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As much as I have loved activity days, all good things come to an end!  I have actually been released and am serving in YW now. I do have a few more activities and ideas to share. And I will be happy to keep things going here, but this is usually a collaborative effort and it's just been me for a few months. So I would LOVE to hear from any of you ladies who are interested in contributing and/or editing this blog!  Anyone? Anyone?  

Easter Activity Idea: Resurrection Rolls

image from cowboys 4 christ

Here is one more quick idea for an Easter themed Activity Day.  I like this one, because it is your activity and treat all in one!  This activity is making Resurrection Rolls, which are rolls which start out with a marshmallow in the center, and then, the marshmallow melts, and the roll is empty and hollow in the middle, representing the empty tomb.  While the rolls are baking, you have time to read the Easter story.  It's a great way to reinforce what Easter is all about!  So without further ado, here is the recipe:



Resurrection Rolls

Ingredients
can crescent roll dough
8 large marshmallows
melted butter
cinnamon sugar

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 and read John 19 while it's heating.
2. Roll out the dough and explain how it is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus' body in.
3. Explain how a marshmallow is like Jesus, pure and white without sin, and it represents his body.
4. Roll the marshmallow in the melted butter and then cinnamon sugar, representing the oils and spices they placed on Jesus' body before burying him.
5. Roll the marshmallow in the dough, pinching the edges shut. Explain how this is like wrapping Jesus' body in the cloth.
6. Put the rolls in the oven, or the tomb, for 12 min.
7. While they bake, read John 20:1-18.
8. When baked, open up the rolls to discover the marshmallow is gone, just like Jesus' body was gone from the tomb because he was resurrected.




You might even consider sending the girls home with their own Resurrection Rolls Kit, so they can do this activity with their own family!  Here is a printable version for you if you would like to do so!  

go HERE for printable pdf,

HAPPY EASTER!

Tami

Conference Roundup-Round 3 or whatever...

Just a few more quick and cute ideas that you could incorporate:
This is such a cute idea from mishmashmom.blogspot.com. You can view the post HERE.  She took the printables everyone created after conference and made mini copies.  Then, they were "preserved" in a jar for whenever her VT ladies needed a boost.  This could be a great way for the girls to remember main ideas from conference!  

This cute printable is made all to go on one sheet!  It is from lifesjourneytoperfection.blogspot.com and you can get the file HERE.  I love that it is mini and you could tie it up with a little bag of m&ms or whatever for their bingo game.  

This next activity is something that would work best with older girls, but they could definitely get the whole family involved.  It's Fantasy General Conference Brackets! 

You can go HERE for the 2014 version.
 I think it's a super cute and creative idea to keep the whole family engaged.  This would also be a great idea for YW.  


And another FABULOUS printable from courtneyaitken.blogspot.com.  This might be my new favorite!  You can get the pdf  HERE.  Have fun!  And enjoy this weekend!

Conference Roundup Spring 2014

I absolutely ADORE the website all things bright and beautiful, aka courtneyaitkenblogspot.com.  She designs the most amazing printables for YW and Primary and everything else.
from courtneyaitken.blogspot.com
This is one from last conference that I didn't see in time for the roundup.  Find it here.  I love it!  I think it would be super cute to hand out with some chocolate gold coins!  
from ldsnest.com

These printables are from LDS Nest and can be found at this link here.  You might want to use them with your older girls, because they are maybe geared more toward their age group.  They are available in both color and black and white. 
from ce.byu.edu

This cute idea is from BYU Women's Conference 2013.  They have a virtual sharing station you can view at this link here.  You would have to adapt this for the girls, sincesome of the steps are reading your patriarchal blessing, etc.  But the ideas are fun!  
from sugardoodle.net

Here is a terrific, as usual, packet from sugardoodle.  You can click on this link HERE to download the PDF.  
                                                                            
 from littleldsideas.blogspot.com
This is a superfun activity idea from little LDS ideas.  You could probably adapt it for an AD night, or put together a packet for the girls to do with their families, or use it as an after conference activity.  Either way, it involves ice cream.  I'm in.  Go HERE for the printables.

