Saturday, June 15, 2019

Come Follow Me: Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19 (June 17-23)

This week for Come Follow Me we are covering the trial and Crucifixion of the Savior (Matthew 27Mark 15Luke 23John 19).  My plan for this week is a little different.  I'm not sure if its summer and I'm hoping to do a little activity each day or if its because this can be a hard topic to teach little ones. So this week I have a story with a craft or activity for each topic.  I'm hoping this will help my little ones understand the importance and the difficulty of what Jesus did for us.  As I was studying the thought kept coming to my mind that He really does love me and I'm hoping to get that message across to my kids.  I really want to teach these sad events in a way that is appropriate for their age but also teach them the importance of what happened and that even in these final hours he still showed us the perfect way to live.

There are several videos in the primary manual

The Trial-If you have followed me for a while then you might now how much I love Elder' Uchtdorf's talk "Behold The Man"  At Easter (and next week) I like to share the first part of his talk.  This week we are going to use the part under the title "Do we "Behold the Man?"  He shares the events in a way that's easy to understand and then asks the question do we "behold the man?"  read through until the last 2 paragraphs (they are in bold).  For this part you are going to use the other page as you read this part.  2 ideas-The first is to cut along all the lines and carefully tape to a picture of Jesus.  As you read the lines take the paper off to uncover parts of the picture.  Pull off "behold the man" last to reveal the full picture.  2nd idea- There is an extra page in the download that is blank except for a line that says glue.  In the blank area your kids can draw a picture of a way they can follow the Savior.  Cut the first page along the horizontal lines.  Glue the "behold the man" part to the picture page where it says glue.

The Crucifixion:
Parable of the Push-ups- Start with a push-up contest.  Share the story.  Finish by making or eating donuts.  This is such a great way for kids to visualize the difficulty of the task Jesus faced and he did it for everyone.  It reminds me of quote from Elder Uchtdorf's talk  "He did this for all who believe in Him.  He did this for all who do not believe in Him. He did this even for those who mock, revile, and curse His name."

I remember hearing this book (affiliate link) years ago and purchased it for this week.   It tells the story of Christ's life from the perspective of the 3 trees.  Its a beautiful and sweet story.
In the beginning the 3 trees share their dream or wish of what they want to become.  You can use the page included and let your kids share their wish or dream for the future.  Another idea would be to do a fun tree craft. Maybe this one or this one.

Jesus Forgave-The words for this came from last years primary manual.  This would be a great way to share the scripture story and events.  We are also going to talk about forgiveness this week and this leads in perfectly.  There are small story cards that you can print or you can print the large pages.  Another option would be to save in and show the pages on your computer or phone.

The Pebble of Forgiveness-This is a story from the friends.  Read or summarize.  Try the activity in the story and have everyone place a pebble in their shoe.  Try walking around.  How does it feel? 
Another fun activity would be to paint rocks.  Display in a place that they will see them often and be reminded of the importance to forgive others.

Calvin's Awesome Space Jet-This is another story from the friend.  After you read it talk about Calvin's reaction.  Then pull out some blocks or legos and build your own awesome creation!

Download Activities here and Scripture story here

Friday, June 7, 2019

Come Follow Me: Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18 (June 10-16)

This week we are covering Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, & John 18 during our Come Follow Me lessons.  All of the printables are in a free download at the end of this post.  The next few weeks we are covering the last few days of Christ's life and then his Resurrection. I've loved diving a little deeper with each event and I know my testimony has been strengthened. I do think some of these topics can be a little harder to teach younger children (even older children). My hope is you will find something that will help you teach your family about the great love our Heavenly Father and Savior have for us.  

The Last Supper:  This is a great time to teach about the sacrament.  We had a lesson last year on this topic and I thought a lot of the activities I made for that would be perfect for this week.  

Bible Video: Minute 2:20-3:24is . There are also two other great options in the primary manual.

 Cut apart and fold the words back so your kids can't see them. Read or tell the story of the last supper and when you get to the part about the bread pause and ask them if they know what it represents.  Do the same for the water.  After they answer the question you can unfold the paper and read that statement.  

This is also a good time to learn a few ways we can be more reverent during the Sacrament.  One way is to think of a favorite story about Jesus.  Take a few minutes and have the children draw a picture of their favorite story.  Then have everyone share their picture and story so we'll have lots of story ideas to think about during the Sacrament.  It would also be fun to compiled in a book that can be looked at during the Sacrament.

Older Kids may like to write down some stories, scriptures, or songs.  This printable and be cut and tucked inside their scriptures for easy reference. 

Reverence can be hard so here's a great way to review how we can be reverent during the sacrament.  Print out the Question page (the page with the boy) and print and cut the circles on the next page.  Place the circles in a bag and have the children take turns drawing them.  After ask if they have any ideas and write them on your page.

Here's another activity to teach more about being reverent during the Sacrament. Print and cut out the cards.  Take turns picking a card and decide if its something we should or should not think or do during the sacrament.  If it's something good have them give you a thumbs up or if its something we should do have them do a thumbs down or think of a different action like smiling and frowning. 

