Monday, October 21, 2019

Come Follow Me: 1 & 2 Thessalonians (October 21-27)

Thank you all for you kind words last week.  It was an unintended break but much needed :)  I need to be honest with all of you.  These last few months I have been struggling a lot with stress and trying to keep up with everything.  I have 5 young and busy kids, teach preschool a couple times a week, and try to keep up with this blog (not to mention all of the other household and church responsibilities).  I'm telling you this because something needed to change.  I had been praying for help and my answer came during General Conference. I need to simplify, even though many things are good I need to focus more on what is better or best and finally President Nelson's talk "examine your life meticulously and regularly. As you do so, the Holy Ghost will prompt you about what is no longer needful, what is no longer worthy of your time and energy...As you shift your focus away from worldly distractions, some things that seem important to you now will recede in priority. You will need to say no to some things, even though they may seem harmless. As you embark upon and continue this lifelong process of consecrating your life to the Lord, the changes in your perspective, feelings, and spiritual strength will amaze you!"  Since then I have been making many changes and shifting my priorities.  One of the big things that I have decided to adjust is the way I will be sharing my Come Follow Me activities.  While I do believe sharing is so good (and I love it so much) it is taking a lot of time away from things that are better for me and my family.  Don't worry I am not going away :)  I will still be sharing each week but in a much different way.  Instead of trying to cover everything and provide a ton of options I will now be offering one option. It will be more of an FHE post that can certainly be adapted for primary as well.  I'll be using the primary manual to pick the topic.  I think this will help my own children be more prepared for their Sunday lessons and help out our primary teachers that stop by.  I was just released from primary and know that it can be hard to teach many of these lessons so I will make sure it is something you can use as well.  I was called to nursery (yeah!) so I may be sharing some of my lesson ideas for the tiny ones :) So if you have nursery age kids or teach watch for that. One thing I really love about Come Follow Me is that it is open for us to pick the topic that works be for our family or class.  There is not a set topic or guide.  So the topic I pick may not be one you need.  If this is the case use the search bar on my blog.  I have been sharing for over a year now and there is a good chance there is an activity on one of the topics you need.  I know that was a lot and a big change and I hope these post will still help you and your family or class.  I appreciate all of you so much for stopping by each week and I'm excited for this change.


This week I am using the idea from the primary manual-it's the second suggestion under the first topic for younger children. To set up you will need a suitcase (or bag) and some items you would pack to take on a trip.  I would gather at least one per person.  Some items may included shirts, pants, socks, shampoo, brush, etc.  Explain to your family that when you go on a trip you have to prepare before you go by packing your suitcase.  Show them your suitcase and pile of supplies that needs to be packed.  Then explain that we also need to prepare for Jesus to Come again.  We do this by keeping the commandments.  Now work together to add each item to the suitcase.  As you add an item share a way you can prepare for the 2nd Coming (pray, read scriptures, help your mom), After the suitcase is packed share your testimony.  Pass out the 3 pages in the download to each person so they can create their own suitcase.  They can color and decorate the suitcase.  I cut mine out but you don't need to.  Then tape, staple or glue the bottom of the suitcase.  Cut out the shirts and draw a way you can prepare for the Savior's coming on the shirts.  These can be tucked inside their suitcase.  If they want to add some more ways you can provide more shirts, let them create their own items to add to the suitcase, or cut a piece of paper in half to provide more space to draw.  



That's all for this week.  Thank you for understanding the need for change and for stopping by.  If you have any questions for trouble with the download please let me know.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

I am sure you are here looking for the next week's come follow me lesson.  I'm really sorry but I will be skipping this week. Colds and other family obligations and responsibilities need to be my priority right now.  I appreciate all of you and hope to see you soon :)
-Crystal

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Come Follow Me: Ephesians (part 2) September 30–October 13

With General Conference we are covering Ephesians for 2 weeks.  Last week we talked about prophets and apostles and this week we are covering the rest.  I loved Conference and the special spirit that it brings to our home and the renewed commitment it brings to my heart.

As always I try to use the the individual and family and primary manual to direct my study and preparation.  
First we are going to learn more about the Armor of God. Ephesians 6:10–18 There is a great video in the individual and family manual that your family may enjoy. I made this cute labeling activity.  Print the knight of your choice and the page of labels and quotes.  The quotes come from the Friend article referenced in the primary manual.  As you read through the scriptures label the different parts of armor and read the quote that goes with it.  I'm hoping this will help my kids visualize what we are talking about.
 Next we are going to talk about ways we put on the armor of God.  They can decorate this shield with ways they can put on their armor.

