I have only been in Young Women’s now for 1 week and I love it already!!!! There is so much girl stuff I get to do and create and have fun with. WOW!!!! Plus girls camp!!!!! I am in heaven.
Our Presidency wanted to do something a little bit different for birthdays so we decided on a yard sign. So far, the reception by the girls has been fun. We even included the leaders in it to. When it’s their birthday, their leader puts up this sign in their yard, very early in the morning. We use a black permanent marker to write their name below the Happy Birthday wish. (This sign has been laminated so that we can erase the marker using rubbing alcohol.) It’s so fun to recognize, with such a simple small thing, each girl as their birthdays come around.
We made sure each group had their own sign. The counselor and advisor designated between themselves who would be responsible for putting it up each time. I even snuck in a leaders birthday, yesterday, and she loved it. I just called one of the other Presidency to go put it in her yard.
Remember, the point is to have fun and recognize each girl individual ON their birthday, in a simple and fun way.
(I used Katie Castillo’s Just So Scrappy – Happy Days Digital Scrapbook Elements along with background papers that I can’t quite place yet. The pictures I got somewhere off the web.)
(I printed these as a 12×18 size, but the file is an 11×17 PDF.)
. . . 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
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
(This one is more like Tic Tac Toe, but the little one’s won’t know!)
It’s perfect for short attention spans!
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
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
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 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!
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
The other side will have two of each of the other pictures
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
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:
I know many people are supper excited about the new vampire movie out. I was too until I saw some previews that made me realize that is one movie I WILL NOT see.
Kids-in-mind gives you an great example as to why and what content it has in it. I have included a link below. The movie has a rating of a 6 in Sexuality/Nudity and an 8 in Violance/Gore. My husband once said to me, “Wow, it sure sounds a lot worse when you read it in words.” (That was when I was reading the content on a movie that was rated at a 4 in Sexuality/Nudity.)
I think the reality of it is that we have become so desensitized to it visually, that we do not think anything of it now. It’s become the norm to expect such things in movies, and it’s “just what we have to put up with now if we want to go see a movie.” Each person needs to make their own decision, but I am reminded of Elder Jeffery R. Holland’s conference talk, from this past conference that I read, to all the Young Men, “We are at war, and the morality of this world is under attack.”
I ask, why should it be any different for Young Women as well??? Why should we teach them, through movies, that certain behavior is OK to view because it’s just a movie? Why should we teach them that just because they read a book, it is OK to see the movie without having a discerning eye towards things that are against morality?
Elder M. Russell Ballard reminds us that:
We can live in the world, brothers and sisters, without letting the world into us. We have the gospel message that can carry men and women buoyantly through the “mist of darkness” (1 Ne. 8:23) to the source of all light. We can raise children who have been taught to discern and to make personal righteous decisions.
I think it is too easy to forget that we ARE at war. As Elder Holland said:
“Number one, Satan, or Lucifer, or the father of lies—call him what you will—is real, the very personification of evil. His motives are in every case malicious, and he convulses at the appearance of redeeming light, at the very thought of truth. Number two, he is eternally opposed to the love of God, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the work of peace and salvation. He will fight against these whenever and wherever he can. He knows he will be defeated and cast out in the end, but he is determined to take down with him as many others as he possibly can.”
I have included links to 2 talks that going along with this subject so well. Read, study, and pray how it can be applied to your family and your life, then share these with your family this coming Monday for FHE. Watch for my added FREEBIE to this post on Sunday to help you with your FHE lesson.
I have included a few freebies that you can choose to use or not, it’s up to you. I thought it might be nice to have them in a photo frame somewhere on display for the week, but please use them according to what your family might need.
Ballard Quote 4×6 Size
This is a perfect follow up to the post I did at the beginning of the week. Step 9 is all about team work! Together Everyone Accomplishes More!! This is especially apparent in the summer because all of your little ones are home spending more time together. 🙂
There are a ton of ways to get your family involved with helping around the house. Remember it is important to change things up now and then. Doing the same thing day in and day out will get monotonous for your children and you may have trouble motivating them. If you feel like you are struggling, make a change and see if it works. There are all kinds of charts out there. We are attaching a couple for you to try.
Hopefully the attached video will be helpful as well. If you don’t make organizing and cleaning a family responsibility you will end up feeling like the martyr and that is never much fun!! Make sure you hold a family meeting to get everyone on board. Good luck!
First of all, did you know that there really is such a thing as a money tree? Really, I googled it, just to see. Now if it only grew money that would be awesome!!!!! Here is what a full grown one looks like.
Alas, stepping back into reality, lets talk about jobs for your children.
Jobs for children are valuable because they teach responsibility and money management, but they can also be a lot of fun. After all, what kids don’t want to earn some extra money to buy their favorite toy or video game?
Children are never too young to learn the value of money and the responsibility that comes along with it. Usually around the age of five, kids start understanding what money is and how it is used. There are several jobs that can teach these lessons as well, helping them earn a few extra bucks along the way.
The following is a small list of ideas you can use for your Extra Money Job List. Post it on the fridge or some other central location where it is always visible to everyone. Have the kids print their name on the line next to the job when they have accomplished it. You can sign your initials when you have approved the completion of the job. Remember, DO NOT write down a job you are unwilling to inspect. Nothing can be more frustrating to a child when their parent(s) are unwilling to follow through with what they said. You can actually loose trust and dependability in their eyes and in turn become known as a liar in their young minds.
- Play with the children for a few hours so Mom/Dad can clean or get other work done
- Help with light household chores including laundry, dishes or vacuuming
- Prepare easy meals
- Help sort through or rotate toys and books
- Wash Cars
- Cleaning old leaves from plants
- Raking, sweeping or bagging up the trimmings for trash collection
- Sweeping outside porches or patios
- Be a clown for a small child’s birthday party
- Mop the floor
- Clean out the garage
- Wash the windows
- Spot wash the walls
- Wash the baseboards
- Clean up the toys outside
- Oil the wood
- Clean and vacuum out the vehicles
- Help a younger child organize their toys
- Clean out the window tracks
- Wash the blinds
- Wash the window screens
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Wash, fold and put away a load of YOUR laundry.
- Clean out the pantry
- Clean up the dog poop around the yard
There is no set rate a child should be paid to do some work. Compensation should always be discussed with the parents and should reflect the type of job that was performed. This would also be a good time to teach your child about the value of money and starting a savings account.
Whatever you decide, make sure you have a family council if you are going to start implementing extra money job lists. Have all the expectations spelled out clearly and have everyone sign the rules stating they have been informed of and are in agreement to the requirements needed to be accomplished if they wish to earn extra money.
The sheet I have included can be used as an extra incentive for your family. It’s a great way to get those really “fun” jobs accomplished that no one wants to do. Assign what amount each job pays and watch how fast your kids work if they need any extra money! Regular family responsibilities must be completed before kids can do extra money jobs.
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!