Category Archives: Holidays & Traditions

Pin the Kiss on Cupid

I was sooooo excited to create this little game from Tricia’s way cute Cupid.  I think your children will love being able to put the Kiss on Cupid.  Play it the same way you would any game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  Have fun this week and enjoy your children. Extra Hugs and Kisses makes a world of difference, even if they act like they don’t want them. 😉

Pin the Kiss on Cupid Large e-mail view

Pin the Kiss on Cupid PDF file (12×18) size

Valentine’s Day Bingo for Kindergarten – 2nd grade

Kisses and Hugs!!!!  

Isn’t that a great name for a Bingo game? I think so.  This is a great idea for your younger school age children to be able to play in their classroom.  Tricia made all the graphics and design on this one when she made her Be Mine Bingo game for older children.  I am in charge of my Kindergarten age child Valentine’s Day party and I really wanted to play the Bingo game but new it would be too hard if I used the Be Mine version.  So I made a 4×4 square size that would be perfect for those cutie pies.

Since I always print my stuff at Alphagraphics, Madison has introduced me to a FABULOUS product called Duraflex.  It has saved me time and money.  It reminds of me thin credit card paper.  I can print my stuff on this and I don’t have to laminate it afterwards.  Now who doesn’t want to save a step of preparation? I do!!!  I have started to print all my games on this and I am in heaven.  It doesn’t tear and you can get it wet without your ink being ruined.  Really, are you in heaven yet too?  The only time I am going to laminate that stuff, and you can, is if I want to write on it with dry erase markers or permanent markers.  Then I laminate it so I can have that effect, otherwise you will ruin it because the marker will not come off Duraflex, even with rubbing alcohol.

Believe me . .

I tested it for myself.

Learn from my mistake.

So, in case any of you would like to try it as well, I have included a PDF specifically for that purpose.  The sheets come in 12×18 size and that is what the file is formatted for.

We also have a post on creating a Heart Attack Door for your loved ones and many other fun ideas.  Check out our February category for more.

Enjoy! Have fun and don’t forget your thank you’s.  😉

Card #1 Large e-mail view

Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 8.5×11 PDF

Cards 13-16 Large e-mail view

Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 5×7 PDF

Duraflex Bingo Kisses Page 1 Large e-mail view

Duraflex Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 5×7 PDF

Duraflex Kisses and Hugs Cards 1-2 Large e-mail view

Duraflex Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 8.5×11 PDF

(Coming soon)

Teacher Appreciation Ideas for a Theme – YOU are INCREDIBLE!!!

Bulletin Board PDF File

(Pre-note: All the files I created, I printed through Alphagraphics in Bountiful.  Grant, the owner, was exceptional to work with and I never print anywhere else.   Also, I will include all the PDF’s later today after I work on this year’s Teacher Appreciation, I am in charge of, that comes in just under 2 weeks.  A different theme with loads of fun that I will  post about next year.  Lots of files to finish making and details to go over.  Each picture you see on here will have a PDF file to go along with it.  Each file is press quality.  None of that grainy stuff.  I am a print snob.)

Eagle Bay Elementary Teachers and Staff are INCREDIBLE!!!!  They really are.  Back in 2009, because of circumstances beyond the person’s control, and with less than 2 weeks to the event, Teacher/Staff Appreciation had no one in charge of it.  I decided that being PTA Treasurer was a cushy job (LOL!!!) and that I could head up this event with no problem.  I wanted to create a theme that was fun, easy to work with, and had endless possibilities.  Somewhere on the internet, (I don’t remember as it was 3 years ago) I found someone’s post on a blog that showed they had used The Incredibles when they decorated their Teacher’s Door.  As soon as I saw that, the ideas started flying and what you see is the result of my imagination and love for the Teachers and Staff.

This is a sample of what the door kits I made looked like.  I made sure to make the kits ahead of time, so that it was a simple task of just hanging them up.  It is easier to get people to volunteer to hang up door kits than it is to get them to volunteer to come up with an idea all by themselves and then put it up.

Instructions PDF File

Isn’t it cool that we can find just about any font we want on the internet now?  The have an Incredibles font which I used to make these signs.  There are some that I made specific to individuals, all the rest had this.

Our Teacher is Incredible PDF

This is the Pow that was used to put behind the teachers to get the more super hero affect.  It was cute.

