Hi, friend! It’s Chrissy from Teepee Girl, and I am so excited to share these quote printables featuring President Gordon B. Hinckley!
President Hinckley was truly an optimist. I remember listening to his general conference talks and feeling so much hope and peace, despite the conditions of the world. And I still feel the same when I read his words.
No matter the specific topic, everyone will be uplifted if they walk out with a printable with these words. How can we not be more optimistic and faithful after reading this! 🙂
Last weekend I went to the library to get some work done, and I ended up making both of these printables. I couldn’t decide which I liked best. I finally decided that I was going to go with the pink because I love the watercolor corners and pink typography.
But when I showed them both to the other members of my family, they unanimously decided they liked this purple and blue one better.
So I am giving you both!
I hope you can use these printables in your home or at church. There are two sizes, so you get to choose what works best for you.
Please leave a comment and let me know which one you like better! Are you team pink or team purple?
Encourage understanding (sharing stories): Invite several parents or grandparents of the children in your Primary to share stories about how they or their ancestors chose the right. This could include stories of how they chose to join the Church. Before each story, ask the children to listen for ways these Church members chose the right and how they were blessed for doing so. After each story, ask the children to tell how the members were blessed for choosing the right. Consider asking the children to draw pictures about the stories as they hear them and then share their pictures with others in Primary and at home.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
Still looking for an idea for this week? Here’s an activity that is always a hit with the children, the Human Spinner. In the past, some have been worried about things getting out of control, but we have never had this problem, but that’s our ward. You know the children and the needs of your ward, so do what works for your ward. 🙂
As in the outline, invite several parents or grandparents of the children in your Primary to share stories about how they or their ancestors chose the right. This could include stories of how they chose to join the Church (I would choose 6-9 stories). If possible, invite the people to also include a picture of the ancestor.
You will need a sheet of paper with a number on it (the number will depend on how many stories you have chosen). I created some number sheets that you can use. I only created 6, but that should be plenty. These number sheets will be placed under the chair to determine which story you will read.
Here is what you will need for your lesson:
• Office Chair (make sure it spins)
•Picture for each story OR you could have the people come in
•Number Sheets (download link below)
To begin your lesson, explain to the children that you have been discussing how different people have been blessed by choosing the right. You could review who you have talked about this month: Noah, Disciples, and Nephi. Today we are going to hear stories about people that we know!
You could then tell them that you have asked 6 people to come visit Primary today to share a special story, but to choose the story they are going to have to SPIN! This is when you’ll bring in your spinning chair and lay the number sheets in a circle around the chair.
If you choose to have your guests come in to Primary, you could have a panel of ‘story tellers’ off to the side. Invite the first child to come up to the front and have them sit in the chair with their legs out, and then SPIN!
How To Play
Once they have stopped spinning, whatever number their feet are pointing at will be the story that you share. You could do this part two different ways. You could play the game like a ‘Guess Who’ style game or you could simply invite the person with that number to stand up and share their story.
If you do the ‘Guess Who’ style, read the story aloud and then have the child (who was the spinner) guess who the story might be talking about. Once they have figured out who it is, invite the person to share something else (if they’d like) or invite a new child up to the front and spin again. Be sure to remove the number that was previously chosen.
I have decided to put together a Little LDS Ideas Creative Team, which means every month 2 amazingly talented friends of mine are going to be sharing fun ideas and printables here on my blog. Today I am so excited to introduce you to my amazing friend, Chrissy, from TeepeeGirl.com.
Activity Days Idea from Teepee Girl
Hi! I am Chrissy from TeepeeGirl.com and I am so excited to share some free Activity Days printables with you!
One of the Faith in God requirements for both boys and girls under Serving Others is to “Write a letter to a teacher, your parents, or your grandparents telling them what you appreciate and respect about them.”
After I read that, I knew I wanted to make some stationery printables to make this activity both fun and cute! 🙂
I have three daughters, and two of them are in Activity Days. Whenever I tell my girls that it’s time to go to Activity Days, there is loud cheering and I can understand why. Activity Days seems like such a fun calling. Can I admit to getting calling envy whenever a new leader is announced?
