Hi friends! It’s Chrissy from TeepeeGirl.com, and I have a printable that the kiddos are gonna love!
They are LDS sewing cards, and they are perfect for sacrament meeting, primary, family home evening, or anytime!
.One of the biggest struggles we have as moms and primary teachers is keeping the kids quiet and reverent at church, baptisms, or general conference. I mean, kids just weren’t meant to sit still for very long. Just tonight while we were reading our scriptures, my 5-year-old could not sit still. As a parent, it’s exhausting to watch but can be a bit exasperating in a public setting like church.
One strategy that has worked well for our family has been filling the church bags with magnets, coloring books, and sewing cards.
I recently made some summer sewing cards and as my kids have played with them at church every Sunday since I made them. So I thought it was time to make some LDS sewing cards. I love it when the kids have something to do at church that reminds them of church teachings. It’s a win-win! (more…)
Encourage understanding and application (listening to a story): Tell the following story: “Two boys found a worn-out pair of shoes by the road. In the distance they could see a man working in a field. One of the boys suggested that they hide the shoes and then watch the man’s reaction.” Ask the children to share what they would say to this boy. Then tell the rest of the story: “The other boy suggested that instead of hiding the shoes, they should put a silver coin in each one, and that’s what they did. Soon the man returned. When he found the coins, he was so overwhelmed with gratitude that he knelt down and offered a prayer of thanks. He spoke of his wife, who was sick, and his children, who had no food, and he asked the Lord to bless whoever had helped him. The boys felt something warm in their hearts and were thankful they had chosen the right” (see Gordon B. Hinckley, in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 71; or Ensign, May 1993, 54). Invite several children to share times when good friends have helped them choose the right.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I am excited to share this week’s Good Friends Sharing Time Idea and Printables! I looked back at my idea that I shared in 2012, and decided to use some of that idea to create a fresh, new idea for my August 2017 Sharing Time Idea. I have to say THANK YOU to Darcee of Pergler’s Primary Place because I used some of her amazing idea for this week (you can check out her idea, HERE). I hope you enjoy this week’s idea and are able to use it for your lesson. Enjoy!
Before we get into my idea, I thought I would share that the story in the outline is actually a Mormon Message. This would be a great way to share the story with the children instead of reading it to them. I feel like the children in my Primary class get a lot more out of videos than when I read to them, so always use videos when possible. You can find the video, “Lessons I Learned As a Boy,”HERE!
The video is only 4 minutes, which is perfect! Here is the video, I love it!
Friendly Feet Sharing Time Activity
My activity today is called ‘Friendly Feet’. I have made a few changes from my original ‘Friendly Feet’ idea (you can take a look at that one HERE), and I am loving the new changes and the fun new printables.
The children will be looking inside of boots (like in the story) to learn more about good friends. To choose which boot to read you can have the children roll a dice, spin a spinner OR do a human spinner, that’s always fun. 🙂 Let’s talk about putting it all together.
For this Sharing Time you will need: my Good Friends Sharing Time printables, dice/spinner/spinning chair, silver coins (optional), brown paper bags, glue/tape, and popsicle sticks (also optional).
First, print out the boot printables (6 total) and cut them out. Then glue each boot to the side of each brown paper bag. Easy Peasy! Next, print out the ‘Good Friend Stories’ and cut each one out. This is where I have to, once again, thank Darcee from Pergler’s Primary Place. Darcee came up with the idea of having each letter of the word ‘FRIEND’ represent a characteristic of a good friend. She was also the one who found each of the amazing stories to go along with each characteristic! You re amazing, Darcee! Place each story inside the matching boot.
Optional Silver Coin Idea
To go along with the story from Gordon B. Hinckley, I thought it might be fun to place a silver coin in a few of the bags. Whenever a child finds a boot with a coin inside, they can share times when good friends have helped them choose the right or they could share what they can do to be a good friend. Wouldn’t that be cute? You could even find some of those chocolate coins and put them in there. Yum!
How To Play
Now that we’ve talked a little bit about putting it all together, let’s talk about how to play. For your Sharing Time, have each boot bag at the front of the room. Explain to the children that they are going to be selecting a boot, and inside the boots are stories about good friends, and characteristics of a good friend.
Now, you have some choices on how you will choose your boots. Each of the boots are numbered 1-6, so you could simply have the children roll a die to decide which boot they’ll look inside. You could also use a spinner and just have six spaces labeled 1-6. If you’re a little more daring, and want to do something fun…you could do the ‘human spinner’! For the human spinner you will need a spinning office chair. Around the office chair you will need to create 6 spaces and label them 1-6. Choose a child to sit in the chair, and then give them a spin. Have them point their feet out, and whatever space they land on once they stop spinning is the boot that they will look inside.
