Friday, January 31, 2020

Weekend Roundup: Favorite Finds #8

Yeah I'm so excited its the weekend.  We've been hit with sick kids, tax season, and just plain busyness.  I'm excited to slow down a little for a day or two.  Today I have fun finds to share with you.  People are so talented and I love that they share that talent with us! Let's jump right in. 

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First up I have a couple of ADORABLE playhouses.  I really want to build one this year and here are a few I  love.  The first one is so cute.  Those shutters and pink door are perfect.  You can find the details here.

This one is so perfect!  found on Instagram here. (Oh and I just started following much goodness!)

I love these plans found here

I love this happy art area.  I need to revamp mine and love the inspiration found here

How cute is this adorable narwhal?!?  It looks like a fun and easy pattern found here

Another adorable pattern!  This would make a super cute Valentine's Day gift.  Find the free pattern here

I thought these baskets were just too cute not to share.  I'm not sure if I love the plants or little animals inside better.  find it here
I must really be in a crocheting mood this week because here is another awesome pattern.  I've had my eye on this one for a while and she is now offering it for free!  Find it here
I love everything about this sign.  It's now on my to make list.  You can find the tutorial  here

Another gorgeous wreath!  So pretty for spring or a little girls room.  Find the tutorial here

I just super love this print :)  Find it here

Here's a little groundhog day celebration idea.  These cookies are so fun!  Find them here

Your kids will go crazy for these Groundhog cookies.  The groundhog even pops up and down!  Find them here

It's a little early for spring but these are so cute! Find them here

That's all for this week! I'd love to see what inspires you.  Do you have an Etsy Shop, Instagram, or Blog?  I'd love to feature you.  Send me a message :)

Sunday, January 26, 2020

20 Fun Holidays to Celebrate with your kids in February

A couple of years ago I created some fun monthly calendars full of unique and fun holidays.My kids really loved them and I decided it would be fun to do them again this year.  We do not celebrate every holiday and we do we keep quite simple.  I loved that it was a fun reminder to spend time with my kids, to slow down and create some memories.   
February is full of some fun and kind of quirky holidays.   I found some kid friendly ones that I think will be perfect to incorporate into our preschool plan or use it as a fun way to connect with my kids (I'm really excited that my older school aged kids can join in as well).  Simply 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!

Holiday's came from here and here

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 17-22 (January 27-February 2)

I'm excited to share a few ideas with you today.  We are going to cover the Liahona, Nephi's broken bow, and Nephi building a boat from 1 Nephi 17-22.  This ideas are great for families and primary classes.  You can find all of the printables in a free download at the end of this post.

This first idea comes from the Individual and Family manual.   I loved the introduction and the idea of comparing Nephi's response to hard things and to the other peoples reactions.  We can learn so much for him as we face challenges.

Next is an object lesson I came up with to teach about the Liahona and compare it with the ways Heavenly Father guides us.

The next several activites go along with some of the ideas I found in the primary manual.  I couldn't pick just one so I made a few printables and lesson helps to add to your lesson.  These can always be used at home as well.  I love to teach my kids from the primary book during the week to prepare them to participate more on Sunday. 

the first idea are these pick a story cards.  You can use them in a few different ways.  I am going to put them in a basket and pick one each day to discuss.  You can do all at once and use them as a visual.  You can have your kids pick a card and they can tell or act out the story.  You can also use them with some of the activities below.
 As you tell the story let your kids draw a scene from the story.
 The clue cards go with the idea in the primary manual under the first topic (2nd idea).  I did not fill these out because every building is different OR you may want to use these at home.  I would write out the clues in a treasure hunt way so one clue leads to the next.  Maybe ask  situation question like "what would you do if your sister broke your favorite toy?"  If they answer in a way that is a good choice they earn the next clue.  You may even want to place some of the story cards from above along the way and talk about ways Nephi did the right thing in these situations.  Then have the final clue lead to a treat :) 

The puppets and drawing page go with the category  I can be a good example to my family.  Instead of drawing their own faces I included puppets for them to color.  Then on the paper they can draw something they can do this week to help make their family happy.  

 Here are a few more ideas to go with this topic.  I this quote and some stories in an old primary manual and thought it was such a cute way to teach about being an example.  I included a free printable.

Sunshine match game.  Each one has a way we can be an example to our family.  After a match is found you can share the little story that goes along with that topic.
 Last is a coloring page with the sunshine theme. There are a couple of different options and they can write a way they can be an example.
 This idea goes along with one of the suggestions in the teaching older kids under  "When I keep the commandments, the Lord guides me." (2nd idea) The idea is to have one person pretend to have traveled with Nephi and the other to interview that person.  There are a few question ideas listed.  I decided to add to this idea but assigning the kids to be news reporters and write up a news article for a newspaper.  There is an assignment page to get them thinking and then a blank newspaper page (sample is included).  I'm hoping this will get them to think a little more deeply about the story.  There is space for them to write some thoughts and draw pictures.  For younger ones they can use the boxes to draw different parts of the story.

