Tuesday, April 28, 2020

24 fun Holidays to Celebrate in May (2020 Calendar)

I can't believe another month is almost over.  I think it will be one I always remember.   I love the May Holiday Calendar.  There are so many fun and unique holidays to celebrate. We don't celebrate all of them and the ones we do are often a small craft, treat, or game.  It's just a small thing but it makes me pause from the daily to-do list and just be present.

This month I found 24 fun holidays to include on our May Calendar (most I didn't know existed).  Pick a few or all and have fun :)

Download a copy of the calendar, print, and display.  After that have fun creating some special memories with your little ones.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Come Follow Me: Mosiah 7-10 (April 27-May 3)

Here are some fun lesson helps for teaching your family Mosiah 7-10.  I always try to follow the topics in the primary manual. I changed things up a bit and ll of the instructions and links can be found in the in the download!  I tried something new and included clickable links as well.  I am hoping this will be more convenient for you and once I get use to the new program with be faster for me as well.  This is a new format for me so let me know if there are any issues please.  Here's a preview of what's included.

If you have any questions please let me know and I hope you have a wonderful week :)

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Free Movie Theater Dramatic Play

Step up your family movie night with this fun dramatic play printable set.  There are printable signs, popcorn boxes, and tickets included.  Print, cut, and you are ready to make your movie night extra special! We are laminating our signs so we can reuse them.  A sheet protector also works!  We are using this today and will update with pictures.

*On the move theater now showing page let your kids write or draw a picture of the movie you plan to watch.
*There are 3 snack sign options-one with candy, one with ice cream, and a blank one to write in your own treat. Use real or pretend food.
*Print tickets on colored paper and cut
* Popcorn boxes are best printed on cardstock.
Here's a sample to show you how they are assembled.
and a finished box.  These are the perfect size for kids!  

You can find more movie night inspiration here

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Free General Conference Printable

I always love watching Conference. There are so many talks I am anxious to read and study.   This quote was a request and I just love it! I'm sure you'll be seeing plenty more printables-if you have a favorite quote let me know :)

To Print:
Click on the picture.  Right click to save to your computer.
Print at home or send it to your favorite place to print pictures.
If printing at home I like to insert the picture in a word document and adjust the size. 
These are formatted as full page but can easily be sized to fit the size you want.

Come Follow Me: Mosiah 4-6 (April 20-26)

Happy Sunday!  Sorry for being so late this week-I lost track of the days!  I honestly did not realize yesterday was Saturday until about 9 pm.  Here are some fun lesson helps for Mosiah 4-6.  I am trying something a little different and I included the instructions in the download instead of the post.  Let me know what you think.   Most of these ideas were inspired by the activities in the primary manual.  We are talking about Baptismal covenants and repentance this week.  Service and Loving Others is also another great topic but we spent a lot of time on it last week so I did not add any additional activities for this one.  You can find last week's helps here.  Also if you need additional ideas we've covered all of these topics a few times-type your topic in the search bar and there should be several ideas that pop up for you.  For example This post has a ton of ideas for baptismal covenants.  If you need some help with this please let me know :)

The following activities are included in this week's download found at the end of this post.  The instructions are in the download this week :)

 I do have a puzzle option for this one here

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Song Helps:When We're Helping

I have shared a few of these ideas for the song When We're Helping before but had a request for additional items.  I thought it would be helpful to post them in one spot :) 

Included: Song posters (colored and black and white), emotion cards, action cards, and dice.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Come Follow Me: Mosiah 1-3 (April 13-19)

I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter.  I have some really fun ideas to go with this week's Come Follow Me lesson.  We are covering Mosiah 1-3. I followed the Primary manual pretty closely this week in fact I loved all of the ideas and went a little crazy making printables for almost all of the activities in the manual.  If you aren't quite sure how to use one of the activities that might help.  