Once the child has rolled the die or spun the spinner and landed on a number, have them find the matching number and look inside the bag. Have them pull out the story and read it aloud (or you can read it aloud if they cannot read). Another idea that I thought might be fun, especially for JR Primary, is to have the cute little faces (that I used on the story printable) on popsicle sticks. I went ahead and enlarged each of the faces so you can cut them out and attach them to popsicle sticks. Have the child hold up the face when you are reading the story. I thought the little children would enjoy holding up a popsicle stick face, but it’s totally optional. 🙂
After you have read the story, and discussed it with the children, invite a new child to come up and roll or spin. Continue until all the stories have been read or until time runs out.
If you decide to use the chocolate coins inside some of the bags, at the end you could hand a chocolate coin to each child and encourage them to not only have good friends, but to BE a good friend. Close by bearing your testimony of the importance of good friends.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Good Friends Sharing Time Idea and Printables, and I hope that you are able to use them for your Sharing Time lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!
On the last day of school, as we were driving home, my children excitedly handed me their Summer Reading Lists. They were so excited to read the books on the list, and I was even more excited for them to read because it meant less time sitting watching TV or playing electronics. As we sat their talking about their reading lists I had a thought/idea come to my mind. We see all kinds of summer reading lists, but I have never seen a Summer Spiritual Reading List. I pictured a list filled with articles from church magazines and General Conference, it was such a great idea! I had to do it, so I added the idea to my (huge) list of ideas and got to work looking for talks and articles to add to my Summer Spiritual Reading List. I didn’t get very far though (I think I had 3 talks on my list), and then life got crazy busy. I really wanted to create my Spiritual Summer Reading List, but I just didn’t have the time to search for talks (I promise I will create one though), that’s when another great idea popped into my head…Spiritual Summer BINGO!
This was a little more easy to execute. My Spiritual Summer BINGO sheet is filled with all kinds of tasks for your children to do to help them grow spiritually this summer (or at least the last month they have). I know in my own home Summer can be a time where my children think they can sit and watch TV, I wanted to help them do more. At the bottom of my Spiritual Summer BINGO sheet I wrote,
“Don’t take a ‘spiritual break’ during summer break. use this Spiritual Summer bingo sheet to help you stay spiritually strong.”
Could your children, or your Primary children, use a little spiritual boost this summer? Then give my Spiritual Summer BINGO sheet a try.
How To Play
I have only created one sheet so far, but if y’all like it then maybe I’ll make a few more. To play, print out my Spiritual Summer BINGO Sheet (link below). Then, pick a square and complete the task. Once you have completed it, mark it with an ‘X’ or a sticker. Once you get five in a row, you’re done! As a parent, you could have incentives for BINGO, and you could do an extra special prize for a ‘black-out’.
Primary Class Idea
I used these in my Primary class, too! I passed them out and told them that if they got five in a row and brought it back, then I would reward them with a special gift. Just print out the number of copies needed, and encourage the children in your class to get a BINGO.
I have included squares to help pass off Faith in God requirements, squares to help the children learn program songs, and squares to help memorize Articles of Faith (and there’s other great squares as well).
So, are you ready to play some BINGO? Just click the link below to print out your very own BINGO sheet.
Hello friends! It’s Marissa from Prickly Pear Design Co. I’m excited to share a Young Women Personal Progress Activity with you today.
Every morning for the past two weeks we’ve been driving to & from swimming lessons. Our route takes us right by the Meridian, Idaho Temple which is still under construction and is scheduled to be dedicated this Fall!
We love seeing the progress on the temple each time we drive by. Most of the work is done on the outside, but if you drive by in the early mornings or evenings you can see lights on inside and it’s fun to talk about all the work that’s going on inside as well.
As I’ve watched this temple’s progress, it’s become really clear that building a temple has a lot of parallels to each of us and our lives.
Our bodies are temples, and we’re here on Earth to build up our temple, stand tall and beautiful, and point to God. The plans for each temple are unique and detailed, and so are our lives. When I see the temple I’m reminded of the verse in D&C 88:119:
Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.
The details of our lives are up to us, but our choices should help us build our temple in the areas outlined in that scripture. What we choose, should help us keep the temple and it’s blessings in our sight.
