Thursday, July 18, 2019

Big Bad Wolf Blow Art

Last week we had our Fairy Tales mini camp and it was so much fun.  One of their favorite activities was this big bad wolf craft project.  I love that it gave them freedom to create and also a chance to try a new painting technique.
Seriously how cute is this picture!

We started by drawing/creating a house on one side of our paper.  I set out crayons, makers, colored paper, scissors, and glue.  They were able to use any of the supplies to create their house.

Then we cut, colored and glued the wolf to the opposite side of our paper.
 Next add a few drops of liquid water colors (affiliate link)  between the wolf and the house (closer to the wolf so you have room to blow.)  Use a straw and blow the paint towards the house.  Your little ones will have so much fun watching the paint spread as they blow it like the big bad wolf.
 Here are a few more finished projects.

Want to create your own?  Grab this download.  It has instructions, material list, and the wolf template for free!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Come Follow Me: Acts 10-15 (July 15-21)

Good Morning!  I hope you are having a wonderful summer weekend :)  Today I have some fun lesson helps to go with Come Follow Me for the week of July 15-21.  We are covering Acts 10-15.  There are so many stories in these chapters it was hard to narrow down.  I hope you find something that will work for your family or primary class.

Acts chapter 10 we are going to talk about revelation (for the church and ourselves) and that Heavenly Father loves all of his children.  Peter was the prophet at the time and he had a vision revealing that they should teach the gospel to everyone.

Revelation-I thought President Nelson's talk from April 2017 goes perfect with this theme. He talks about revelation for the church (towards the beginning of the talk) and revelation for ourselves (2nd half of the talk).

I have used this talk a couple of times and this  game would be great for this week.

Option one Board Game Find this game here

Option 2-Same idea but life size board (find it here)

In this weeks download I included some bookmarks with the steps from the game.  it is the perfect size for scriptures.

9th Article of Faith is about revelation.  Cut the words apart and see if you can put them in the right order.  You can also work on memorizing it by taking a word or two out as a time. Update:  I forgot one of the "that"s but the file has now been updated.  I snuck it in that empty spot so I wouldn't have to redo the whole page.  Thank you to the sweet reader that caught my error :)

Acts 10:34–35 Jesus Loves all of his children. "In Peter’s time some people believed that God loved only some groups of people, but Peter learned that God loves all of His children, and He wants all of them to learn the gospel." (primary manual)

In the Manual it said  "It might be interesting to try a simple activity for the next few days: Whenever you interact with someone, try to think to yourself, “This person is a child of God.” As you do this, what changes do you notice in the way you think about and interact with others?"  I thought this would be a great challenge to try for the week.  I included a page to write or draw some of your experiences or feelings.

I love using songs to teach.  This week we are going to learn the song "I'll walk with you."  Print and cut the cards apart.  I like to hole punch and use a book ring to bind.  After we are done I put it in our church bag and my kids love looking at our mini books during sacrament meeting.  I did include a black and white version so you they can make their own mini books.  If anyone is interested in full pages for this song let me know and I'll add it.
Coloring page and question page.

Acts 11:26

In one of President Nelson's General Conference talks he talked about the importance of using the full name of our church.  I thought this went well with Acts 11:26 (they were called Christians). I found This great page in the friend a while back.  I took the wording from the friend and turned it into a game.  To start-if possible read or play some of President Nelson's talk.  I love to use any chance I can to have the children hear the prophet speak. There are a few different spots that would work well.  One suggestion would be after the first list where it says "Joseph Smith did not name the church..." Okay now on to the game. You will need to print the picture of the prophet, the question and answer cards, and the 5 quote bubbles.

Cut the question cards apart.  Mix them up and set them in a pile.

Cut out the Answer cards and glue to the back of the corresponding quote bubble.  

 Place the quote bubbles with number side facing outward on a wall or the floor.  Now you are ready to  play.  Have two players stand next to each other (in front of the numbers or across the pick).  Draw a card and read the question, then the number below it.  Have to two people race to find the correct number and slap it.  The first person it hit it wins.  Read the answer on the back and place next to picture of President Nelson.  There is not a question card for number 5.  It is a quote from the talk.  You can have someone pick it up and read it or you can have them race to it as well.

Here are a couple of coloring pages to go with this topic.  The page with the church has space for the kids to draw a picture of themselves going to church.

I love the story of the angel helping Peter escape from prison (in Acts 12:1–17) I included some cute character hats that can be used to act out the story.  This would also be a good time to teach about Heavenly Father answering our prayers and why we pray for others.