That's it for now.  I will keep an eye out for any other ideas.  Feel free to email or comment and share if you come across something or have a brilliant idea you want to share!  




Easter Activity: Resurrection Eggs


From momtheintern.blogspot.com
 Easter is only a few weeks away.  We live here in the south.  You can find Resurrection Eggs everywhere here.  Walmart, Hobby Lobby, the checkout of the grocery store.  I had never seen them before moving this direction.  They are really neat.  They go through the Easter story and talk about the different events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of the Savior using a familiar Easter symbol-eggs.  I used them in singing time and last year we made our own sets for Activity Days.  You can find a great version here

from momtheintern.blogspot.com
 There are several different versions on the internet.  If you want to substitute a scripture or an item for a different one, then listen to the Spirit and customize it for your group. 

from momtheintern.blogspot.com
Sometimes, you are limited by budget, availability, time, and size constraints.  That's why these are just ideas and you can adapt them to fit your needs! 

Here is an idea for a cute treat that is NOT sugar.  
Sorry, the only source I have on this is this pinterest pin.  

Just some cheesy bunny crackers in a plastic bag (cone-shaped, it might be a piping bag) tied with a green bow.  Easy-peasy!

 Happy Easter!

Cute Printable for Women's Broadcast Tomorrow

This year is the first time that all women aged 8 years and up will be invited to attend the Women's Broadcast.  It will be held tomorrow night, March 29, at 6 pm. MST.  If you want to give your AD girls some grown-up note cards with some inspirational quotes on them, check out these super cute journaling cards from LDS Nest here.  Thanks to the ladies over there for sharing all their creative goodies!  Keep an eye out for more conference postings.  

Christmas Ideas to Consider

I told you I was way behind.  Or way ahead, if you look at it that way!  This is an activity we did last year that was tons of fun!  We printed up these tickets:


And handed them out the girls after Primary the week of the activity.  When they came we watched Luke II and then had a short intermission for a hot cocoa and cookie bar.  We had hot chocolate with a variety of toppings: whipped cream, chocolate kisses, mini peanut butter cups, red hots, peppermints, candy canes, marshmallows, and even grasshopper cookies.  They had a lot of fun making their own crazy concoctions!  Then they settled in to watch one of our family faves, a Claymation Christmas.  You could watch anything that is short and appropriate.  We love it because it has a lot of traditional Christmas carols in it and is highly entertaining.  It was a fun way to wind up AD for the season.  You could also send them off with a little something to remind them of the Savior during the hustle and bustle of Christmas.  We really enjoyed the down time and not feeling like we had to check off something.  

My Body is a Temple



This is a super cute picture from overstuffedlife.com.  I love her design and the message is inspiring!  I made this graphic into a print 4-to-a-page pdf.  You can find it here .We did an activity last spring ( I know, I am really behind-more on that later) that incorporated this theme.  We talked about how important it is to take care of our bodies and what Heavenly Father expect us to do with them.  You could take this lesson in several different directions.  We chose to do fitness.  So we went outside and played some games.  We did relays involving jumping rope, running, skipping, jumping jacks, etc.  

When the girls were nice and worn out, we had some of this:

Yummy fruit salsa!

And....

cinnamon tortilla chips!  Yummm!!!

This was a delicious healthy snack, easy to prep beforehand, and we make it all the time at my house now.  Here is the recipe (from allrecipes.com):

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

2 kiwis, peeled and diced
2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored
and diced
8 ounces raspberries
1 pound strawberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
butter flavored cooking spray
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3.Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
4.Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.
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True Symbols of Christmas



Here is an idea sent in from one of our readers.  Thanks so much for sharing!  

"I wanted to teach the girls the true symbols of Christmas in the context of an advent calendar. Having twelve girls (and they all come, yeah!) I need to be economical with supplies, so using my geometry compass I cut 7 1/2in circles out of cardboard cereal boxes. Then cut a 4in hole in the center of each to make a wreath.