Here’s what you’ll need for your Personal Progress mutual night or to get your girls started on completing Individual Worth #4:
Download the files below of the Temple Blessings print and the My Plan Worksheet
Ask each girl to bring their scriptures, Personal Progress Book and a pen.
Frames or cute washi tape for the prints (either 8×10 or 4×6 works – both sizes of prints are included below)
First, take a few minutes as a group to read and mark D&C88:119 – discuss how each of us are unique but that we’re each a temple of God. Then, set the girls to work thinking and writing on the My Plan worksheet. You may want to mention that all of the goals don’t need to be spiritual in nature, but that many life goals actually help us become more like He is – getting an education, learning a skill or trade, practicing a talent, even traveling to a distant place and learning about new cultures and enjoying the beauty God gives us.
While I was creating these prints, I kept thinking how great it would be to complete this activity even if you aren’t a Young Women. It would make a great tie-in for a Relief Society Activity night focused on goal setting or the Temple!
(the 4×6 print is formatted specifically for photo labs – I use Costco, but your favorite photo lab will work great too!)
Print these on your home color printer or send them to your local copy shop.
I recommend using the highest print settings and printing on bright white cardstock.
Stop by Prickly Pear Design Co. to snag more free printables for Young Women, Relief Society & just because. Every month I release a Young Women Come Follow Me Handout kit that has additional ideas for Mutual Activities and Visiting Teaching printables to make visiting your sisters that much easier.
Hi friend, it’s Chrissy from Teepee Girl, and I am so excited to share this baptism flashlight gift tag with you!
I am hoping that this gift tag will help primary presidencies, teachers, and parents everywhere!
Whenever I have been part of a primary presidency, we have always tried to think of fun, inexpensive, and relevant baptism gifts that we could give to the kids in our primary who were getting baptized.
And many primary teachers, especially those who teach the 8-year-old class, also like to have a little stash of gifts that they can give to kids that get baptized.
And then there’s us parents who are looking for a quick and easy gift idea. My 8-year-old gets invited to her friends’ baptisms and of course we want to support all these great kids! And honestly, we don’t always bring a gift and I am totally comfortable with that. After all, the thing they really want is our presence and our love. But if I can plan ahead, I like to bring a little something. Just because I know how much the kiddos love it.
And kids love this gift!
What makes this little gift so fun is that it involves a flashlight.
Kids LOVE flashlights. In fact, my 8-year-old sleeps with a flashlight under her pillow every night. Just in case she needs it.
And now there are so many cheap little flashlights out there. (You can get some shipped to you through my affiliate link HERE.) This free printable tag is the perfect fit for a flashlight.
The tags talks about how the Holy Ghost is like a flashlight.
Flashlights give us light when we need it, and so does the Holy Ghost. I thought it was a great little analogy that I hope will help the kids understand what the Holy Ghost does.
And we all know kids love candy. So I thought that putting some cheap candy in a bag along with the flashlight would make this gift even cooler.
Because some kids have allergies, I like to use smarties and gum. Both are a big hit with kids and they last a lot longer than chocolate does. So if you are making these little gift bags with the intention of storing them until you need them, I highly recommend smarties, gum, or even suckers.
When you download this printable, you will get four tags per page. This will hopefully help with printing costs.
I recommend printing these tags on cardstock. And feel free to write a little note to the child getting baptized on the back!
If you can, I recommend getting them printed a place like Office Depot, where they have really high quality printers. This will give you a really nice gift tag with sharp details and really high quality card stock.
Click the link below to print this fun Baptism Flashlight Tag.
I don’t think you can ever thank someone enough for their service, especially when it comes to church callings, so today I am sharing a cute 4th of July Sparkler Thank You Tag that you could use to say ‘Thank You’ to that awesome Primary teacher, Relief Society teacher, the Young Women in your ward, or a friend!
I can’t take full credit for this cute idea because the idea came from the awesome Primary Presidency Facebook group that I have mentioned before. Last year, the Primary President in my ward saw a cute 4th of July Thank You Gift idea in the group using sparklers and a tag that said, “You make our Primary sparkle!”. We thought it was such a cute idea! Since there wasn’t a file to print, she asked if I could create a tag for us to use for our Primary teachers.
In addition to the sparklers, we added these cute patriotic Kisses and Kit Kat candies. Aren’t those the most adorable wrappers!?!
4th of July Treat Idea and Thank You Tag
Do you know someone that would love to receive a cute little 4th of July treat? Today I am sharing some great printables to help you out. But first, let’s talk about what you’ll need to put it all together.