UPDATE:  I had a reader request this quote.  It is now included in the download.  You can also right click on the picture below and save to your computer.  This way you can resize or send it to your favorite print shop.  Please remember all of my printables are for personal use only :)

 That's it for this week.  If you have an questions or have trouble with the download please let me know.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Come Follow Me: Acts 6-9 (July 8-14)

Hello and sorry I'm so late this week.  We are in the middle of our week long family reunion at my house so thinks have been a little crazy.  I was hoping to have this done ahead of time but with the prepping it just didn't happen.  So I've been working on it a little at a time during a few minutes of down time/its super early or late so everyone is sleeping.  With that being said I am going to post this week in pieces.  Today I have a couple activities ready and tomorrow I'm hoping to finish up.  So check back because I'll be updating this post as I go.  I hope you all had a wonderful 4th and thanks for being here :)

UPDATE: I was finally able to update the file.  My internet stopped working yesterday but I think we are finally good to go :)  So this activity can be used as one big night or break it up into several.  It just depends on how much time, attention span, or whatever works for your family.  In the Come Follow Me for individuals and family it suggests reading Elder Uchtdorf's talk Waiting on the Road to Damascus.  I love how it makes the story of Saul so relatable  to our lives. He talks about reasons we may be stuck in our own conversion and what we can do to take the steps towards the path of discipleship.

This first page you are going to use to record the 4 different steps he mentions in the talk.  You will use this as you go.  For example you'll do the activity for the first step, read the quote, and write down the step on the bottom stone.  They are numbered and listed in the download.

Begin Summarizing the story-you can use the sequence board at the bottom of this post.  Then move to number 1.  Each step has an activity and quotes.  I placed the activities right behind the instruction page it goes with.  Here's a sample.

 #1 This is the puzzle-you just need to print and cut it out.  I like to hide my pieces around the room just for fun.

#2 This journal page.  There is also an optional story from the talk that you can use if you have time.  These journal pages can be adapted for little ones by turning it into a family journal or let them draw and color a way they can grow closer to the Savior.
 #3-Once they complete one of the tasks in the hearts they can color it in.  We do not want to limit their service so I added some little hearts they can color in as they continue to serve others.  For example-do the dishes with out being asked.  They can color in the heart that says helped someone in the family or one of the little hearts.
 4. Is all about sharing our testimonies.  You can use the cute coloring pages to emphasis ways we can be a missionary now. Have them write or draw a few ways they can do that.  There is a girl option as well.

To finish up this activity share and display this final quote.  I love leaving these printables up for a couple of weeks as a reminder of the things we are learning and to encourage us to continue using doing those things.

In the first couple of chapters we read about 2 great disciples.  The first is Stephen.  He stood up for the truth even though he knew his life was in danger.  Phillip followed a prompting and helped someone learn the gospel.  Use this page to think of ways we can follow Stephen and Phillip's examples.
I thought this game would be great for the story of Stephen.  Click here to download (ignore the last page)

I loved the idea in the primary manual for the story of Phillip.   It suggests you push two chairs together to create a chariot and act out the story.   
If you haven't already made these missionary badges or necklaces it would be a great follow up activity.  You can find and print them here.

This idea goes with the story of Simon.  He wanted to pay the apostles for the priesthood.  I created some props to go with the idea in the primary manual. I did tweak the idea just a little bit.  Pass out some play money to each child (included in the download-maybe print on colored paper).  The set up the objects for purchase around the room. Add price tags (optional).  Let the kids go shopping and buy the item with their money.  After brainstorm together some special gifts that can not be bought with money (testimony, priesthood, priesthood blessings, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, temple blessings, family, etc)

Update: Black and white option now included. Saul story board.  Use these pictures to tell the story of Saul went from making bad choices and persecuting those in the church to becoming a great missionary.  You can use them as puppets or add Velcro and use with the sequencing chart.  

That's it for now.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.  Also I'll be back with a few more ideas for this week later tomorrow.  Thanks for being so understanding and see you soon :)
Update: Thank you so much for being so understanding during this crazy week. You all are the best!  The post isn't pretty but hopefully there are some fun ideas to help you as you teach your family or primary class the gospel.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Come Follow Me: Acts 1-5 (July 1-7)

I'm really excited for this weeks activities and hope you find something that works for your primary class or family.  This week for Come Follow Me we are covering Acts 1-5.  You can find the lesson here.  All of the free lesson helps can be found in the download at the end of this post.