These I painted green, giving a second coat to the colorful cereal box side.









Once dry I glued on 2" x 2" coin envelopes that I purchased on-line ($6.75 per 100).




I let the girls cut and paste the symbols onto the envelopes (just some clip art I found, I was able to fit three sets on one page) then they cut and inserted a quick blurb on each symbol along with one or two scriptures to read that day. I could only fit nine envelopes per wreath even though I had ten symbols to work with. I left out the wreath symbol but kept the info about it on the paper so they could still have it, perhaps they can glue it to the back since the whole thing is a wreath? Last of all they used my hole punch so they could attach a ribbon and hang up their project. Those who wanted wrote the nine days leading up to Christmas so they could remember which envelop to open each day.



Thanks for sharing, Laura!  I realize this is after the fact, but hopefully it will help out some of you for next year!  Or, you could adapt it for other holidays/projects.  


Halloween Ideas 2013

Banana ghosts tangerine pumpkins

There are some great Halloween posts on here already, but I thought I would offer a couple of more ideas.  I love this healthy and so cute snack!  This one was found HERE, although you can find similar versions all over the web.

halloween treasure necklace
This is an adorable craft/activity that I found on somewhat simple...It could even serve as the treat!  You could make and give them away, so they could be a service project, too.  Lots of options with this one.  You can find it HERE.
13-days-til-halloween
I absolutely adore this 13 days of Halloween service project from the crafting chicks.  It is like the 12 days of Christmas, and of course it would be ridiculously ambitious to do this for activity days!  But I like the concept of the countdown, and maybe you could adapt it to be the 3 days of Halloween and just pick one family in your ward to serve?  Or the bishopric?  Anyway, just trying to get the inspiration wheels turning!  You can find this HERE.

And since time is of the essence when it comes to activity days, how about a pumpkin that doesn't have to be carved?  This adorable one is decorated with washi tape!  This would be a perfect, super fast craft to make and give away to someone who wouldn't have a pumpkin-elderly people in the ward, maybe?  This little beauty is from i heart naptime and can be found    HERE.

A Few More General Conference Resources

A couple more cute resources for conference weekend!  You may not use these for an activity ahead of conference, but these might work for a review of conference.    Enjoy!
general conference activity 1

This is a super cute idea from somewhatsimple.com.  You can find the link  HERE



NEW conference packets for this fall from sugardoodle.net.  Find the link HERE



Free download from LDS NEST. General Conference journal cards and quotes! Super easy, fun way to stay focuses during conference <3

Great journaling and question cards from ldsnest.  Find the link HERE.



Question/note cards from belindasgreatideas.  So cute!  The link is HERE.

Conference Roundup

It's getting to be that time of year again!  General Conference!  There are so many fabulously creative people out there, that I thought I would do a roundup of some great ideas and put them all in one spot for you.  I love the activities we have done centered around conference.  The girls love learning about the prophet and the general authorities and we always talk about what they learned.  So, here are some super cute ideas to get those creative juices flowing!  Or just shamelessly copy, like I do!


This is a darling reminder for conference from Marci Coombs.  It is designed for YW, but you could totally do it for activity days!  You can see the original post and free printable HERE.
This next activity is super simple and effective.  It is from lds.org.  You pick a different item to eat for each key word you hear at a session.  I was thinking it would be easy to make up like a bag of trail mix for each girl and they could use that for their treat as they listened.  The original article is HERE.



This is a darling memory game that I found on beehive messages.  I love that the descriptive card has visual reminders of each apostle's life story.  It makes them more real to the girls when they can think about them as actual people!  You can get the game HERE.  

The next thing I found was a really cute printable that goes along with a pack of m&ms.  This is from Courtney Aiken.  She delivered it to her YW ahead of time.  I think AD girls could maybe have a short lesson about prophets and then at least start on their list and discuss some questions that they felt weren't too private.  Or you could just use it as a reminder!  


I love the idea of conference journals!  This one is great because it has printable tabs that are pix of the 1st presidency and the 12 apostles.  This is from the golden seven and I love that you can use a square punch to punch out the pix!  You can print this fabulous project HERE.

