As you may know by now, next year’s LDS Primary theme is “Choose the Right”. I am not currently serving in a Primary Presidency (I was released a month or so ago), but I know that Primary Presidencies are always looking for fun and inexpensive LDS Primary Birthday Gift ideas for the Primary kiddos. As I was thinking of ideas and trying to tie in the theme I had a thought of letting the children ‘choose’ their own prize! After some thinking I came up with ‘Choose the Right’ Birthday scratch cards! They’re easy to make AND I have some printables that I am sharing today to help you create your very own!

Choose the Right LDS Birthday Gift Ideas

As you can see in the picture above, I have a cute gum tag as well as my Choose the Right Birthday Scratch Card.Β I thought it would be fun to give the children gum or some other ‘chewy’ treat and a scratch card. Just put a few pieces of gum into a clear baggie tie it and attach this cute tag, easy peasy!


Choose the Right LDS Primary

I decided to leave the bottom blank, but I left space for you to write in your own little message. πŸ™‚ Have the children ‘scratch’ their cards either during opening exercises, so all the other children can see what their prize is OR have them wait until the end of Primary.

Some of the prizes that could be: pencils, bracelets (have you seen those rubber ones with ‘Choose the Right’?), bookmarks, Bishop Treat, or something else.


Choose the Right Birthday Scratch Card

The gum tag is pretty self-explanatory, so let’s talk about those cute ‘scratch’ cards. I have seen them all over Pinterest, and LOVE them! I was surprised at how easy they are to make…2 simple ingredients! Really!

Choose the Right LDS Birthday Gift Idea

Well, I guess the supplies is more than 2 things, but to make the ‘scratch’ paint you only need 2 things.

First, you will need to print out my ‘Choose the Right Scratch Cards’ (link below) onto cardstock. I left the shield emblems blank on the actual printable because everyone’s prizes will be different. But just write in the prizes with a pen, and you’re good to go. Make sure to mix it up, so the prizes aren’t in the same places all the time.


Grab a white crayon and color over ALL of the prize spaces.

LDS Primary Birthday Gift Ideas

Color each of those cute little shields…then brush off those little bits of crayon shavings, because you don’t want those sticking around. πŸ™‚

Now for the ‘scratch’ paint. For this you will mix 1Β partΒ of liquid dish soap and 2 parts acrylic paint (just your every day craft paint). I think a metallic silver paint would look AWESOME, but I didn’t have any laying around, so I used yellow.

DIY Birthday Scratch Card

Mix the soap and paint together and then paint over each of the shields. You will have to paint 2-3 coats to make sure it is covered, and so the children can’t see the words underneath.


DIY LDS Primary Birthday Cards

You can create a stencil or just paint it on by hand. I did the first one with a stencil and the rest of them by hand.

Let the solution dry completely. Then cut into cards and put them in your Primary closet! Be sure to have some pennies in there as well. πŸ˜‰



As I was typing up my post I wanted to double check the amounts of the ‘scratch solution’, but as I was searching around I found another way that you could make your ‘scratch cards’, and I’m thinking if you’re going to do this for Primary…I might do it this new way.

I found a great tutorial on Oopsey Daisy, HERE, where she uses contact paper. You get a big sheet and paint the entire sheet with your scratch solution. THEN you cut out the shields and then place them on the cards. I think it would go quite a bit faster this way, and it would look a little nicer. I am going to give this way a try and seeΒ which I like better.

LDS Primary Birthday Cards

Do you like my 2017 Choose the Right LDS Primary Birthday Gift idea? I know I would have loved these as a kid!

As promised, I have printables for you to create your very own ‘birthday scratch cards’. I have 2 different scratch cards to choose from and my ‘Chews the Right’ gum tags. Just use the link below to download and print.


Click HERE to print my 2017 LDS Primary Birthday Gift printables!


I hope you enjoy my LDS Primary Birthday Gift ideas, and use them in your Primary. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!


14 thoughts on “{Primary} 2017 LDS Primary Birthday Gift Idea

  1. Tieri

    I always look forward to getting emails updates on new ideas especially for Primary. I’ve used some of your ideas and implemented also with our ideas and it has worked miracles and wonders and we get to enjoy the activities with our Primary children. I’m grateful to you and many other sisters that have taken time to share these wonderful ideas with Primary Presidents all over the world. Thanks so much. Love from Fiji xoxo


    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thank you so much, Tieri, for your kind comment. I am so glad to hear that you like the ideas that I share and have implemented them into your lessons. Maybe one day I’ll make my way to Fiji and visit you. πŸ™‚


  2. Kristen

    What a fun and creative idea! Sent to my primary president. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and talents. I often use your printables and ideas in my sharing time lessons.


  3. Kristi M

    Our presidency loves this idea. I did the contact paper method with silver paint for my sister’s gender reveal cards a few years ago and it worked like a charm. Our primary will love it!


  4. Susanne

    Hello!!! I just got called to presidency, will you still do sharing time ideas?!!! I was excited to use your great ideas?!! Thanks!!


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