And who can blame me when you get to do cool things like write thank you letters for an activity? I am a fan.
Activity Days Thank You/Pen Pal Stationery
In addition to the thank you letter, there is also a printable that is perfect for pen pal letters.
When I was talking to Sheena the other day, she told me that when she was an Activity Days leader, her group wrote and sent out pen pal letters to other Activity Days groups. What a great idea!
Kids love receiving mail, making this activity so fun. But it also helps them understand that everyone is different and different can be awesome!
I have also included a blank stationery page. This is so the kids can draw additional pictures or write a longer and more detailed letter if they want. (The blank stationery page pictured above was filled in by my four-year-old. She was feeling left out that her sisters got to write letters so we let her join in on the fun!)
Not only are these printables great for Activity Days, but they can also be used for family home evening, primary, and classrooms!
I hope you can use these thank you/pen pal printables. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think and if you have any other ideas for Activity Day printables.
Encourage application (singing a song): Show the “choice and consequences” stick from January, and invite the children to share what they remember about choices and consequences. Tell them that many blessings we receive are consequences of the good choices we make. Invite the children to think of ways they can be like Nephi and make good choices. Have the children sing “Nephi’s Courage” (CS, 120–21) and pass around the “choice and consequences” stick while they sing. Stop the music at random. When the music stops, invite the child holding the stick to share a good choice she or he can make. Have the child pass the stick to another child, and invite him or her to share a blessing that comes from making that good choice. Repeat as time allows.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
Are you ready for a fun Nephi themed February 2017 Sharing Time Idea? When I saw the idea in the outline, I knew I wanted to incorporate the story of Nephi and his broken bow. Using that story as inspiration, I decided to create a fun Arrow/Target game that you could use for your Sharing Time this week. I hope you like it!
To begin your Sharing Time, I would have the children act out the story of Nephi and His Broken Bow OR you could show the children this Illustrated Scripture video of Nephi and His Broken Bow. I use these videos all the time in my Primary class, and it’s always the one thing that the children will sit reverently and listen to. 😉
After you have shared the story of Nephi and the Broken bow, ask the children how Nephi obeyed his father, and how he and his family were blessed. Discuss this with the children for a few minutes. You could then show the “choice and consequences” stick from January, and invite the children to share what they remember about choices and consequences. Tell them that many blessings we receive are consequences of the good choices we make.
AIM FOR GOOD CHOICES
Explain to the children that today they are going to ‘AIM’ for good choices by playing a fun arrow and target game. I have included target printables for you to use for this activity, but here are some other things that you will need to put together before your lesson:
You will need:
An Arrow (you can use a nerf gun or create an arrow out of a pencil, like the one above).
Targets: you will need to print out 2-3 sets of each target (printable link below)
Questions (I do not have a printable for these, sorry)
Alright, let’s talk about the game. There are a couple different ways you could play this fun game, here are just a couple that I thought of. If you’re using a nerf gun, I would have the targets posted on a chalkboard or bulletin board. Have the targets scattered all over the board.
If you don’t have a nerf gun, no problem! Scatter your targets on the ground at the front of the room. Have the children too your ‘pencil arrow’ onto one of the targets. Whatever it lands on is the question that they will have to answer. You could also cut out the target and glue/tape them to paper plates.
In the middle of the Targets you will notice a ‘1,’ a ‘2,’ and a ‘3’. These numbers could represent categories of questions (scenarios, scriptures, blessings, etc.) OR they could represent point values.
If you decide to have the numbers represent categories, pick 3 containers that your questions will go in. Then, sit down and come up with questions for each category. Write or type your questions onto slips of paper, and place the questions into the appropriate container. Label each container with the numbers “1-3”.
One category could be ‘Scripture Stories’. For this you could find several stories from the scriptures where a person chose the right or didn’t. Quickly share the story (or the choice the person made) and then ask the children if they made a good choice or bad choice. You could then ask if they know the consequence that the person received because of their choice.
Another category could be ‘Scenarios’. Write up several scenarios of choices that the children might be faced with. You could leave the scenario open ended and have the children share a way that the person could choose the right OR you could have several different scenarios with good and bad choices.