Mini coloring book with the lyrics to the song.  Print one for each child.  Cut the pages apart and bind either with staples or  hole punch the top corner and bind with a book ring or ribbon. They can color and make the book during the week and read during the Sacrament OR create the book now but let them color it during the Sacrament.

Primary suggestions: If you have an older class they can cut and staple the books together during class.  For younger classes I would have it ready ahead of time.  If you are like me and have a few kids that are not real interested in making one for themselves (this could also read as a couple of 8 year old boys that have no interest in any of my coloring activities haha)  encourage them to make one for their younger siblings. My hope is that they will bring this little book to church with them and look through it during Sacrament meeting.

Sacrament Puzzle: Print and cut into 5 puzzle pieces-make sure you have one question on each puzzle piece. Make sure you have one question per puzzle piece.  Place pieces on the table or hide around the room.  Answer the questions and put the puzzle together.  (B&W version also included)

A cute visual for the week :)

Garden Of Gethsemane: Often we focus on our Savior suffering for our sins but he also suffered for all of our pain and saddness.  "Explain that Jesus, in some way that we do not fully understand, felt all the pain and sadness that everyone has ever felt. This means that He can help us feel better when we feel sad, hurt, or upset." (Primary Manual)I love the following two quotes:

Elder Bednar explain The Savior has suffered not just for our sins and iniquities—but also for our physical pains and anguish, our weaknesses and shortcomings, our fears and frustrations, our disappointments and discouragement, our regrets and remorse, our despair and desperation, the injustices and inequities we experience, and the emotional distresses that affected us.
There is no physical pain, no heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice (see Alma 34:14), He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

I love how sister Linda S. Reeves explained this-our Savior has taken upon Himself not only all our sins but also our pains and our suffering and afflictions so that He can know what we feel and how to comfort us.

Bible Video-found here.  For little ones this animated one is a good option.

Gethsemane song: This is one of my favorite Primary songs and a great way to talk about the events of the atonement.  I love this sweet version or this one from

I love the story President Hinckley shared years ago about a new teacher and two students named Tim and John.  He called it a modern day parable of sorts.  I think this story really helps illustrate what our Savior did for us.  He took our spot and "took our licking for us"  He did what we could not do for ourselves. 

Coloring Page: I felt my Savior's love coloring page.  There is a quote from the song "Gethsemane" and a spot to write or draw a picture about a time you felt the Savior's love.

I can follow the Savior's example game: Jesus provided the perfect example for us.  When asked to do a unimaginably hard thing the Savior did what Heavenly Father needed him to do.  There are times when we are asked to do hard things.  Things we may not want to do or are scared to do.  We can follow the Saviors example and respond with "Not my will but thine."  Another important part of this story is that Heavenly Father did not leave him but sent an angel to help strengthen him.  
After you share this part of the story you can play this fun game that also works as a great review.  Its simple.  On a players turn they can share one way they can or have follow the Saviors example.  After they answer they roll a dice and move the correct number of spaces.  Then its the next person turn.  The first person to make it to the finish line wins.  
To set up: print and tape the two pieces of the board together.  You will also need a game marker for each person (buttons or other game pieces work great) and a dice. 
If someone is having a hard time coming up a way they can follow the Christ's example remind them of some of the lessons we've had recently-how have they served someone, shown love to a neighbor, helped a stranger, blessed or helped someone, read the scriptures, shared the gospel, etc.

That's it for this week!  I hope you find something that works for your family or primary class.  As always if you have any questions or trouble downloading a file or find a mistake please let me know!  Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Come Follow Me: John 13-17 (June 3-9)

This week for Come Follow Me we are covering John 13-17.  This went really well with two of my primary lessons from last year so I am reusing a lot of those activities.  They are kind of my favorite so I'm excited about that.  I'd love to know what activities work for your family and what you would like to see more of.  I'll try super hard to work those things in these lessons.  Oh and if you happen to have any pictures or something that worked for you pop in and share on my facebook page or tag me on instagram (and while you're at it someone give me a lesson on how to use instagram haha).  Anyway I'd LOVE to see you and your family :)  You are all the greatest and thanks for stopping by!

Love One Another Tic Tac Toe: Print out your tic tac toe board, the page of x's and o's, and question cards.  I recommend cardstock for durability. Divide the class into two teams.  One side will be the x's and the other the o's.  The teams will take turns picking and answering a question.  If they get it correct they will place their X or O on the board.  First to get 3 in a row wins.  There are enough cards and some blank ones that it can be played a few times.

Coloring pages: I have three options for you. I have some extra ideas for these two pages.  The first can be colored and cut into puzzle pieces.  Hide around the room.  Let your kids find them and work together to put the pieces together.  You can also make one for each person so they can have their now puzzle.  The second page is a fill in the blank coloring page.  Help your kids answer the question "I can show love by..." and write their answers in the hearts.  The third page is just a regular coloring page :)

Sing or watch this video of the song "Love One Another."

This would be a great activity to start the week!  Letter Hunt: I hope this activity will help the children see that Jesus served others throughout his life. 
Prep-print and cut out letters. I also suggest that you bring pictures that go with each example if available.