You will need:
My 4th of July Sparkler Thank You Tag (printables below)
Ribbon, Twine, String
and something to put it all in.
We used some clear plastic boxes that I had laying around, but you could use clear treat bags, jars, or some cute paper party sacks.
We placed all of the delicious treats inside of the box, and then wrapped some twine around the box. Slide the sparklers underneath the twine, and then attach the tag and tie a knot. Easy, peasy!
4th of July Sparkler Thank You Tags
I posted a sneak peek of my tags on Instagram and asked if anyone would be interested in other types of tag (not just primary). Some of you said ‘YES!’ so I went ahead and made a few different versions of my tag.
I created a Primary tag, a Relief Society tag, a Young Women tag, and a generic quote tag that says, “Real sparkle is not something you put on. It comes from the heart.” I got the quote from THIS Mormonad and thought it would make such a great tag. Just write a little note on the back letting the recipient know how amazing you think they are, and you’ve got yourself the perfect patriotic treat!
I went ahead and combined all the tags into one file, just click and print the page that you need or print them all!
So, what do you think? Do you know someone that would love to receive this 4th of July Thank You Treat? I would love to hear if you use my 4th of July Sparkler Thank You Tags. If you get a chance, snap a picture of the finished treat and tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
Identify the doctrine (seeing an object lesson):Prepare two wordstrips: Fasting and Prayer. Invite two children to stand close together, and give each child one of the wordstrips. Have another child walk between them. Ask the first two children to securely link their arms, and ask the other child to try to walk between them again. Point out how much stronger the children are when they are linked together. Explain that fasting and prayer are more powerful when we use them together. Write “Fasting and prayer can strengthen my testimony” on the board, and have the children repeat it together.
Encourage understanding (listening to scriptures and participating in an object lesson): Ask the children to listen for things the sons of Mosiah did to become strong in the gospel as you read Alma 17:2–3. Invite the children to flex their muscles each time they hear something that helped the sons of Mosiah become strong.
Lead a discussion on fasting by asking several questions such as “What is fasting?” “Why should we fast?” “When should we fast?” and “Why should we pray when we fast?” (see Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Law of the Fast,” Ensign, May 2001, 73–75). Let every child who adds to the discussion hold on to one end of a piece of yarn or string. Hold the other end of each piece of string in your hand. At the end of the discussion, ask the children holding the strings to come to the middle of the room and twist all of their pieces of string together, making a strong rope. Explain that each piece of string we add to the rope makes the rope stronger. Help the children understand that in a similar way, each time we fast and pray we add strength to our testimony.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
Back in 2012 I shared an idea that Emmalee Hammond shared. She based her Sharing Time idea off of Elder Wirthlin’s red wagon story from, “The Law of the Fast”. I loved her idea then, and I still love it, so I went ahead and created some printables that you could use for this week’s idea. Thanks again Emmalee for the great idea!
Begin your lesson by doing the “Identify the Doctrine” idea given in the outline. I think the children will enjoy this activity, and it will help them learn the power of fasting and prayer.
You can then read the scripture from the outline a (Alma 17:2–3) and discuss the power we receive when we pray and fast.
The Red Wagon Fasting and Prayer Sharing Time Activity
As I said before, a sweet sister shared this idea in a comment on Sugardoodle back in 2012, but it is perfect for this week! Here is what Emmalee shared: “I am using Joseph B. Wirthlin’s red wagon story from “The Law of the Fast”. I’m going to bring a red wagon to fill. I will tape quotes about prayer and fasting (when we fast, the examples of the sons of Mosiah and Nephites, why we fast, etc.) onto cans and boxes of food and a blanket. The children will pick one item at a time, discuss the quote, then place the item in the wagon to fill it by the end. Here is the wagon story: How well I remember my father, the bishop of our ward, filling my small red wagon with food and clothing and then directing me—as a deacon in the Church—to pull the wagon behind me and visit the homes of the needy in our ward. I remember visiting one family in particular: a sickly mother, an unemployed and discouraged father, and five children with pallid faces, all disheartened and hungry. I remember the gratitude that beamed in their faces when I walked up to their door with my wagon nearly spilling over with needed supplies. I remember how the children smiled. I remember how the mother wept. And I remember how the father stood, head bowed, unable to speak. Brothers and sisters, in a sense, you too can bring to a needy family a wagon brimming with hope. How? By paying a generous fast offering. -JOSEPH B. WIRTHLIN”
I think it would be so fun to bring in an actual red wagon filled with food and clothing, but not everyone has a wagon, so I went ahead and created some printables to help you out.