This snapshot craft was one of my favorite things we did last year.  I included it this week with an updated title.  Its just a little bit of a different way to do the newspaper activities.  On this one they pick one part of the story that stood out to them and write/draw about it.

Additional ideas to go with Nephi building a boat and crossing the sea:
Build a boat with blankets, boxes, pillows, etc.  Sit in the boat while you tell the story or watch watch one of the movies found here.  We've done this a couple of times and its a favorite!

This rocking boat craft from Red Ted Art would be awesome to make. (found here)

or this paper plate boat found here

or this cool floating boat found here

That's is all I have for you this week.  I hope there is something that will work for your family or primary class.  As always if you have any questions or trouble with the download please let me know!  Thank you so much for stopping by :)

Friday, January 24, 2020

Weekend Roundup: Favorite Finds #7

I am so excited for the weekend!  Its been a week of sick kids and I am ready to finish some organizing projects.  Today I have a fun roundup full of some of my favorite finds this week.  Lets jump right in!

I thought these little Valentine's animals were so cute!  They would make great gifts.  Find the free pattern Here

Ok how cute are these sheep!  Find them here

I love a good bench and diy.  This bench is my kind of project.  Oh and those legs!  Love them.  Find the instruction here

I thought this wreath was so pretty.  Its perfect for Valentine's day or year round.  I"m thinking I need to make one for my little one's room.  find the tutorial here

These floor pillows are so fun and I love the fabric she used.  Find them here

This print!  This shop!  Its my new favorite.  Find this print here

and this one here.  I need these :)

This would be a fun idea to make Valentine's day a little extra special with your kids.  Throw in a movie or games and you have the perfect night.  Find it here

I'm in the mood to build something!  I loved stained wood and this is something I want to try.  Find it here

I also want to try a few of these as well.  Find them here

I love cherry desserts and this one looks delicious!  Find it here

This print is gorgeous!  My daughter is loving black and white, and floral right now.  This would be perfect for her.  Find it here

I'm printing and this to my binder today. Find this free printable here

Here's what I'm currently reading.  I love Liz Maire and her book is amazing!  (and its on sale right now)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  
I'm feeling inspired and am now off to work on some projects :)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 11-15 (January 20-26)

This week for Come Follow Me we are covering Nephi's Vision.  There are sooooo many topics to pick from and it was hard to narrow it down.  Hopefully you will find something that works for your primary class or family.  All of the FREE printables will be in one download at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by this week :)

We are going to use some of the ideas I shared last week to talk about the tree of life and iron rod.  You can find that post here.

During Nephi's vision he see many events in the Savior's life.  Use this cute spinner to help the kids remember some of the things Nephi saw. 
*UPDATE: I just added posters with scripture references for those that may not have real pictures or you want them to match the spinner.  Either way this will help you know what the pictures on the spinner represent and where to find the scripture for it :)

We are also going to talk about the tree and that it represents the love of God.  He loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus Christ to earth.  Jesus showed us how to live through his example and he died for us so that we can return to Heavenly Father one day.   One this coloring page one side shows something Heavenly Father did to show love for us (sent Jesus) and in the blank spot they can draw a picture of a way that can show love to others.

This next activity goes with one of the ideas in the primary manual (about half way down the page with the video clip). You may want to read their description of the activity for better instructions :)  you are going to cut out the Book of Mormon, Bible, and word strip. This works great on a chalk board or if you don't have one a piece of paper is great too!  Place the Bible in the center of the page.  Have every person draw a different line from the Bible to any spot around the edge of the page.  You should end up with several lines going many different directions.  This illustrates that the Bible alone can be interpreted in many ways . Now erase the lines or flip over your paper.  place the bible one one side of the page and the book of mormon on the other.  Now draw a straight line that goes from one book to the other.  With these two witnesses this shows there is only one way to interpret the gospel.  Add your word strip above.

Next we are going to talk about "plain and precious truths" that were restored with the Book of Mormon. ( 1 Nephi 13:26–29, 35–36, 40) There are 2 pages are journal pages to write or draw some of the things you discuss.

You can use these cards as a match game to help your discussion. print two  for a match game or print one set and hide them around the room.

I also included a quote from President Nelson.

As always if you have any questions or trouble with the download please don't hesitate to ask :)