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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. 😉

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St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Two years ago, we published some really great ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  This year we want to do something a little different.

What, if any, celebration traditions do you do with your family, friends, classrooms, etc?

For everyone who leaves a comment on something they LOVE to do, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Mother’s Day Coupon book.  You can choose from the youth, teenager, spouse, or friend series.

Just think, you could be preparing WAAAAAAAYYYY in advance, if you won!

Here is a link to our past post on ideas: Lucky Leprechaun Strikes Again

On the left of this blog there is a link for March.  Click that and you will see all our past ideas and even some freebies in there too.

THANK YOU Jessica for your wonderful comment. You inspired me to create a small thing for everyone.  So, as following Jessica’s explanation, here is a Lucky the Leprechaun for you to use.  (This is the Lucky that Tricia originally created.)  There are two different sizes to choose from.  Print it out and laminate, then hide Lucky somewhere kooky in your house.  Whoever happens to find him gets to choose where he hides next.  I am sure your family will come up with some pretty weird places to hide him! 🙂

Find Lucky Game Pieces

FHE – Where is it in the Scriptures?

The children are studying the scriptures this year in primary.  They have been learning about the standard works.  What are the standard works?  What books are included in the standard works?  Where are certain scripture stories found?  All of these questions will be answered in their studies in primary this year.  The very first lesson in the manual for the senior primary discussed what each book in the standard works is and what they contain.  Here is an outline:

Opening Song:  Scripture Power  ( You can find it here – http://lds.org/cm/display/0,17631,6506-1,00.html)

Opening Prayer:

Scripture:  Mark 12:24  Why would it be an error to not know the scriptures?  Why are they important?

Lesson:

Start by asking what the scriptures are.  Discuss what the word Standard Works means.

In The Guide to the Scriptures found on LDS.org the following definitions are found:

Standard Works is defined as:  A recognized, authoritative collection of sacred books. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the canonical books are called the standard works and include the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

Scriptures are defined as:  Words, both written and spoken, by holy men of God when moved upon by the Holy Ghost. The official canonized scriptures of the Church today consist of the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Jesus and the writers of the New Testament regarded the books of the Old Testament as scripture (Matt. 22:29John 5:392 Tim. 3:152 Pet. 1:20–21).

Why is it important that we teach from the scriptures?  The scriptures were written by prophets.  They are the word of God.  He wants us to return to live with Him.  In order to do that we must make the right choices.  To know which choices are right we must study His words and follow His example.

Which books are in the Standard Works?

The Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price.  What is the purpose of each book?  Who wrote them and who are the stories about?

The Old Testament was written before the birth of Jesus Christ.  It testifies that he would be born and tells the stories of those that lived before His time.

The New Testament tells of His life here on earth and what happened following His death.  By reading the New Testament we can become better acquainted with our Savior.  We can learn from His example and gain a testimony that He lived and that He lives today.

The Book of Mormon was written about those on the American Continent both before the birth of the Savior, during His life and following His resurrection.

The Pearl of Great Price tells us of our premortal existence, of the purpose of our life here on earth as well as our potential in the life to come.  You can also find Joseph Smith History in the Pearl of Great Price.

* It is important that children learn where these books are in the standard works and why they are so important.

Activity:

Start by looking up the beginning of each book.  Show them where they are and talk about the books that are in them.   Then use the article I listed above.  Print out the very last page.  You will need a copy for each child.  Do the coloring activity.  Even older children would benefit from the discussion that will come as you do this activity.  They can either color their own or help their younger siblings.  See if they know all the answers! 🙂  As you go through each story and decide which book it is in, discuss again what that books teaches us.  For example, Nephi and the broken bow is found in the Book of Mormon.  The Book of Mormon took place before, during and after the Savior’s life.  It teaches of the people on the American Continent.  This story happened before the birth of the Savior.

Go through each story and where it written.  Discuss how important it is to be familiar with the scriptures.  You may want to have your older children look up the story so they can show the family where it is located.

Bear testimony of the scriptures and the importance of studying them each day.  Tell your children you will be studying each one of the stories in detail in future Family Home Evenings so they can be more familiar with the teachings of the scriptures.

Closing Prayer

Treat

For the next few weeks study each one of the stories listed on the activity.  It is so important to teach our children from the scriptures even if they are very young.  Kids of all ages love stories!

FHE – The Living Christ part 3

I hope it is going well for your family!  My older boys and I are doing pretty well. 🙂  We have had some great discussions about the Savior and why His life was so important.  Here is week 3 and an outline for tonight!

The Living Christ Part 3

Opening Song:  Tell Me the Stories of Jesus or another favorite

Opening Prayer:

Scripture:  1 John 5:20

Lesson/Activity:  Go over last week’s lesson and memorize it.  Begin memorizing this week and talk about each picture.

1.  He walked the roads of Palestine:  People sought the Savior from all over.  They had heard how he could heal the sick and had faith that he could do so.  The Savior healed many people during his ministry.

2.  Causing the blind to see:  Tell the story in the picture – Talk about how the man was able to see his child for the first time.