Another category could be ‘Aiming To CTR’. When they land on this category, have the children share a way that they can ‘aim’ to choose the right, and a blessing that they could receive from choosing the right.
Nephi Was Blessed For Choosing the Right
Close by encouraging the children to follow Nephi’s example and choose the right. As a fun little treat, you could pass out pencil arrows to each of the children to help them remember to be like Nephi and ‘Aim to Choose the Right’.
I hope you enjoy my February 2017 Sharing Time idea, and are able to use it for your lesson. Sorry it’s so late this week. 🙁 But I’m trying my best to get ahead so you have plenty of time to prepare. As always, thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!
I can’t believe February is halfway order and I am just now getting my February 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea up! At the beginning of the month my family and I traveled to Utah so I could attend a blog conference (which was so fun). This month has also been full of sick children, basketball (4 nights a week, ugh), our 13th Anniversary (woohoo!), Valentine’s Day, school (for me), and all kinds of other stuff. I almost didn’t post an idea, but then I decided to just sit down and get it done!
When I first read the message, weeks ago, I thought about what I could include with this month’s message. After reading through it a few times I finally decided what I was going to share this month. I hope you like it!
After I read the scripture from Isaiah, included in the message, “Christ has “graven [us] upon the palms of [His] hands,”I knew I wanted to share something that had to do with hands. While at the store one day, I saw a package of wet wipes, and thought they’d be perfect!
You could also use gloves, lotion, anything to do with ‘hands’. My wet wipes then sat on my counter for a couple weeks, haha, until today!
I had a minute to sit down and work on this month’s printable, but I couldn’t decide on just one quote or one scripture. So, I decided to make another little booklet of quote cards like this Visiting Teaching Idea last July.
The first card includes the title of this month’s message. The second card includes the scripture from Isaiah. I decided to include an image of a hand since we’re using wet wipes. The third card is another amazing quote from the message, and the 4th is the ‘Consider This’ question.
February 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea
The wet wipes would also make a GREAT object lesson, one that I have used in Primary many times. I like to call it the Chocolate Syrup lesson. You start with 2 clean hands and explain that that is how we are after we are baptized, but over time we all sin. This is where the chocolate syrup comes in, you could make up a scenario of a ‘sin’ and squirt a little chocolate syrup onto your (or someone else’s) hands. Then share another scenario and add a little bit more. You then ask if their hands are clean.
That’s when you pull out the wet wipes and explain that through the Atonement we are able to repent and be made clean again.
You could share this idea with the sisters you visit and encourage them to share it with their family for quick and easy Family Home Evening. In addition to the object lesson, they could share the quotes from this month’s message.
I also loved this quote from Linda K. Burton…why didn’t I include this on a card?!? I think I’m going to have to because it’s so great:
“That supreme act of love ought to send each of us to our knees in humble prayer to thank our Heavenly Father for loving us enough that He send His Only Begotten and perfect Son to suffer for our sins, our heartaches, and all that seems unfair in our own individual lives” (Linda K Burton).
I hope you enjoy this month’s Visiting Teaching Idea, and use it for the sisters you visit OR as a fun Family Home Evening idea. I would love to hear if you use this idea, so be sure to leave me a comment letting me know OR snap a picture and tag me on Instagram.
Have you heard about the amazing new Nathan Pacheco cd, “Higher”? I had the opportunity to receive the CD from Deseret Book, and am loving it! If you enjoy listening to uplifting music, then you will love this CD.
“Higher” is a collection of Nathan Pacheco’s favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs will take you on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as Be Thou My Vision and Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, soaring Italian epics like Nella Fantasia, and modern classics such as Forever (one of my favorites) by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan’s desire with this album was to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that lift the soul.
Nathan Pacheco is a classically trained tenor who has a passion for reaching out and uplifting people through music. There is so much music out there today that doesn’t lift and inspire you as a listener, but the songs on this album were created to do exactly that.
Nathan Pacheco “Higher”
“Higher” was released today, and is available for purchase (CD or as MP3 download) through Deseret Book, HERE.