"Jesus Christ leads His Church through prophets and apostles.

Learning about how the Savior led His ancient Church through apostles can help the children gain testimonies of prophets and apostles in our day." (primary Manual)
We are going to use one of the suggestions of playing a match game with the current prophet and apostles.  Print the 3 pages on cardstock.  Cut the cards apart.  Place the cards upside down and take turns drawing 2 at a time. If you get a match read a fact about that person.  You can find a bunch of facts and a fishing game in this post.

To follow up with the match game we are going to talk about some of the things the prophet and apostle teach us.  There is a poster page and a page of circles.  Print and cut out the circles and place them in a bag.  Take turns drawing a circle now you can either share what is on the circle or use it to play pictionary or charades.  After glue or tape the circle to the poster and use it as a cute reminder of the lesson through out the week.

 To teach the story of Peter and John healing the lame man we are going to use narrators and actors.  Print the story, and the page of people.  Cut the people out.  Now you can either punch a hole in the top and add yarn to create necklaces that your actors can wear OR attach them to Popsicle stick and use for a puppet show.  I also just added a clapper board (I think that's what its called).  Cut the bottom and top piece out.  Attach with a brad so it can open and close.  Let some one use it and yell action and cut before and after you begin.  I've done this with my primary class and they think its the greatest thing :)
Acts 2:1-8 talks about the gift of tongues.  I thought it would be fun to review the 7th Article of Faith.  I included a fill in the blank page and you can talk about spiritual gifts.  Ask them what they think the gift of tongues is and who has this gift.

To keep going with this theme we are going to learn the song "Children all over the World" from the primary song book.   Its a lot of fun to learn how to say thank you in a few different languages.  I also included some fun puzzles.  To put the puzzles together you will need to find the language, a country that speaks that language, and the word thank you in that language.  There are two versions of the puzzles.  One is a self check puzzle and the other one is harder because all of the pieces will fit together.  I know some of your little ones can't read so use the self check one and you can read the words to them.  The final activity was inspired by my 11 year olds love for research.  Its just a simple country research paper.  Have your kids pick a country-maybe one you or someone you know served a mission.  Write the country under all about.  The research or ask some one what language they speak, how to say different phrases in that language, and then a few fun facts.  It would be really fun to present your findings to your family.

That's it for this week.  As always thank you so much for stopping by and if you have any questions or trouble with the download please let me know :)

Friday, June 21, 2019

Come Follow Me: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20–21 (June 24-30)

Here are a few free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps for June 24-30 covering Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21.   The download is available at the bottom of this post.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Print the board game, Sheep, and grass cards. Cut the sheep and the mouth out.  Glue to a box or a bag and cut the mouth shape out.  Cut the grass cards apart.  After you read John 21 discuss what Jesus meant when he said "feed my sheep"  Use a button (or any game piece) for each person.  Roll a dice and move the correct number of spaces.  If you land on a grass piece share a way you can "feed Jesus's sheep".  You can write it on the back of the grass card or just share it.  Feed the card to the sheep.  The first person to the barn wins.  Try to do a few of the ideas you came up with during the week.

In this chapter Jesus calls Simon by name and asks if he loves him and gives the instruction to feed his sheep.  Our Savior asks us the same thing.  For this coloring page have your kids write their name on the line and talk about ways you can feed his sheep.
This is from last General Conference.  I loved this analogy and think its a great way to teach about the atonement.  After gather some supplies and make a parachute!  I think this idea looks fun.

This is a fun object lesson to teach about the Resurrection.  Wrap and empty box and attach the gift tag included in the download.  Tell your kids inside the box there is something that represent one of the greatest gifts we've ever been given.  When they open the box and find it empty talk about the empty tomb and the gift the Savior gave to us.

You can use these puppets to retell the story.  Attach a brad to the rock and connect to the tomb so you can roll it open and closed.  I also included a smaller set that the kids can color and create their own.

These cards can be used in a couple different ways to teach about the experience of those that saw Jesus after he was Resurrected.  I thought it would be fun to play a guessing game for example give clues to help them guess what person/people you are talking about.  Another idea would be to pass out a person to each family member (or group) and have them read about that persons experience.  Then share what they learned with the group.

After learning about Thomas's experience talk about what it means to have faith.  How do we have faith in Jesus even though we can not see him?  You can use this coloring page to draw or write ways we can feel our Saviors love.