3.  And raising the dead:  Tell the story of Lazarus – He was dead for 3 days and Jesus raised him again.

4.  He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our pre-mortal existence – We lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus before we came to this earth.  We chose to come here to get a body and live in a family.

5. The purpose of our life on earth:  We are here to live in families and learn the gospel.  We will make mistakes and learn from them so that we can be better people.  We are preparing to live for eternity with Heavenly Father.

6.  And the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come:  If we make good choices we will be able to become like Heavenly Father and create worlds of our own.  He wants us to return to live with Him again.

7.  He instituted the sacrament as a reminder of His great atoning sacrifice:  We take the sacrament every week to remember Him and our covenants that we made a baptism.

If your children are older you can go into more detail.  This is a great opportunity to talk about the plan of salvation and the reason we take the sacrament every week.  It is also a good time to point out that we should be worthy to take the sacrament every week.  We should be striving to do what is right and repentant if necessary when we are taking the sacrament.

Bear your testimony and encourage them to keep going – it will be worth it when they can recite the entire thing or at least parts they remember to you!

Closing Prayer

Treat

FHE – The Living Christ Part 1

As I was reading the Ensign the other morning (yes, I actually did pick it up and read it this month – yeah for me!), I discovered an article that really hit me.  It is found on page 8 of the September 2010 Ensign.  It is titled “Bringing Christ into Our Home”.  In the article Sister Cynthia Green shares her experience of memorizing “The Living Christ”.  She talks about how it affected her and then how she went on to teach it to her family.  I have been inspired!  Thank you so much Sister Green.  I have decided to challenge myself and my family to memorize “The Living Christ”.

I do have young children (my oldest are 10) but I think they are much more capable of this goal than I am!  I have decided that even if we don’t all memorize it, we will be talking about it and learning about Jesus Christ and inviting the spirit of the Holy Ghost into our home.  Hopefully it will be an experience that we will always remember and it will help all of our testimonies to grow.

I have separated “The Living Christ” into pieces and put pictures that go with it to help us all remember it (if you don’t have the Gospel Art Kit or the new picture kit put out by the church, I encourage you to go get one – it is one of the greatest teaching tools I have encountered!).  Each Monday for family night we will start a new section.  I have posted this Monday’s section along with the corresponding pictures just in case you are up for the challenge!  You will find that we plan to take it slow – mostly for my sake!  Find the picture that you would like to use (I have listed an idea for you) and attach the words to the picture.  Then hang them up where everyone will see them often during the week and repeat it together at least once everyday (meal time, before family prayer or during scripture study are all good times).

As I have watched general conference and felt the spirit in our home, I have realized that we need to be doing more.  Memorizing “The Living Christ” will give my children an opportunity to learn about Him every day and to remember Him in all we do.  I plan to post the pictures on my pantry door so that we can look at every morning as we eat breakfast.  Is there a better way to start your day than by talking about the Savior?  If you decide to take the challenge, good luck!  Let us know how it goes and if you have any suggestions.

Family Home Evening Outline:

Opening Song:  I Believe in Christ (the children learned this in primary) or Come Follow Me (they are learning this for the program this year)

Opening Prayer:

Scripture:  2 Nephi 25:26

Lesson:  Read The Living Christ.  Talk about why it is important and who wrote it.  Ask your children why they wrote it.  Prayerfully think about what you should share with them as you talk about the testimony of our living prophets of our Savior.

Activity:  Present your challenge to memorize “The Living Christ”.  Talk about the reward they will get in the end (you can do an actual reward or discuss how it will make their testimony grow).  Show them the pictures and explain why you chose them.  Begin memorizing and then choose a place to post the pictures for the week.  Discuss ways to meet your goal as a family (i.e., when you will repeat it daily, small rewards for completing the weekly assignment, etc.)

The Living Christ

Closing prayer:

Treat:

FHE – Family Council

I hope you are having a fabulous holiday weekend!  August was a little crazy for us.  Getting ready for school, back to school night, and starting school (and all that comes with that!) has been very busy.  I hope you and your kids are back into the swing of things at your house.  Now is a great time to start Family Council back up if you have let it go for the summer like we have. 🙂  With hectic schedules starting back up it is important for everyone in the family to be on the same page.  I’m finding with our sports, activities, school and homework we are needing to set some ground rules!

I am attaching Family Council Sheets for you to use as a reference for your family council meetings.  Begin by setting rules for your family council.  Let everyone know this is their BIG chance to participate in making decisions, setting the schedule and having a say in what your family does.  Each family member should feel important and like they have a voice at family council.  This is also a great time to set some goals for the month.  I suggest having family council AT LEAST once a month.  Having a calendar session every Monday before you begin family home evening could also be very helpful in keeping everyone on track.  You can also hold family council on Sunday if that works better for your family.

Always begin and end family council with a prayer.  The first Monday of every month could be designated Family Council night.  You may want to add a spiritual thought or family activity as well.  Even just having a game night following the meeting will bring your family closer together.  When having family council take the opportunity to teach your children.  Concerns may come up that will be a great teaching opportunity.  Don’t miss out on these.  Make sure you take the opportunity to praise your family for good things that have happened since the last family council.  Give everyone the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings on what is good about your family and what is working.   Set goals and follow through.  Family council can be a very powerful teaching tool.  It is a great opportunity to share your testimonies, to be positive with your children (sometimes I feel like all I do is nag!), and to set some goals for improvement.  Family Council is a great place for your family to reconnect.  Life is so busy make the most out of Monday nights!