Next up is a match game.  We are going to match up the different pieces of armor and try to avoid the dragon!  Print 2 of the game (preferably on cardstock).  Cut apart and flip over.  If you find a match you get to go again.  If you find one of the dragons your turn ends.  Try and find the 5 pieces of armor before you find both dragons (the breastplate and girdle are one one picture but make sure to mention both!).  The dragons represents obstacles or trials that we meet.  These are the reasons we need to make sure we put on the armor of God and that there are no weaknesses (there is a great quote that goes with this in the sunday school manual).  I love that president Uchtdorf mentioned facing dragons in his talk today.  If possible we may watch or read some of his talk this week :)

Next are a few activities that go with Ephesians 2:19. "Members of the Church should be friends and “fellowcitizens.” We are going to talk about ways we can be friends with the others in our class and ward.  I remember when I was a young teenager my family was called attend the Spanish branch in our town.  I did not really know anyone, did not speak Spanish, and it was difficult to leave my friends and ward.  I will forever be grateful for the kindness and love that the branch members showed me.  They opened their arms and hearts to me and my family.  I learned and grew so much from knowing them.  while I haven't seen them in years I still think of my branch family often miss them very much.  This is something I hope to teach my children.  To open their hearts to others and help others feel welcome and loved.  First I have a letter template they can write/draw a letter to a friend they missed at church.  If you are teaching primary this may be something you can to together as a class.  
 Another idea that is more for a primary class but can certainly be done at home is a get to know you game.  Before class print and assemble to dice.  Cut along the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines.  I like to tape mine together but glue would work too.  Sit in a circle and take turns rolling the dice.  Have the person answer the question with the coordinating color.  If they have already rolled that color let them roll again.
 this week would also be a great time to discuss or take the time to reflect on talks that were shared during General Conference.  I included a journal page for notes.
Last we are going to talk about obeying our parents.  Ephesians 6:1–3.  There  is a cute video in the primary manual about a little girl named Chloe.  It teaches why we need to obey and why we have rules.  Last year we had a lesson on obedience that I thought would go perfect with this topic.  I love the first story and the x marks the spot game.  You can find these and more ideas in this post.

That's all for this week!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  as always if you have any questions or trouble with the download please let me know :)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fun General Conference Activities for your little ones

I'm really excited to share some fun ideas to keep your little ones entertained and dare I say listen to General Conference.  Its a long time for little ones to sit and it can be difficult for you to hear the speakers if they do not have something to do.  There are so many amazing resources available with Conference themes that I didn't really want to reinvent the wheel (is that the right saying haha) and took a little bit of a different approach.  I did link to a ton of great ideas towards the end of the post as well.  My main goal with these activities is to keep the kids in the room and to hopefully listen.  You never know what will touch their hearts.  I decided to take some pictures of the activities in action this time instead of my normal digital images.  I'm not a photographer but hope they help.

The first activity is 2 puzzles.  Print and cut on the lines.


My kids love word searches so I did include one.


 This next activity will have your kids listening for key words.  If they hear that word they can color, cross out, use dot markers, etc in one circle.  See if they can fill out the whole page or turn it into a race and see which word is said the most.  (Words from top to bottom: Jesus Christ, prayer, temple, baptism, sacrament)


Another listening activity.  This time when they hear the word they can color the boxes with the correct number.  I know many can't read so I included a key with pictures as well. For example if they hear they word prophet.  They will color all of the number 4's.  To make it harder only let them color one box each time they hear the word.

The next two ideas go with our preparing for General Conference Hot Chocolate idea.  To stick with this theme I made some recipe cards.  You will need to gather some supplies but use what you have.  For the hot cocoa I used  brown pom poms, white poms for whip cream, mini marshmallows for marshmallows, and glass gems for sprinkles.  Again use what you have your kids won't care and will love it.  The idea is to pick a recipe card and count out the ingredient into the cup.  They can stir and pretend to drink it.  Then sort back into place and create another cup of hot chocolate.  My kids love these and it keeps them entertained for a while.





You can also open a Hot Chocolate shop.  There are some fun printables for them to play with.  I like to tape the open sign to the table.  The menu has a spot for them to write their prices.  The order form I laminate (or use a sheet protector) and they can write on it with a dry erase marker over and over again.  You can use with the recipe cards above, any play food your may have, or I might try some hot chocolate play dough I think i saw on pinterest once.



Speaking of playdough I have some fun playdough mats.  print, laminate (if possible), and then create the design right on top of the mat.





Last is the treat buckets.  This is not a new idea but I wanted to create some quick and easy labels to print (there are 6).  The idea is to have key words they are listening for and if they hear it they get a treat from that bucket.  I am really loving having a listening aspect to a lot of these activities.  I think I will use 3 the first day and the other 3 the second day to keep them on their toes and so they aren't completely stuffed with candy :)



We also love to have a puzzle going and I plan to make some fun fall desserts and we are still deciding on a craft.  It rarely goes as planned and that's okay. I just tuck the activities away for next time.  As always if you have any questions or trouble with the download please don't hesitate to ask.  Have a wonderful conference weekend :) 


If you are looking for some additional ideas here are some fun ideas
   This is what we've done in the past.  Find the details here.