There are tons of ideas this week!  There is also a second page with some ideas for serving during this time of social distancing.  I asked for some ideas on my facebook page a couple days and the answers were so great!  I included those along with a couple of others.  If you have some ideas please leave them in the comments for others to see :)
On the additional information page I also included the activity from the Come Follow Me primary manual that goes with these recipe cards. It's the very last activity in the manual and it invites the children to use Mosiah 3:19 to come up with a recipe to become like the Savior.  I thought it would be so fun to bake something together and then do this activity. 
This one just a simple fill in the blank.  Print and you are ready to go.  \
 King Benjamin taught us a lot about service.  The next several activities go with that theme (you can also use the search bar on my website and it will pull up more ideas). 

The first idea I had was to create a poster or jar to document the service we provide to our families and others through out the week.  The Warm Fuzzies (and this idea) comes from a talk by President Monson called What Have I done for Someone today?  I plan to show this video clip  or this one is a clip from Conference.  The idea is to place a warm fuzzie (pom pom) in the jar when you provide an act of service.  Once our jar is full we are going to do a special activity as a family-probably a movie night or take out :)  I did include two label options.
Another idea is to print on of these posters and color in a heart or write down the service you did inside each heart.  There is an option for family or individual.  Same idea once its full plan a special surprise or activity to celebrate your accomplishment.  Third printable is inspired by the talk mentioned above.  This one is more of a journal page.
Here are a couple more printables-the I can serve ones are good for brainstorming ways to to serve or it can be used as a journal page.  There is plenty of space to write or draw your answers.  The helping hands comes from the primary manual.  The idea is to trace your hands and share a way you can serve your family.
The primary manual suggests thinking of ways you can serve your family and sing when we're helping we're happy.  I wanted to build on this a little and talk about ways we can serve different people.  Roll the dice and thing of a person and how you can serve them.  I tried to make most of them more general so you can play several times.  Use these just for a discussion or add in the song. 

Another idea in the manual was to memorize this part of Mosiah 2:17.  There is a basic, one that can be colored or traced, and then one that is more for display.
As you tell the story have your children illustrate what is happening.  Draw the tower, the tents, the people gathering, etc.  I did include printable King Benjamins that they can glue on their picture if they do not want to draw him.
This idea is similar to the one in the manual but I am going to use it more as review.  My kids are going to take turns pretending to be King Benjamin (wear the crown and stand on a tower-probably a chair) and share a few things they learned about service during the week and share a few ways they served.

I saw this question in the Individual and Family manual and knew I wanted to discuss it during our scripture study.  They can write or draw their answer.

Mosiah 2:19–25 we learn that all blessings come from Heavenly Father.  My daughter has been asking to play charades so that is one thing we are going to do.  We'll think of something we are grateful for and act it out (maybe draw it) I also included some pages to use as a gratitude journal.  Over the last few weeks I have been trying to focus on being grateful and finding beauty and joy each day.  I had the thought a few times that we should start gratitude journals as part of our writing lesson and after reading through this lesson I knew this would be the perfect time to start.
Cut and paste activity.  Read the verse and match the picture.
Last idea is more of a fun challenge but will keep the scriptures in your child's mind as they work.  These are building challenges.  I like to hang them up as inspiration.  Sometimes I give them certain items to use and other times I let them use whatever they can find.  For smaller creating there are printable King Benjamins that will stand.
That's all for this week.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.  Also share your ideas for service in the comments...I love hearing your ideas!  Have a wonderful Easter and week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Don't Eat Pete: Spring Shapes

Don't Eat Pete is a favorite game in our house!  My kids love it and I've also used it during preschool and activity days...again they love it!  This time I decided to add an extra element of learning.  My little guy is working on shape recognition and how cute are these little 2d shape chicks!?!  If you've never played here's a quick how to:  Print off the board game...cardstock works best.  Place one piece of candy (skittles, jelly beans, Cheerios, or whatever you have) on each chick.  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 character 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. With this board once Pete is discovered have them tell you the shape.  Super simple and so much fun!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Come Follow Me: Easter Ideas (March 30-April 12)

I am sorry this post is so late.  I planned on using much of the same activities I used last year but as I read through the primary manual I knew I wanted to add a few more things.  

I loved how much the lesson focused on the theme Jesus Christ took upon Himself my sins, pains, and sicknesses.  I included a scripture coloring page...I love the part he will "take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people." It seemed so fitting this week and what a wonderful time to teach our children about atonement.

