Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Where's mom when I need her activity

The beehives were in charge of our last Joint activity (w/ the YM) and they decided on a skills night. 
We had three different classes, Laundry, Money, and Cooking. 
When they arrived we divided them into three groups by having them choose a Hershey Kiss off of a platter. On the bottom of the kiss was a colored dot to show which group they would be in. 
I used the garage sale dots you can find in the office section of most grocery stores. 

The classes lasted 15min each w/ 5 min for rotation.

Money Class

In this class they learned the importance of budgeting and played a little Price Is Right. 

 Cooking Class

In our cooking class each rotation made something different. The first rotation made no bake cookies, the second rotation made corn bread & honey butter, and the third made chili. 
(If you would like the recipes we used feel free to email me and I would be happy to share)
For this class I chose recipes that were fairly basic and simple to make. 

Laundry Class
In this class they learned to sort their laundry, which settings you use to wash, basic ironing and sewing on a button. They had a relay where they had to sort clothes, iron a tea towel, & sew a button on a piece of cloth. 

After they had rotated to all classes we got together to enjoy our chili, cornbread & honey butter, and our no bake cookies. 

I think everyone had a good time and hopefully learned something new.

added 1/14/13
Recipes used for this activity

No Bake Cookies

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool until hardened 

Sweet Corn Bread
2 pkgs Jiffy cornbread mix
2pkgs Jiffy yellow cake mix
(add ingredients on back of box for each box and follow baking instructions)

Honey butter
2 sticks real butter, (close to room temp- works best when slightly chilled still.)
2/3 C honey
¾ C powdered sugar
(If your butter is too soft, you’ll end up with a gooey mess, so I just leave it out on the counter for about 20 minutes or so before beating and it turns out nice and fluffy)
Just place it all in a bowl and beat with an electric hand-mixer for 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed.  Serve at room temp.

1 lb of ground beef
1 pkg chili seasoning
2 cans tomato soup
2 cans red kidney beans
chopped onion
Brown ground beef in large pot with onion and drain, add seasoning, soups, and beans. Add water as needed. simmer for 15 min. (we doubled the recipe to feed everyone)


Monday, August 20, 2012

Lesson 29/Manual 1

This lesson is to help the YW understand that they are a Royal generation. So of course crowns and tiaras were the first thing that hit my brain. 

I've seen and used these little tiaras in the party favor section at Party City that would be perfect to add to the quotes and scriptures for this lesson, they were about $ .35 each. They also had some full size tiaras that would make a fun handout. 

I found a great object lesson on Sugardoodle that would make a great impact if you can find someone who can pull it off. HERE is the link for it.
After you have someone do this I would show the video of the ten virgins from the church website. HERE is the link to it. 

They may be the royal generation (as we are) but that doesn't mean that they don't have to put in the effort to be worthy to be that royal generation. 

I found some cute crown things that would make fun handouts to attach D&C 87:8 to.

These are some super cute cupcakes that would be perfect

Or you could do cookies

Or instead of buying a tiara you could make your own crown for the girls to make it personal.

It looks like they used some cute paper and added lace and ribbon rosettes and ribbon trim. You could also use cupcake papers for the fringe and flowers. 

I found a tutorial to make cupcake paper flowers on Martha Stewart

I hope this inspires you and as always read the additional talks on the sidebar of the lesson for added inspiration.

Have a great lesson!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lesson 35/Manual 1

My first thought on this lesson was to use the example of diamonds. How because of the pressure they're exposed to they become beautiful things. And I think this would be a fun way to go with this lesson.

But as I was going through the extra resources I came across a Mormon Message from Brother Holland and my whole way of seeing this lesson changed. 

This is the link for the Mormon Message
You need to watch this first or the rest of my ideas may not make much sense.

Of course you should preface showing this video that although Brother Holland was speaking to the young men it also very much applies to them. I would have them listen and when he says young men or  men to replace it with young women and girls. 

I can see an analogy of playing in a game and all those people yelling on the sidelines so many distracting things. How if we listen to the distractions we can step out of bounds which will effect our standing in the game.  I love how he says we need to stay in the game, we need to decide if we are playing on the Lords team. 

So from this video I would print out these sports fields and courts and display them around the room. 

Basketball court

 Soccer field

Football field

 Tennis court

Maybe see if they can identify which sport is played on which field. I would also go over some reasons why there our boundaries for these sports. Some reasons might be to keep the players safe, so that the players know what is expected of them, and what their goal is. 

Daniel is the main example in this lesson of someone who withstood the influences of those around them and lived his life as he knew he should. He was a great player on the Lords team.

You could attach any kind of sports themed thing to their quotes and stories
I've seen these foil covered chocolates at Party Supply stores

 And I've also seen these sucker molds at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Actually you could do chocolate covered oreos and pipe baseball or basketball markings on them or sugar cookies for that matter.

As a handout I would take my favorite quote from the Mormon Message and attach it to a whistle. 

I've made a Righteous living amid pressures sheet from the lesson if you'd like to use it. 

you can download it HERE

Have a great lesson!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

lesson 33/manual 1

What a great lesson and a very important one. With all the media that we're exposed to today we have to be very careful what we allow into our minds. 

A few of the stories that I used in the previous lesson would also work great in this one.  One of Satans greatest tools is "just a little isn't a big deal".  

One of the first things that came to my mind while I was reading through this lesson was the Mr. Yuk stickers from when I was a kid. Does anyone else remember those?

And if you're not really familiar with Mr. Yuk you can always use the skull and cross bones. 

I would bring some of those things listed in the lesson like rat poison, bleach, etc. and have them on my table. 

I love the line by Bishop H. Burke Peterson "we must not feed ourselves on a diet of trash"

I would have a place setting on the table (plate, fork, spoon, glass, placemat, napkin) and on my plate I would place trash. I would also print out this line and put it like a place card by the plate. 

For the treat I would attach to the quotes and stories for the girls to do during the lesson I would attach a those mini trash can candies. 

If you can't find these you could always get empty ones and fill with your own treats. 
you can buy these here

or you could use this toxic waste candy 
which you can buy here

I also found a great object lesson to go along with the egg one that the manual has on Mormon Share
it goes like this:
Ask the class if the would like some popcorn. After someone volunteers take out a peice of popcorn chew it up and spit it back into the bag. Shake it up then offer it to the person who wanted it. (they should no longer want it.) Then simply say, "What, it is only one little piece." Small things can contaminate something that is otherwise good, like a movie, book, song or tv show.

I would do this object lesson at the end of the lesson and then hand out these popcorn treats for the hand out with the guidelines for evaluating media. 

There are some great popcorn recipes out there
I found this on Pinterest but the link was a server error.

And I've see these popcorn containers at Target in their dollar bins. 

How cute would that be filled with candied popcorn and wrapped up in cellophane with a cute bow. 
I've also seen popcorn bags at the dollar store which would be cute as well. 

I've created a tag to go with this popcorn hand out. 
you can download it here

As always if you are unable to download the printable please contact me by email and I would be happy to send you the file directly. My email can be found on the side bar. 

Have a great lesson!