Friday, August 16, 2019

Come Follow Me: 1 Corinthians 1-7 (August 19-25)

This week we are busy with family and fun! I've been away from my computer all week but was able to put a quick plan for my family that I thought some of you may be interested in.  I apologize for not having my regular style of post full of activities but hope you understand :)

 My body is like a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19).  This month the Friend (New Era & Ensign) have so many great articles on this subject.  We are going to be using a couple of articles and activities from the Friend to discuss this subject. I really feel that the articles this month were an answer to my prayers.  They cover everything in an appropriate and easy to discuss way.
Here's what I'm going to do:
Temple/Body game: found here
Quiz:found here
Story: Done with Swim Team! found here  I really love this story.  It is a great way to discuss body image and also treating other kindly.  My kids start school next week and these are two topics that I really want to discuss before we go back.  In the story the mom writes down a quote for her daughter from President Nelson.  The young girl puts it on her mirror as a reminder that her body is special, like a temple.  I thought it would be great to create a printable that we could put on our bathroom mirror as a reminder for my girls.  If you would like to print one as well right click on the image and save to your computer.  You can print from home or send to your favorite printing place.  If printing at home I like to copy and paste in a word document and size to fit my needs. Then print. Another tip to save ink is use the draft setting on your printer. It is sized as a 5x7.

A couple of years ago we did an activity days lesson on the topic of loving and accepting yourself.  It was one of my favorites.  I plan to share the two videos I linked (I LOVE both of them) and also the activity you see in the picture below.  (you can find the post here)

One Other ideas would be to play a temple match game.  I have one for you here.

That's all for this week. I'll be back next week with my regular posts. I hope you are all having a wonderful rest of the summer :)  Thanks for stopping by!  -Crystal

Monday, August 12, 2019

2020 Calendar (Free Printables)

Some of you have been asking for a 2020 version of these calendars and today I finally have them ready for you :)  School is just around the corner and I love using these calendars to help me keep me organized.  (2019 Calendar can be found here if you need it).

Friday, August 9, 2019

Come Follow Me: Romans 7-16 (August 12-18)

I feel like the weeks are flying by!  Its is alreay time for the next Come Follow Me lesson.  I have a ton of free helps for you to teach your family or primary class Romans 7-16.  I have found since moving from the 4 gospels and even Acts these chapters to be more difficult to understand.  I'm so grateful for the lesson manuals in helping guide my study this week.  Also there are SO many topics in these chapters.  I narrowed it down to a few (again based on the study guides) but there is no way we will get through even half of the ideas below.  I may have gone a little crazy this week :)  Just a reminder all of the printables are available for free in one giant download at the end of this post. 

Our first topic is judging others.: (Romans 14) There are 2 videos at the end of the Individual and Family lesson that are awesome.  I included a printable to go with the first one and the 2nd one is a little silly and a great message.

 Okay please don't think I'm crazy (I may be but just go with me for a second haha) we are going to use the story of Beauty and the Beast to talk about how judging off of first impressions can give us an inaccurate view of a person.  I was looking for a story I had read as a youth (unfortunately I couldn't) but I ran across this fhe idea that sparked this whole idea.  Start off by asking your kids some questions like what did Belle think of the beast the first time she saw him?  What did the beast think of her?  Where they right or wrong?  What changed their perception of that person?  We are then going to play a guessing game based on the idea of "you can't judge a book by its cover."  There are 6 books (I did include black and white for those interested), and one rose.  Cut all of the pieces out.  Lay the 6 books in a row.  Have someone close their eyes and hide the rose under one of the books.  The person then opens their eyes and tries to guess what book the rose is hidden under.  If time watch your favorite Beauty and the Beast Movie.  I included some fun popcorn boxes for the occasion-there are instructions in the download.