Pows PDF file

I created a special poem to the teachers and used it for their doors.  These are my true feelings of how much I love teachers.  Growing up in a divorced family, I stayed after school a lot and was the teacher’s helper.  In Elementary, I would stay after school and go around to the different teachers to see if they needed my help.  I grew to love them and their kindness towards me influenced my decision that I wanted to be a teacher someday.  This poem is from my viewpoint of what I saw growing up from Elementary through High School.  My favorite High School teacher, Mrs. Thompson, became a really great mentor to me and even gave me her clothes she didn’t want anymore, which I LOVED!!!  You have to understand that all the girls in high school, even the popular ones, which I was NOT a part of, envied her.  The reason?  She NEVER wore the same outfit to school twice.  EVER!!!  They even kept track of it one year, which I thought was hilarious.  That is how many cute and stylish clothes she had.  Then you had me, whose mother didn’t have a lot of money and we did our shopping at the D.I., which didn’t bother me at all but I got teased incessantly about it from those popular girls.  I think I had even purchased one of their outfits one time and they knew it. (I realize this is becoming a extrememly long side note, but it’s important to my feelings on teachers. )  So, back to the story, my Senior year, Mrs. Thompson approached me and asked if I would like to have her clothes she wasn’t using anymore.  Imagine, if you possibly can, my thrill and excitement that I would get her clothes and that I would get to wear them at school, AND that those same girls who teased me, who wanted her clothes, would KNOW they were Mrs. Thompsons!!!!  The irony was beyond my wildest imagination.  She was an AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, kind hearted, and caring teacher, whom I love and I am still in contact with today.  Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for your kindness towards one girl, and for making my life a little bit better my Senior year because of your thoughtful act of charity towards me.

Teacher Poem PDF file

I made this sign for the bottom of the door as a signature that this was from the students in their class.

Dashes and Violets PDF file

For each Teacher/Staff person I made them into either a Mrs. Incredible or a Mr. Incredible.  All the women loved that they looked skinny and tall . . .

. . . and all the guys loved that they looked buff and super strong.

We had a number of teachers who were pregnant or who had just had a baby, so on their doors I included a little Jack Jack.  All the rest of the doors had just the teacher or teachers who were in that classroom.

Jack Jack PDF file

For the Principal, Vice Principal, Secretaries, Custodians, Lunch Ladies, and all Specialist, I made their signs more individualized.

I thought it would be cute and appropriate to have our Principal, Mrs. Wade be the lady who seemed to be in charge of all the Super Heros, well, at least their clothing for sure.  Mrs. Wade LOVED it!

I always like to include the Officer who works with our school when I do these things.  Officer Winkleman thought this was the neatest thing he had ever seen and couldn’t recall a time he was ever included in the Teacher/Staff Appreciation week.  Don’t forget your Officer who works so closely with the kids!!

Attached to the thank you gift of movie tickets to the Kaysville Theatre, we had the little thank you note as seen below.

Thank you notes PDF file

On the Wednesday, while the teachers were off having some free time to themselves, I had a helper in each room come in and help the students fill out a paper telling the Teachers and Staff why the students thought they were Incredible.  We put them together and gave them to the teachers and staff the next day.  A copy of it will be pictured below.

Our Teacher is Incredible Student Notes PDF

PLEASE REMEMBER that I worked hard on these and to direct people back to my blog.  Please do not re-post onto your own. Thank you for respecting the creativity and copyright.

Wedding Advice Printable

I had a friend approach me in my ward asking if I could help her create something for an upcoming wedding she has a part in.  Of course, I LOVE to create anything so I said yes.  Thought I would share the idea with you since it was sooooooooo cute.  Her friend/relative is having an old vintage library themed wedding and she wanted to have vintage library checkout cards available for people to write their advice on.  Here is what I came up with.  ENJOY!!!!

Vintage Library Card Wedding Advice

Christmas Bingo Pre-School Version!!!

. . . BiNgO . . .

Is One Of Our FaVoRiTe Holiday Traditions!

Our family has enjoyed these creations for a couple of years now.

Below are links to our posts from the past on this game,

and then below that is a new version that Tricia

and I created together for your cute

little pre-schoolers and those a little bit older than

pre-school age.

The Silent Night Bingo is perfect for

Family Home Evening and Family Parties.

The Jingo Bingo is perfect for School Parties.

Don’t forget to yell, JINGO instead of Bingo

when you win or it doesn’t count!

You will also be seeing a preschool version

of each!

Follow the…STAR

HO…HO…HO!

(This one is more like Tic Tac Toe, but the little one’s won’t know!)

It’s perfect for short attention spans!

Ho Ho Ho PDF

Ho Ho Ho Calling Cards

You have to say, “HO…HO…HO”…when you

get 3 in a row!

You have to yell the title of each game for it to count!

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
S WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT!
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 . . .
NO ONE MUST EVER KNOW,
just where their CHRISTMAS JAR came from,
or the next place it may go.
So we hope this year you’ll FILL YOUR JAR,
AND SEND IT ON IT’S WAY . . .
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
BLESS
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

 BEST PART OF ALL….