I also wanted to share with you some fun ideas I found
Cute Activity Books found here 

Word Searches (there are a couple of options)  My kids love these!  found here


My kids would love this!  Idea found here
Cute Matching game and treat bags found here

Amazing list of activities found here

I've used these in the past and my kids liked them.   Found Here


Adorable Treat buckets found here


Melonheadz is a favorite of mine (I use a ton of her clipart).  She has this cute coloring page you can find here.



Awesome ideas for older kids & teens found here

and these coloring pages!  found here


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Come Follow Me: Ephesians (September 30–October 13) Part one Preparing for General Conference




Edit: Thank you for being patience with me again!  The post has been updated :)

I did not forget about Come Follow Me lesson helps but I was unexpectedly busy today and late as usual getting this posted :)  Ephesians will be studied over the next two weeks and I'm going to be posting the lesson helps/ideas in pieces over the next week.  Tonight I have a couple of ideas to help you teach Ephesians 2:19–22; 4:11–16. "The Church is founded on apostles and prophets, and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone." (individual and family manual) I love that this goes perfect with preparing for General Conference next weekend.  Tomorrow I will share an additional idea that works for this topic or can be used as more of a countdown-it will be added to this post (edit it has now been added).  Then Tuesday or Wednesday I'll be sharing some fun General Conference activities.  If you have any requests for me to make please let me know and I'll try and accommodate :)  Then Friday or Saturday I'll post lesson helps for the rest of Ephesians for you to use the following week.  

For Family Night we are going to talk about the importance of having a living prophet.  I found this article on churchofjesuschrist.org. I plan to share these quotes from President Uchtdorf and then the video clip on that page as well. I also included a journal page.  Older kids can share their testimony of the prophet, maybe thoughts on a favorite talk or any thing they want.  Younger kids may like to draw a picture of President Nelson or of something he has asked us to do.


We are also going to talk about way we can prepare for general conference.  I used this article as a reference. There are actually 11 ideas on the page but I narrowed it down 6 and hopefully picked ways your kids can participate as well.  This can be done as a family or individually.  


Before the lesson cut out the cup and hot chocolate pieces.  As a family start with number 1 and build the hot chocolate cup.  There is a page of quotes that go with this that you can also use.  You can finish your lesson with a delicious cup of cocoa OR use the checklist page turn this in to a week long activity.  The idea is to do each of these steps during the week and as the step is completed you will earn something to help them make a yummy treat to enjoy during General Conference.  In this case hot chocolate (I was going to do ice cream sundaes but it is freezing here so I switched it).  Print of the checklist and as the task is done circle the item you get to enjoy.  During conference have your hot cocoa bar set up and let your family members make their treat based on their preparation.  For example if you "dedicated yourself to truly listening" then you will get a cup or a mug or if you you prpared your home and cleared your schedule then you get whip cream.  The last one is a candy cane but you can use any topping-maybe sprinkles! Explain that General Conference will only be as special and meaningful if we prepare ourselves to listen to the messages and act on the prompting we receive.  If we put little effort into it we will receive little just like with our hot chocolate if we only add an ingredient or two our hot chocolate their won't be much to it.

I'm not sure if my explanation made much sense so please don't hesitate to ask any questions!  I will be including some fun printables and activities to go along with this theme in the Conference pack.


To help with studying past talks I included this activity.  This is another one that can be used in one night or spread through out the week.  Print the leaves and the quotes (glue or tape the matching cards back to back).  I plan to pick 1-3 a day and read the quote.  This will be in place of our normal scripture study.  If you would like to use these to learn more about the apostles and prophet you can find some fun fact cards in the fishing post linked below.  You can hide the leaves around the house and have your family collect them, maybe add paper clips and a magnetic fishing pole to gather the leaves, or you can keep it simple and place them in a bowl.  I did include a basket that you can cut, fold, and tape the sides.  This would be a fun way to store and save your leaves.  I also included some planning sheets.  I like to use these with my kids and let them plan an fhe.  I know some of you do mini devotionals so I added that option and I added a page for personal study.  Use what works for you. 

That's everything for now :)  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.  Also quickly send in any requests for activities!  See you soon.




additional ideas here

and here






Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Science Camp Activity Days


This was a really fun activity we did for activity days but it also works for any type of science camp or fun family or class activity.  It covers the requirements on education.  I will admit this one did take a little bit of set up time but it was so much fun.  Here's my quick outline and on the bottom my two outdoor experiments we did.  
The coloring pages I used can be found here. The video clip can be found here.  The handout is included in the download at the end of this post.

I had all of the science centers set up in the kitchen.  We had 4 stations.  Each station had the supplies and a cute card like this with the instruction.  (Included in the download-print, cut the cards apart, and fold in half).  This worked really well so the girls could do the experiment more independently and not wait on me to explain each one.  Also they worked in groups of two or three and this was much better then trying to do all of them together.  We had three groups and they rotated to the next station as they finished.

We made applesauce slime



erupting lemons


skittles experiment

colorful baking soda

Outside as a group we made exploding bags
 and the famous diet coke and mentos experiment.  I did buy this to make it easier.