Another fun way to teach this same concept is to play "Don't Eat Pete!" or choose :)  There were conflicting opinions on which name should be used so we'll let you pick which board you print. If you've never played here's a quick how to:  Print off the board game...cardstock works best.  Place one piece of candy (candy corn, m&m's, Cheerios, or whatever you have) on each person.  Send one person to out of the room and quietly decided which one is going to be Pete for that round.  Lets say you pick the one in the center.  Have the person come back into the room and eat one of the pieces of candy off each person UNTIL they pick up the one chosen as Pete (in this case the one in the center).  When they pick up this candy everyone yells "Don't eat Pete!" and their turn ends.  Add candy to the ones taken on the last turn and play as many times as you want picking a new Pete each time.  
*To teach the concept that its impossible to judge a person just by looking at them you can give them 1 clue before they start grabbing candy.  It will be something like this person likes to draw.  (There are no correct answers it could be any of them :) 

The next topic comes from Romans 8:16-18.  We are talking about being children of God.  In the primary manual it mentioned a talk by Sister Dalton.  I loved everything about it and think it is perfect for my older girls to read and study this week (11 &13). I look forward to studying it more closely as well.  I included some printables to go along with this talk.

I did include this talk in the download for convince as I print and I also included the talk with a page at the end for notes.  One of my daughters needs the print a little larger  so this works for me.  You can always read or print from the church's website.  Another tip if you print it 2 to a page it will give you larger margins to take notes and save you paper.

This was one of the questions asked in the primary manual.  This would be such a great discussion for your family or primary class.  You can put it on a chalkboard and write the answers below or write the answers directly on the paper.  It can also be used to display maybe on your fridge for the week to keep it in our mind during the week.

For the little ones you can teach them what it means to be an heir.  Then make and decorate crowns.

Romans 8:35-39 These ideas go along with the 2nd idea in the primary manual (for the younger kids).  It suggests using the warmth of the sun to explain how we can feel our Heavenly Fathers love for us.  

These are from an old post but work perfectly for this lesson:  I have a friend that teaches her child a new song each week.  I thought that was such a great way to teach the gospel.  I know my little guy LOVES to sing so this is perfect for him.  This week I included Song Cards to go with the song My Heavenly Father Loves Me.  Print and cut the pages apart.  I had a few ideas for these: 1. use a book ring to create a mini book that you can easily flip through as you sing. Also makes a great sacrament book  2. Tape the pictures to a board so you can see them all week and makes an easy visual when practicing the words  3. As you learn the song try removing a card at a time and see if your kids remember the words.

You can also make this adorable sun craft.  Color or print the circle that says "Heavenly father loves me" on yellow paper.  I only included one triangle.  Use this for a template.  It will be much quicker to cut a stack of paper then trying to cut one at a time.  The 2nd circle has pictures that go along with the first verse of the song.  Have your little one color the pictures and cut the circle out.  Now you are going to glue the triangle to the back of the page with the pictures.  Place the first circle (with opening) on top of the circle with the pictures.  Use a brad to connect in the center.  Now you can spin the pictures around to see a different part of the song as you sing.  

 Romans 15:4 In the Individual and Family manual it suggest having family members share some of their favorite scriptures after studying this verse.  I decided to create a template for you to make your own mini book of favorite scriptures.  You can do this as a family or individuals.  Print and cut the cards apart (I recommend cardstock).  To bind I would use a hole punch and a book ring.  I think this would be something that can become very special to a person.  Keep it by your scriptures and add to it over the years. 

 Romans 16:1-4 Paul was thankful for the people that helped him.  Help your little ones think of someone that has recently helped them.  Make and send that person a thank you card.
 The primary manual suggest to learn the song "Children all over the World" from the primary song book.   We used this a few lessons back and my class loved these puzzles.  If you haven't used them yet this would be a great week to do so.  
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.

Romans 12-16 From the Individual and Family Manual "The last five chapters of Romans contain dozens of specific instructions regarding how Saints should live. You may not be able to apply all of this counsel at once, but listen to the Spirit, and He can help you find one or two that you could start working on today. Share your desires with your Heavenly Father in prayer, and ask for His help."  You can use one of these journal pages to write or draw some of your impressions.

Alright that is all for this week!  I hope you find something that will work for you family or primary class.  As always thank you so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions or troubles with the download please let me know.  I will be busy with family this week and may not have as much access to my computer so email or facebook would be best look under the contact me tab :)  Also I am not sure how much I'll have for next weeks lesson, I'll try and pull a few things together before our family events but you know how crazy life can be.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Come Follow Me: Romans 1-6 (August 5-11)

This week for Come Follow Me we are covering Romans 1-6.   As always the printables are free and found in one big download at the end of this post.  I truly hope you find something that will work well for your family or primary class. 

Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ..."  I knew I wanted to discuss these verses this week but I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to approach this topic.  I decided I want to simplify it to being brave enough to live and share the gospel even when its hard.  I plan to share this story about Joseph F Smith.  Paul was also a great example of being bold in sharing the gospel even though he was persecuted for it.  I think of the prophet Joseph Smith and the early saints being driven from place to place, threatened, and in some cases hurt.  To bring in some modern day example that they kids can relate to I remembered a lesson we had last year about letting our light shine.  These stories show how we can be brave in our living and sharing our faith (not ashamed).  When I think of ashamed I think of someone hiding and that goes right along with not putting our light under a bushel. Instead we should let our light shine.

Each story has a basket, candle with a name, and a puppet to show while you tell the story. The stories come from last years primary manual.

If you print these on cardstock use some of the left overs to cut a small rectangle not much bigger then the candle.  Tape to the bottom of your basket then slide your candle in.

You can hold them up and the candle will stay in place until you gently slide it down.

Here are the character puppets for each story.  Aren't they cute!

There is an extra basket and candle with a question mark.  Save this for the end and ask "How can you let your light shine?" Then they can use this journal page to write some of their answers.  Use the page blank and write or draw pictures OR you can use the next page of candles.  Let them color, cut, and glue to their page with ways they can let their light shine on the candles.

Next we are going to talk a little about baptism and repentance (Romans 6).  More specifically that as we are baptized we become clean and later as we repent our sins are washed away.  I wanted a way to teach my little ones this concept of becoming clean.  Okay now don't laugh I am not a writer haha but I did come up with a little story to about a teddy bear to illustrate this idea. Its about a little boy named Tyler (I used my own little guys name but feel free to change it to one of your kid's names.  They love this).  He gets a new teddy bear and drags him everywhere during the day.  While they are playing he gets dropped in the mud, food on his face, and really dirty.  In the end his mom helps him give his teddy a bath and wash away all of the dirt until he is clean.  We are then going to compare ourselves with the teddy and how we get spots on us and feel unclean when we make wrong choices.  Just like the teddy was washed clean we are also washed clean when we are baptized and feel so good.  Unfortunately we don't stay sparkly clean forever.  We will eventually make a wrong choice BUT its okay because we can repent and those spots and dirt are washed away.
 The really fun part is I included a bear, stains, and a bathtub for you to use as you tell the story.  Cut all the pieces apart before your lesson and as you tell the story add the different stains to the bear.  Stick him behind the bathtub and pull the stains off to show he's clean again. 
 *If you want to make it more hands on pick a toy that can get wet and dirty (my kids like figurine or lego guys).  Use that toy in the story and get the toy nice and dirty.  You may need to substitute some of the messy parts to fit what you have at home.  Then pull out a bowl and some soap and water and clean the toy.

To go along with the idea of being clean we are going to learn/practice the song "When I am Baptized."  I have different pictures to represent some of the words in the song.  To make it easier for you I did include the words to the song and underlined the ones that have pictures.  If you have little ones you can use them as visuals to help them remember the words.  If you have older kids or maybe they already know the song pass out the cards to the kids.  Have them look to see what words they will be in charge of during the song.  When their word is said they will need to raise the right card.  Start slow and then increase speed after you tried it once or twice.  I've done something similar and it usually ends in them giggling.

 Sticking with the rainbow theme I have a cloud template to create this cute craft.  Print and cut out the cloud.  Then cut out strips of colored paper to make your rainbow.  Now here is where you can customize it to fit your kids...on the rainbow pieces they can write their baptismal covenants, ways they are preparing to be baptized, or ways they follow Jesus Christ.  It would also be cute to add a string to the top to create a mobile.

Need a few other ideas this post has some other fun  Baptism & Repentance ideas

Romans 3:23-24 included in the download are a few ideas to teach your children about grace.  For this one i found a great idea that uses the analogy of piano lessons (find it here)  I also loved the object lesson in the Come Follow Me Primary manual that teaches us that the Savior did for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Create Your Own ABC Book

We are only a month away from school starting.  I have a little one headed to Kindergarten this year.  In fear that she may have forgotten many of those need to know before kindergarten concepts we are reviewing a letter day until school begins.