I have included an 11″X14″ wagon (I also included one that can be printed on 2 sheets) as well as food items to go inside the wagon.
Begin by sharing Elder Wirthlin’s story with the children. I did see a video of Elder Wirthlin’s story, here. It’s a Youtube video, so you might need to get permission from your Bishop if you’d like to show it.
After you have shared the story, show the children the empty red wagon. Tell the children that today they are going to be learning about fasting and prayer by finding food items to fill the red wagon, just like Elder Wirthlin. Explain that all around the room are different food items. On each food is a word that represents a question that you will discuss.
To play this, you could have the children search for any food OR you could give them a specific food to search for (that way you ask the questions in order).
The questions that you will be asking are the questions from the outline:
What is fasting?
Why should we fast?
When should we fast?
Why should we pray when we fast?
I also included ‘Where’. You could ask something like ‘Where does our fast offering money go?’ You could also add a ‘Who?’ question: ‘Who is blessed from fast offering?’. Just a few more ideas. I included a few blank food items that you could write your own word on or you could write scripture references.
When a child finds a food item, have them bring it to the front and place it in the wagon. Then ask the question that goes with that food item. If they aren’t sure what the answer is you could read a scripture to help them out or have them ask another child for help. When you have answered the question, invite another child up to find the next food item. Continue until all items have been found.
To close, help the children understand that each time we fast and pray we add strength to our testimony.
Hello friends! It’s Marissa from Prickly Pear Design Co. I’m excited to share these simple service ideas and printable notecards with you (and a bonus treat container!) today and hope that it provides you a simple way to say thank you to others! These printables can help pull together a last minute mutual night for your Young Women group or make a great service project for Activity Day Girls or even a Family Home Evening.
Recently, I got to thinking about saying thank you to those that provide meaningful impact in our lives and the lives of others. I too often overlook the small acts of service that occur every day and often focus on the large, more noticeable service that happens around me.
But saying thank you shouldn’t have to take a ton of time or be complicated. In fact sometimes it’s the little things that catch us off guard that mean the most. So I got to work and created a few little note cards and brainstormed a few ideas on who and how to show gratitude to those we may not usually think of thanking.
Who to Thank: Temple Patrons & Temple Workers
Why: they sacrifice their time to serve those who are in need of saving ordinances
What to do: Print off a handful of notecards and have your girls write notes and sign them from your ward Young Women or Activity Day Girls group. Then go to the temple parking lot, and stick the cards under the windshield wipers of cars parked in the lot.
Extra mile: Gather up a few cleaning supplies and have your group clean the windshields of the cars before they leave their note.
Who to Thank: The Bishop & His Counselors, Ward Council, or even the Young Men in your ward
Why: they spend extra hours serving and planning activities, fulfill leadership roles, and the Young Men work to bless the sacrament, collect fast offerings and fulfill their priesthood duties such as home teaching, etc.
What to do: Use the printable note cards or have your group design their own – discuss ways that the Bishop, his counselors, and the ward council may serve the ward that your Young Women may not have known of or thought much about ( tithing settlement, recommend interviews, reviewing callings and taking care of tithing after church every week, fulfilling welfare needs and tending to the sick, elderly, and those in need, etc.)
I recently saw a post about a Young Men’s group on social media who planned and executed a night honoring the Young Women in their ward. I loved the idea of the Young Men serving and making the Young Women feel special and thought how much it might mean if a group of Young Women decided to acknowledge the Young Men for the many things they do each week to fulfill their priesthood duties.
*The bonus treat container may come in handy for this service project and are the perfect size to hold 2-3 medium sized cookies or be stuffed with a few mini candy bars.
At Little LDS Ideas my main purpose is to share my ideas to help make your life and calling a little easier. Maintaining my blog takes a lot of time and work, but I love doing it. However, I too have to make some money to keep my blog up and running. My blog may contain paid advertisements, sponsored posts, giveaways, and affiliate links. All sponsored and affiliate content will be clearly labeled.
I want you to know that my opinions are always 100% my own, and I wouldn't share anything on my blog that I, myself, wouldn't use.
Thank you so much for supporting Little LDS Ideas through your visits and clicks on ads and affiliate or referral links. Your support means the world to me!
The products/services offered by Little LDS Ideas are neither made, provided, approved nor endorsed by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Any content or opinions expressed, implied or included in or with the goods/services offered by Little LDS Ideas are solely those of Little LDS Ideas and not those of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.