I also included a journal page.This goes with one of the ideas in the manual.  It might be a great way to introduce the topic and help them fully grasp all that our Savior suffered for us and how much he loves us. Kids love to tell stories about themselves haha.  Have them think of a time they were sick or hurt.   Then use these pages to write or draw their story.  After talk about the Atonement.
 The last one is a picture and scripture match.  These scriptures are a few things the prophets in the Book of Mormon taught about Christ before he came to Earth.  I am going to place the 4 pictures around the room.  Then we'll draw a scripture and read it.  Then put the scripture by the correct picture.
*Edit: I am sorry if you tried to download this document earlier and could only find the old one.  I have fixed the link and it will now take you to the new printables :)

Additional Ideas-I plan to use a lot of our Easter Activity from last year found here.

You can also use the search bar and find a lot of ideas to use for specific topics like the Resurrection, Atonement, Repentance,and many more.  Let me know if you need help finding some ideas on a topic and I'll link up a few ideas for you :)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Free Spring Roll & Cover Mats

Roll & Cover mats are one of my favorite ways to practice number recognition and counting.  They are super simple, low prep activities that your kids will love.  Each mat is made to use 1 or 2 dice. Pick the mat based on age and ability.
You will need dice, manipulative (pom pom, buttons, cereal, jelly beans, etc.), and mat of your choice.
To play roll the dice and cover that number on your mat with the manipulative.  Continue until all the numbers are covered.  That's it!  So simple and fun.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

General Conference Activities

I am so excited for General Conference this week end! Today I am sharing a few fun ideas to help keep your kids busy, quiet, and hopefully listening during General Conference.  You can find of the printables in one download at the end of this post.

The first page is a choice board.  It is full of quiet activities they can do during Conference.  You can even use it as a bingo and if they do 4 in a row they get a little prize :)  I know all of our families are different so I did include a blank board for you to fill in as well.  Some of the options like the sequence board can be found on my website or search past Come Follow me posts for tons of games, coloring pages, and other fun activities.

Find out who the mystery person using the pictures as clues.  Write down the first letter of each picture to reveal the person.  For example on the top card you would write O under the octopus, A under the apple, K under the kite, and S under the snake.  The person would be Oaks.  You can print and go OR cut the cards apart.  I was thinking I might laminate, cut, and put on a ring.  Then use a dry erase marker so they can be used over and over.
Book of Mormon Match game.  (I do have this posted on my website but included it for convenience).  Print on cardstock OR glue to colored paper so you can't see through the back.

I really like to encourage even the youngest to listen to Conference so I love these games.  The first page is a listen and color coloring page.  Once they hear the word they can color the picture.  The next two can be played with a dice and as you roll the number you cover the number with a pom pom (or something similar like cereal, buttons, etc) or you can color it.  Another option is to turn it into a listening game and use the next page as a key.  It has two different options so you can play more than once.  If you are using the tie board when you hear the word associated with the number one you would color a polka dot with the number 1.  Continue until all of the spots are covered.  Same idea with the spring bird page-for this one use dot markers, or x through the number.  You can also just cover them with pom poms and play multiple times.

Here's another listening game-this one I shared in October.  We used dot markers and filled in a circle each time we heard the word.  You can also use it as a race and see which word is said 4 times first!

Mini puzzles- cut out each box and along the lines down the center. 
 Mini Books for notes-There are 4 different covers options and you only need to print one of them. There is a box for the prophet and the apostles as well as some blank squares.  My daughter loves these and requests them each year.  She cuts them apart and staples it together to make a book.  You can always leave them as a full page and they are still awesome :)  When they are cut down it is easier to use the back side for additional notes.
 Last activity are spring play-dough mats.  Print and cut.  If you are going to use the play dough on the mat you will want to laminate them OR do not cut and place inside a sheet protector.  To use roll or smash  your dough on top of the mat to create the different designs.  Or use it as an example and create it next to your card. 
I hope some of these ideas help!  Also use the search bar and look for other general conference ideas I've shared in the past including our favorite conference bingo game. I like to set out a special basket with games, puzzles, and art supplies. We really keep it simple to be honest it is still a little crazy around here but we try haha.  If you have any questions or have some last minute requests please let me know!