I have truly enjoyed listening to “Higher”, and I want to share this great album with you. So, one (1) lucky Little LDS Ideas reader will receive their very own Nathan Pacheco “Higher” album from me!
Just use the Rafflectoper widget (below) to enter for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to ANYONE! It will end Monday, February 13th at 11:59pm (MST). I will contact the winner on Tuesday, and will announce the winner on Facebook.
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This giveaway is not affiliates or sponsored by Deseret Book. I was sent a copy of “Higher” for free, but the opinions in this post are my own, and I have enjoyed this CD so much that I decided to give a copy to one of you!
I hope you will enter to win this amazing cd, and I hope you enjoyed my review of “Higher” by Nathan Pacheco.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
Encourage understanding (reading scriptures, coloring, and using puppets): Read with the children the following accounts of how Jesus’s disciples chose the right: Luke 10:38–42 (Mary); Matthew 4:18–20 (Peter and Andrew); Acts 9:1–9, 17–20 (Paul). Discuss some of the blessings these people received for choosing the right. Draw some simple figures for each child (or use the scripture figures in “Funstuf,” Friend, Jan. 2006, 35; and “Funstuf,” Friend, Feb. 2006, 31). Let the children color the drawings, cut them out, and make them into stick puppets or paper sack puppets. Invite the children to use their puppets to retell one of the stories. For example: “My name is Paul. I used to persecute people who followed Jesus. I saw a vision of Jesus. Jesus asked me to stop persecuting Him. I chose to follow Jesus and was a missionary for the rest of my life.”
Encourage application(reviewing scripture stories):Invite the children to use their puppets to retell the scripture stories to their families at home. Encourage them to share with family members how the individuals in the stories chose the right and how they were blessed. Ask the children how they can choose the right during the next week.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I am excited to share my idea for this week! As always, this idea goes right along with the February Sharing Time idea in the outline, but with a fun twist. When I was trying to figure out what idea to share I thought of my ‘go-to’ Punch-A-Box idea, but then I remembered a similar activity that we actually did for our Ward’s Trunk or Treat. This Sharing Time idea will definitely be a hit. I hope you enjoy this week’s idea, and use it for your lesson.
‘Who Am I’ Choose the Right February Sharing Time Game
Alright, you are going to be cutting holes into your foam board, just like a regular punch-a-box, but I decided that I wanted mine in the shape of a CTR shield. So, first I went ahead and created a shield template using my tissue paper (you will use this later as well), and then drew an outline on the back of my foam board. You will be covering the holes with tissue paper and the poster-board, so cut out a shield from the poster-board.
I then placed my 9 plastic cups inside the shield. Grab a pencil and trace around the mouth of the cups. From there, grab an X-acto Knife (or a regular knife), and start cutting out the holes (be sure to cut a little inside the circle so that the hole isn’t larger than the mouth of the cups.
Now that you have all of the holes cut out, go ahead and place your tissue paper shield over the holes (on the front side of your foam board). Use a glue stick to hold the tissue paper, and be sure to glue in between the holes as well as on the outside edge of the shield. Then do the same with the poster-board shield by placing it on top of the tissue paper and gluing.
Your foam board will look something like this. Now, you are going to flip your foam board so that the front is faced down, and using your knife make a slit into the poster-board/tissue paper in each hole.
Take your scissors, and cut from the center of the circle into wedge pieces (or pie sliced pieces, pictured above). By cutting your poster-board this way it will allow the children to easily slip their hands in and out of the holes.
Alright! You’ve got the holes covered cut, now let’s move onto the clues and cups.
I have provided clue strips for you to use. There are 3 clues per person (I just used the people mentioned in the outline), so 9 strips total. I used a different color for each person to help figuring out who it is a little easier. Print out the clue strips and cut them out. Then place them inside 9 plastic cups.
Once each cup has a clue inside, attach the cups to the back of your foam board. You can do this by using hot glue or even using some strong tape. And that’s it! Now let’s talk about how to play!
How To Play:
The children are going to be taking turns sticking their hands into the CTR shield to retrieve a clue. They will be reading clues trying to guess which picture it belongs to. Once they have figured out ‘Who I Am’ you can tell the children the story, read the scriptures, or show them a short Scripture Video.