Each day we create a page for our ABC book.  We practice the sound and letter recognition and then brainstorm words that begin with that letter.  She loves to draw and write so that's what we are doing (plus is sneaks in additional letter practice).  We are going to combine all the pages to make her very own book! You can download our ABC book template and create your own book.  If you don't want to draw like we are you can cut and glue pictures, rainbow write the letter, fill in the letters with different materials, or use construction paper to create adorable letter crafts.

In addition to our book we are doing an activity or two that corresponds with that letter.  For the letter A we tried the apple volcano science experiment. 

 And used the smash art technique to create aliens.  You know where you paint one half of your picture and then fold the paper together. Squish it flat so when you open it you have a duplicate image on both sides of your paper.  We planned to add googly eyes and use sharpies to finish our aliens but they thought their pictures were perfect and didn't want to :)

Letter B day we were busy so we made our page in our book and bounced a beach ball on the trampoline.

You do not have to do a letter a day.  Maybe you want to do a letter a week or use your book through out the year.  As you start a new theme add some of your new vocabulary words to the book.  Its open ended so you can really create and use the book to fit the needs and style of learning for your family or class.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Come Follow Me: Acts 22-28 (July 29-August 4)

I'm excited to share these free lesson helps for this week Come Follow Me lesson for Acts 22-28. These are perfect for families and primary.  I have several ideas that go with Paul in prison (Jesus comforts him and sharing his testimony), Paul is shipwrecked, and the viper.  I hope you find a few ideas that work for you.

All of three of these stories go with the intro paragraph in the Individual and Family and it would be great to share at the beginning of the week.  I then made these fun circles for each of the stories and below there is a quick idea for each one.  You can use these a couple of ways depending on time or the number of activities you want to do for each story.  You can use these as a display for the week OR lay the 3 pictures on the floor and use as a bean bag toss.  When you land on a picture summarize the story or read a few of the selected verses.

Activities included in the free download

Journal page: Draw or write about a time that was hard but you felt the Savior's love.

Coloring page: This coloring page go with Acts 23:11 or you can use it later on with the story about the shipwreck.  I love that this was the message the Savior gave to Paul while he was in prison and later Paul gives this same message to the men on the boat.

Testimony Cards:  Use these for your discussion, to play a match game (print 2 on cardstock) or a go fish game (print 4).  You can also print them smaller and glue to the coloring page in the primary manual. I can make a black and white version if someone needs it.  There are also several testimony activities in last weeks post found here.  And you can use the story sequencing cards in this post if you want to review the story of Paul's conversion.

Here are some cute hats your kids can wear while you tell the story of Paul and King Agrippa

The story of Paul being shipwrecked might be one of my favorite stories. It teaches the importance of listening and following the prophet.  I also love Paul's faith and testimony.  We are going to go with the boat theme and learn about some of the things President Nelson taught in last General Conference.  There is a page of quotes from his 3 talks and 2 pages of boats with numbers.  Assign the different quotes a number or you can glue them on the back of the boats if they will fit.  I have not tried it yet.  I did not assign the quotes numbers because you may want to find different ones.  These are ones I love and want to review with my family.  You may have other favorites :)  Anyway I plan to hide the boats around the room. When we find one we will read and discuss the quote.
Here's another idea that has some things a prophet (or apostles) teach us.  Print the bingo boards (as many as you need) and the calling cards.  Discuss how listening to the prophet can bless our lives.  You can also print out 2 sets of calling cards and use as a match game.  these are basically my general conference bingo cards.  If you already have them you don't need to print them again.  The only chage is I took off music and added tithing.

This was my favorite verse and I had to make something to display.  Print and display for the week.  Mine is going to be frames and hung in my laundry room :)

If you have older kids I thought this video was pretty great “Blessed and Happy Are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God”  Its found about half way down the page.

For the last story your little one is going to become the illustrator.   Share the story of Paul being bit by the viper.  Have your kids draw different scenes from the story, their favorite part, or whatever they want :)  Then have them share their pictures and the story.

I also included some puppets that you can use while you tell the story or your little ones can use to retell the story :)
 That's it for this week.  Thank you all for stopping by :)  It really means a lot and keeps me motivated to create and share each week. As always please let me know if you have any questions or trouble with the download.