME ONLY and NOT

for RESALE . . . It’s got our copyright!

If you would like to share, please refer them to THIS blog!

Thank My Peeps!

Preparedness Project – Travel Bag!

Today’s Preparedness Project is

Fast, Easy, and A Favorite for the Kids . . .

as well as the Parents!

It’s a Travel Bag!

The contents of this bag could make

all the difference when you travel.

No more threats of pulling over,

or complaints of someone touching someone else.

Can you imagine the travel part of your trip actually being

one of the highlights?!?

Here’s What’s Inside of My Bags:


Disposable Camera

Colored Pencils




Glow Bands



(I use Starbursts because it takes little fingers longer to open them.)

Beef Jerky

Fruit Leather or Fruit Snacks

Small Mile Marker Gifts

Car Bucks

Travel Games

Here’s the Alphabet Search PDF:

Alphabet Search

and the Alphabet Word Game:

Alphabet Word Game

and a

Mini Photo Album with Destination Facts and Photos.

Just for FuN . . .

Some of the items in my bag have been wrapped

and are going to be used as mile marker rewards.

I found a couple of different options for you to use for

your kids travel bag.

Canvas Totes

(11×8.5″ Canvas Totes 4 Pack for $6.99)

I got mine at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s

They come in all of my KiDs Colors . . . Love That!

I found every color but orange.


Small Craft Organizer

I found mine at Walmart for around $7.00

They hold the same amount, but craft organizer does have

some FuN PoCkEts!

This is how they all turned out . . .

Soooo FuN!

I’m going to be putting together a

Sunday Bag using the Canvas Bags.

Here’s the Travel Bag PDF:

Travel Bags

The License Plates can be Personalized!

I’ve included 3 pages of color options for YOU in the PDF.