At the front of the room, have your ‘Who Am I’ game. Have your 3 Gospel Art Kit pictures attached to a bulletin board, chalkboard, or other foam board.
Invite a child up to the front to retrieve the first clue. Have them read the clue aloud, and then have them guess which picture they think it belongs to. Have them go and place the clue above/under the picture they think.
Then invite another child up, and have them do the same. Continue until all the clues have been pulled out. You will probably need to re-arrange some clues until all are under the appropriate picture.
Tell the children about each person, and how they were blessed for choosing the right. I know there are some great Scripture videos for some of these scripture stories OR you could invite someone to dress up like one of the people and have them come in and share how they were blessed.
A couple weeks ago I received a wonderful book in the mail from Deseret Book. The book that I received is journal to help families hold regular family councils, and to record those special meetings. Since I heard Elder Ballard encourage all members to hold regular Family Councils it has been on my mind, but it is something that we still haven’t done. Today I am sharing a review of “Our Family Council Journal”, and a little peek inside of it. I am so excited to have received this book, and I hope that it will help us to finally make time for Family Councils.
In the very first pages of this journal you will find Elder Ballard’s talk, “Family Councils”, which is an amazing talk.A few pages after his words, you will find a page with ‘Reminders About Family Councils’ as well as ‘Suggestions For Using This Journal’. I loved reading the suggestions and the possibilities for using this journal. (more…)
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Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline
Identify the doctrine (playing a matching game):Draw a simple ark on the chalkboard. Prepare several sets of two identical animal pictures. Give one picture to each child. Ask the children to stand and make the sound that the animal in their picture makes and to listen for someone else who is making a similar sound. When the children with matching pictures find each other, have them stand together until all the animals have been paired. Ask the children to come as pairs and put their animals on the ark drawing. Ask the children, “Which prophet did the Lord ask to gather the animals into the ark?” Point out that it was probably a difficult task to gather so many animals into the ark, but Noah chose to obey the Lord’s command.
Encourage understanding (reading scriptures):Show the children a picture of Noah preaching, and read Moses 8:20. Ask the children why they think the people did not listen to Noah. Divide the board in half, and write the following questions on one side, with the scripture references in random order on the other side: What was the Lord going to do to destroy the wicked? (Genesis 6:17). What did He tell Noah to do to save his family? (Genesis 6:18). What did Noah do to choose the right? (Genesis 7:5). Ask the children to read the scriptures and find which one answers each question. Show the children a picture of Noah building the ark. Explain that sometimes it is hard to choose the right. Ask, “How was Noah blessed for choosing the right?” Encourage the children to share how they will be blessed as they choose the right.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
I really love the idea given in the outline, especially the ‘Identify the Doctrine’ section. The children will LOVE making animal sounds. So today, I have just a few ideas for you, just in case you’re looking for a little more. Enjoy!
As I said, I love the “Identify the Doctrine” idea in the outline. But they didn’t have any animal images, so I went ahead and created 2 sheets of animal cards (16 animals total) that you could print out and use. They’re nothing fancy, but I don’t think the kids will be too worried about it, they’ll have too much fun making their sound.
If making animal noises sounds too crazy, then here are a few other ideas that you could use. (more…)
Today I am sharing some great little cards that are perfect for baptisms. I first saw these LDS Baptism Cards several years ago at my Nephew’s baptism. Since then I have used these LDS Baptism Cards for my son and daughter’s baptism. It is a special way to help children remember their special day.
I created these cards to match my LDS Baptism Prints that I shared a few days ago, you can find there HERE! My daughter was baptized last year, and I knew that I wanted to use these LDS Baptism Cards at her baptism.
I placed some of the cards on a table by the guest book, and then my sisters passed them out to everyone while my daughter was getting dressed, after she was baptized.
The idea is, for those attending, to write down a special note to the child OR write down their testimony. You can then place them in a baptism book, a small photo book (you can find these for really cheap), in a binder (find some page protectors and place the cards in), a baptism box, etc. It makes a great keepsake that the children can look back on and remember how special the day was. (more…)
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