 There are a few ways you can do this:

1. Treasure hunt and follow clues around your home or church. On the back write the clues to each spot-one reverence suggestion would be to have the clue on a separate piece of paper that way they are not leaving to find the next clue before you are ready for them to go. And Hide your clues before class- try to mix up the order of the letters.
*I did not include clues because I’m terrible at coming up with them haha .  You will need one to start and I suggest before the last clue is given say something to let them know there is only one left. Some sample clues: This is where you go if you get thirsty, Lights out its time for bed, The final clue can be found if you need a little shade. You can get a lot more creative with these…did I mention that clue writing is not a talent of mine 😊

(example of how to start your lesson)
While on earth Jesus provided the perfect example of how we should live. As we follow him we become more like him. Read John 13:15 (mini printable included). Today we are going to follow the clues and discover what he is asking us to do. At this point give the first clue. Quietly walk to the first spot and let them look for the letter. Once found read the example on the front. Ask your family/class if they can tell you the story-show the picture if you brought one. Once done read the next clue. Don’t forget to take the letter with you. Continue until all the letters have been found. Take the letters back to class and work together to put them in order to spell “service”.

This would be a great time to tell the story of Jesus Washing the disciples feet or watch this video (about the first 50 seconds-we'll cover the Last Supper next week). You can pick up again at minute 3:30 to hear him teach the 12 to love one another and additional parts of these chapters.

Story Cards-in last years primary manual there was a story about Joseph Fielding Smith serving his mom.  I included the story and some cute story cards.  Print the cards and cut apart.

Service Go Fish or matching game: Each picture corresponds with a question or scenario.  In both games when the full set of matches are found ask the question that goes with the card.  For the match game print 2 of each page on cardstock.  Take turns finding a match.  Go fish will take a little more time to play but it will be something fun and new.  You will need to print 4 of each page on cardstock.  The instruction are in the download in case you need a refresher.  *If you are short on time OR have young kids print 2 instead of 4 sets for the go fish game.  I played this with my class last year and they loved it!  I look forward to pulling out this week and playing with my kids.

"super server" cards: Print and let your  kids color and pass out as they serve (or leave anonymously).  Let them know as they serve others they are like a super hero to the person they help.  There is a boy and a girl option with 4 cards per sheet.  These are black and white and made to be colored.  Print one page per child.  My 5 year old helped me color these samples on the computer-I think she did pretty good!

I love this video clip .  It from the Church's Light the World initiative.  Its a pretty amazing way to show the Saviors examples of service next to ways we can serve like him.

I also love this video clip called Dayton's Legs.  Another great video about service.

Holy Ghost Match Game:  I will admit I have camping activities swirling through my head and as a result we are playing a camping themed game to learn more about the Holy Ghost.  Its a fun matching game using camping supplies to learn ways the Holy Ghost helps us. Lets fill our backpack with these tools so we can recognize the Holy Ghosts presences in our life.   Print the 3 pages on cardstock or back with construction paper.    Mix the cards up and play like a regular match game EXCEPT if you pick an animal card your turn is over. You don't want to take any animals home in your bag! Pull the animal card out and the next player tries to find a match.  Once a match of camping supplies is found think of a way it relates to the Holy Ghost.  See if you can find all 6 matches before all of the animals are found!  How fun would it be to finish the night with smores!
(UPDATE: I've added an extra page to include a flashlight and some more animals if you want to use them.  It came as a request and she plans to use it to teach that the Holy Ghost can be like a light to guide us)

As always if you have any questions or trouble with the download please let me know.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

20 Fun Holidays to Celebrate with your kids in June

Its just about summer break for us and I can't wait. I love the slower pace, free time, and of course my kids being home.  My hope is this holiday calendar will spark some really fun ideas for a summer full of memories. I've found if I can start them off with one activity they will often find fun ways to play all day instead of heading towards the tv or complaining about being bored.  It takes a little effort on my part but it is so worth it.

Download a copy of the calendar, print, and display.  You do not need to celebrate all of them (we probably won't) just pick and choose what works for you and your family.

I'll be posting ideas as I finalize my plans and also as we celebrate some of these holidays.  My hope is that this will be something fun for your family and a way to create some special memories.  I'd love to hear your ideas and see pictures of your celebrations!

Humpty Dumpty Bingo

My kids love to play bingo and it is such a great learning tool.  This time we added a little something extra.  We raced to see if we could get a bingo before Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall (aka the jenga blocks tipped over). 

To play we stacked our jenga blocks and taped a plastic egg to the top.
 Print your bingo boards and cards.  There are 3 sets of cards-print and use the ones that work for the concept you are teaching.  Cards included:capital letters, lower case letters, initial sounds.  Cut the cards apart and stack in a pile.  

 Take turns drawing a card.  Find the letter that matches on your board.  

BUT if you get a humpty dumpty falling card you have to pull a jenga block!
 Set the block aside and keep going.

 Maybe someone will get a bingo
 or maybe humpty dumpty will fall!
 This is a fun game with a lot of learning happening!  

That face when the tower fell still cracks me up :)