Here is a fabulous article from the church on Family Council:   Family Council Article

FHE – For the Strength of Youth – Friends

The older my kids get the more I discover how important this topic is.  Friends can influence our children so much.  If our children can make good friends it helps them make the right decisions.  This Family Home Evening lesson can be given in several different ways.  I have outlined several ideas to pick and choose from depending on the age of your children.  I have attached the lesson as well as a matching game that you can use for younger children.  There are a couple of good articles to read and opportunities to share some of your experiences.  I think our own personal experiences in making the right choice can be a powerful lesson for our children.  Sometimes they don’t realize that we know how they feel because a lot of the time we have been there. 🙂  It does look long but it doesn’t have to be – just pick and choose.  My children only have a short attention span so we tend to make it quick and to the point but if you have older children this may be a topic that you want to discuss in depth.  Just pray about what you should share and let the spirit guide you. 🙂

For the Strength of Youth – Friends

http://www.mormonshare.com/lds-clipart/friendship-matching-game

For the matching game go to the above website and print out two copies to make it a game or just use the cute pictures when you discuss what qualities a good friend would have.  Thanks to mormonshare.com for the cute graphics!

Fun Friday – New Summer ideas!

Are you starting to hear the words “I’m bored”?  I would be hearing them if it wasn’t illegal at my house.  If you dare to say those two little words, you get a whole list of things you can do (and they aren’t always fun, just needed!).  However, I do understand as a mom that at this point we have had several days off and have experimented and tried just about everything.  So in order to beat summer boredom now that it is blazing hot outside, I have put together some Summer Fun Cards.  I have included my ideas as well as a blank one that you can write your own on.  My ideas are from the Salt Lake and Ogden areas.  I have included free ideas, places that cost money, as well as some fun things you can do at home.  Some of the ideas take a little preparation so you may want to be ready for that and some are just easy and fun like having a car wash!

You can separate them into “cost” and “no cost” so that you can decide what you want to do that day or “travel” and “no travel”.  You can set rules such as you can only pick once out of the jar and then you get to go do that activity or let them have a couple of chances to pick what they want (maybe 2 or 3).  You may want to only throw in what you are willing to do that day and let them pick from those items.  No matter how you choose to do it, it will give you some fun ideas and something to answer the “Mom, I’m bored what can we do?” question with!

Here you go, have fun!

Summer Fun Activities – Blank

Summer Fun Activities 1

Summer Fun Activities 2

Summer Fun Activities 3

I would love to hear about how this works or doesn’t work for you.  I would also love to hear about your outings and what you put on the blank ones.

I think it’s a lot of fun to share ideas.  Sometimes we need to think outside the box and in order to do that we need to connect with other moms!

FHE – For the Strength of Youth – Family

Opening Song:  Families Can be Together Forever

Opening Prayer

Scripture:  Read from the Proclamation (the portion at the top of the Family section in For the Strength of Youth pamphlet) then read the Family section in For the Strength of Youth

Discussion:   Talk about what makes a happy family.   Ask:  How can you do your part to build a happy home?  Is our home happy?  When is it happy? (when we are kind and considerate of others)  When is it unhappy?  (when we are selfish and unkind to others)    Talk about what it means to respect your parents.  Ask:  How do you show respect?  (help when you are asked, participate in family activities with a positive attitude)

Activity:

Principles to Make our Family Happy

Application:  Talk about your summer schedule.  Explain what your expectations are each day and have everyone agree to pitch in.  Explain that if everyone helps out in the morning they will have all afternoon to play and have fun.  Being part of family includes showing respect and helping out around the house.  Have them sign the T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) committing to being a member of the Family Team!

TEAM

Closing Prayer

Treat :  You can eat the treats you made during cooking time today if you used the job chart I created! 🙂  If you didn’t have cooking time make a quick treat together before Family Home Evening so you can eat it when you are finished.  My kids love to make chocolate chip cookies together!

FHE – An Attitude of Gratitude!

Is today Tuesday?  My husband decided to stay home from work yesterday and my whole day was thrown off as we worked on his projects.  Unfortunately, that meant my Family Home Evening idea is, as they say, “a day late and a dollar short”!  Hopefully, you can use this idea for a future Family Home Evening.

My husband has decided (and I totally agree) that we don’t say “Thank You” enough in our family.  It’s easy to point out what others are doing wrong and of course, let them know!  It’s hard as parents to look for the positive and appreciate what your children ARE doing and not getting after them for what they aren’t doing.  My children are quick to “tattle” or easily ask for favors, but don’t always appreciate what they have and what others do for them.

Our recent Family Home Evening was about showing gratitude for others.  We have a challenge this week to see how many times a person can say, “Thank You”!  Hopefully, we are learning to have a new attitude in our home!

An Attitude of Gratitude