The Nativity Play

followed by our

Secret Santa Delivery

and an

All Night Hallmark Movie Marathon

Slumber Party with the boys!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!

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.

Instructions:

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

Halloween Fun – Where’s My Mummy?

Has anyone read Carolyn Crimi’s book “Where’s My Mummy?”  Cutest story ever!!!!!

After seeing this, a Halloween game idea popped into my head.  Using Tricia’s original Scavenger hunt characters and adding my creations of the the owl and the Little Mummy and Mommy Mummy, I came up with this new Halloween game idea.

(There are 23 individual cards in this game, however, you can make additional copies if you are using for a classroom setting.)

I can’t wait to print it and play it with my children!!!!  If you can get a copy of the book and read it to your children before you play the game, it brings it all together.  However, it’s not a requirement.  Let me know how it went with your family, classroom, or friends.  I would LOVE to know if they enjoyed playing it.

Where’s My Mummy Game Instructions

Little Mummy wanted to play one more game of Hide and Seek before he went to bed. While he counted, his Mummy hid. However, she hid so well Little Mummy couldn’t find her. He needs your help in this fun game of Hide and Seek.

Use one less card then there are players in the game.  Be sure the “Mummy” card is one of them.

Shuffle the cards and deal one card out to each person except for one.  The one without the card will hide the “Mummy” card for the person who is it.  The one who is dealt the “Mummy” card is considered Little Mummy. Be sure to take turns on who doesn’t get a card dealt to them.

Little Mummy must leave the room leaving his “Mummy” card behind for the person who doesn’t have a card to hide.  Everyone hides their card someplace in the room.  Little Mummy comes back into the room and starts to look for his “Mummy“.  Using the hot and cold method, everyone can call out to Little Mummy if he is hot or cold in finding his Mummy. The players who hid their card must try to trick Little Mummy into finding their card instead of finding his “Mummy”.  If they succeed in making Little Mummy find it, they get a treat from the candy bowl. Once their card is found they can try and lead Little Mummy to his “Mummy” before the he locates anymore of the other players cards.

The trick of the game for Little Mummy is trying to decide who is telling the truth and who is playing a trick on him! Once Little Mummy finds his “Mummy“, he gets a treat and the game starts over again.  This is a great game for a party, classroom party, or family Halloween fun!

Where’s My Mummy Game.pdf

It’s Summertime!

Summer is in full swing and I have to say I have been enjoying it!  Sorry I have been such a slacker but I don’t get much down time and I needed some! 🙂  Thanks to Valerie for all of her hard work getting everything transferred over.

I know it is a bit late for tips on summer structure but I’m going to throw some out there anyway!  We have been slumming around here the first couple of weeks of summer but we are craving a little bit of a routine.  My kids are getting older but that doesn’t mean they are getting more self driven and responsible.  Does that ever happen? 🙂

I have decided that this summer I am going to keep things simple.  No matter  the age of my kids, they all like lists!  They respond well when they know exactly what is expected of them and they can check things off as they go.  Here is my plan of attack this year:

First, I am going to list all of the jobs that I need done during the week (i.e., dust blinds, dust baseboards, wipe down doors, wipe down bathrooms, empty garbages, take the garbage out, wash windows, laundry, yard work, etc.) along with their daily chores (i.e., make bed, get dressed, pick up room, practice instrument, etc.).  Next, I will separate them out into days of the week.  For example, Monday we change the sheets and do laundry.  Tuesday we clean bathrooms and do some yard work.  Wednesday we dust furniture, blinds and do the vacuuming and so on.  Then I can separate the jobs out for each child.  Each child will receive their every day chores along with one or two extra chores.  I will put them on an index card with their name on it (one for each day of the week).  You can even laminate them if you want to reuse them each week.  This way they can check things off as they go and they know exactly what needs to be accomplished before play time!

I also like to keep their brains working.  Each day I have planned something for them to do along these lines.  Monday we will do some math, Tuesday we will work on scouts or Faith in God, Wednesday we will read a book out loud together, Thursday we will do more math and Friday we will have some kind of an outing (swimming, Dinosaur Park, Nature Center, etc.).

My kids do better with some kind of structure and I don’t lose my sanity!  I love summertime and the freedom it brings.  I love not having a set schedule that we can’t deviate from.   I love sleeping in now and then and having some lazy days too!  However, I have noticed that we need to have some structure to keep everyone happy.  That doesn’t mean that we can’t shake things up a bit now and then but at least we have some sort of a plan!

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  For an idea that I have used in the past check out this post:

Family Fun Summer Schedule

Happy Summer!! 🙂

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