And one more:  I love this MINI conference packet.  The first time I did conference packets, I spent a fortune printing them out!  These are compact and cute!  This great idea is from fluffy bunny feet designs.  You can find the pdf HERE.

I hope you find some inspiration for a conference based activity!  

Secret Sisters

One of the best activities we did this past year was Secret Sisters.  We asked our Relief Society President for the names of some sisters who could use an adopted granddaughter, and each girl was assigned one as her older "sister".  We started off the relationship by making a simple card and dipping a caramel apple for them.  The apples were super easy!  Just follow the instructions on the back of the Kraft caramel bag!  And then to jazz it up a little, and give it the seasonal touch, we dipped it in white chocolate and added some fall sprinkles.

Add a little cellophane bag and some ribbon, and you have a little party on a stick.  I delivered these the next day, so the girls could be "secret" for the duration of the project.  

For phase two, we had the girls make these little cuties at the same activity:


It's just a dressed up roll of toilet paper!  Take a sheet of orange tissue paper, tuck and wrap it around the roll.  Tuck a little piece of green tissue in the top along with a smidge of raffia.  Cut out a jack-o-lantern face from sticky back black felt and PRESTO!  A cute Halloween decor item, and an emergency roll of toilet paper in one!  We delivered these on a different day.

For phase three, we made wreaths similar to this one:

You can find the tutorial HERE.  This was a separate activity night.  It does take a while, and I would suggest having all the fabric cut ahead of time.  We had the girls bring their fabric and we were really pushed to finish them.  These were also delivered secretly.

For the last phase of the project, we had an after church munch and mingle with our secret sisters.  Each girl met her sister and visited with her.  We just had some simple refreshments and played a little icebreaker game.  It was really rewarding for the girls to develop this relationship over a few weeks and be excited to serve someone.  They love to see each other now!  You can use this activity to incorporate several different requirements, and adapt it for the needs of your own group.  I would highly recommend it because it really opened the girls eyes to the lives of others outside their own age group.  


What Makes You Beautiful Activity

So I found this super cute video on youtube, a lipsync version of "What Makes You Beautiful" by the Young Men in the stake that they made for the girls to watch at camp.  I loved the message and the idea that what makes our girls beautiful is their desire to do right.  So I based this whole activity on this concept and also the 13th Article of Faith.  We have a couple of girls turning 12 this year and this fulfills one of the requirements for Preparing for Young Women.  


This video is on youtube.  There are several other versions-all of them are great!  This one didn't have as many buffering issues!



First of all, we talked about what beauty is.  What did the girls think was beautiful?  What does the world think is beautiful?  How are they different?  I read them this quote:

You can find the beautifulquote  here.  It is a jpg of two sized for 81/2x11.

Then we split into two groups.  One group worked on this questionnaire:
    You can find this mirror printable here.

The second group made this tiara.  It is printable!  We just cut them out and then added some adhesive rhinestones where ever they wanted.  
         
You can find the tiara printable here.



Then we took a picture in the "beauty booth".  I just took a trifold display board, like for science fairs, but it was PINK!  (Hobby Lobby, if you want to know where I got it.)  I simply added the caption  Be-"You"-Tiful and then the attributes listed in the 13th article of faith.  Here are a couple of shots of my own girls.




We finished the evening off by watching the video and choosing some treats from our candy bar-I labeled several different treats with "praiseworthy", "of good report", "virtuous", etc. 


They took their treats home in these little takeout boxes I ordered a million years ago and hadn't used yet.  They are small, so it wasn't like they took home a ton of candy.  I just taped on a little label found here with some cute washi tape.  Easy peasy.  BTW, there are some other super cute printables of the 13th article of faith at that site.

My awesome partner brought some cupcakes as well, but you could just do the candy bar.  I like the idea of choosing/seeking after--you could do a much bigger display than we did.  It was a simple activity that got the girls thinking about something important with a little bit of fun.  Enjoy!




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