Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Link Party

You may have seen Design Dazzle's 5th annual Christmas Wonderful series is in full swing! We've had some fabulous Christmas ideas from some talented bloggers and we're not done yet...the fun continues through the middle of December! Over the years we've shared almost 200 blog posts with hundreds and hundreds of ideas. We thought it would be fun to have a great big link party to celebrate this magical Christmas season because we know YOU have some awesome ideas to share too! Simply link up your project below, which will show up on all of the 25+ blogs participating in our link party. Feel free to link up new projects as well as any past projects that you want to share. The link party ends Decemember 7th. We will be choosing some of our FAVORITE ideas to feature! a few days later The following amazing blogs are participating in our Christmas Wonderful link party:

Design Dazzle | Simply Designing | Made From Pinterest | Mommy Crusader | kiki comin | Frog Prince Paperie | Clean and Scentsible | Paisley Petal Events | Ginger Snap Crafts | Apples 4 Bookworms | Artzy Creations | Not Just a Mommy | The Scrap Shoppe | Confetti Sunshine | Snap | Suzy's Sitcom | My Daylights | Tips From A Typical Mom | Holy Craft | Sweeten Your Day | Pink Cake Plate | Raegun Ramblings | a girl and a gluegun | Live To Be Inspired | Polka Dot Poplars | hoopla palooza |

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Young Women In Excellence: Movie Night!

This was our YWIE last year.  I thought it was low key, budget friendly, fun evening for the girls.

We called it "The Divine Daughters Awards"

We filmed a 30 sec clip of all the girls telling/showing us what they did for their project/experience.  Then, we set up a "movie" in the Relief Society room. Had a red carpet, movie projector screen, and popcorn bar.

This was our program
(click to enlarge)

You've probably seen this floating around the web:
Stand for Truth And Righteousness
We took head shots of all the girls and put them on the stars and hung them from the ceiling.

Crepe paper banner
cheap and easy

The girls head shots printed on paper and made to look like a filmstrip around the room.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Playschool & Preschool Halloween Activities!

These are some fun Halloween Activities you can do with your kiddos at home or in preschool/playschool:

Frankenstein Feet Monsters:

I pulled one kid one and a time and painted the bottom of their foot green then pressed it onto the paper.  I had a bowl ready to wash off their foot. :)

Once it dried I added black hair, eyes, and mouths with a black sharpie.
Then, used a silver sharpie to draw the "nails" on each side of the head.
Then, I wrote their name with "stein" on the end.

Brandonstein..... you get the idea. :)

Halloween Slime:

I've used it for preschool and for my son's ninja turtle birthday party.
 I like it because the kids each get their own bag and it's made with liquid starch- not borax.
I had little containers for all my student's to take home the slime they made at school.

Draw a pumpkin face:

I had this as a welcoming activity.  Kids drew a pumpkin face on their pumpkin.  Used an Expo Marker with the pumpkin in a protective sleeve.

What is Missing?  Jack-o-lantern Game:

We played this in circle time.
One kid would step out or close their eyes.  We would take off a piece of the jack-o-lantern's face.  Kids would open eyes or come back in the room and try to guess what is missing.  They loved this game.

Potato Pumpkin Stamps:

These worked ok... I would make sure there isn't too much paint of each plate. Or else it will splatter everywhere.  And it's tricky to make the faces in the potato.

Halloween Sticker Sheets:

You can find these cute sticker sheets here at Oriental Trading.

Spider Web Marble Art:

One on my FAVORITE Halloween crafts.  
Squirt a little bit of white tempera paint in a paper cup.  Drop a marble inside.  Then, use a spoon to scoop it out and put it on a tray with black construction paper.  Kids like to roll the marble around making a spider web.

Then, I just printed, cut, and glued these spiders on the page.  
You can download the spiders I used HERE
Or if the kids are older you can make the hand spiders. Where you put paint on both the kids hands. (no thumbs)  Then, they press them on the sheet and you can use hole reinforcements or wiggle eyes for the eyes.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Getting to Know You Game~ Scavenger Hunt for YW

We are playing some "Getting to Know You" games for mutual tonight since we have some new YW in our ward.  

I couldn't find a "YW/church" related one online.  All of them are for school.  So thought I would share in case you run into the same problem. :)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

"Come Follow Me": September~ Why is it important to be honest?

This post is lesson helps and printable for "Come Follow Me" September's: Why is it important to be honest?  This lesson is a combination of several bullets suggested in the lesson outline.

As my attention-getter we played this game:
I let them look at the items in the pan for 1 minute.  Then, I covered it up and they had to list as many things they could remember in one minute.  HOWEVER, I took a pic of the tray ahead of time with my phone and let one of the YW cheat using the pic.  The other girls didn't know this until AFTER they had to try and list the items.  After finding out who won by writing the most items, I told them we had a cheater.  We talked about why cheating is not fair.

We then filled out this Cause and Effect chart. 
They use the Strength of Youth book to write down the 3 things listed that is not honest. Then, we looked up some of the scriptures in the outline that tell the outcome of a dishonest person.  I wanted to stress to them that you should be honest not just because you will be "thrust down to hell" but because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO!  We talked about how you can't have the companionship of the Holy Ghost if you are dishonest with people.  Yes, we talked about repentance too. :)


I used this object lesson when talking about lying with friends.  I explained how you build up a relationship with a friend.  And if you start lying to them then your relationship with crumble.  I had a YW pull a cup out from the "foundation" of the friendship.  We talked about how it's a lot harder to build a relationship back up after you have been dishonest with them.


Being a past teacher, unfortunately when I taught Middle School I experienced a LOT of cheating. :(  I told the girls how I would just get so frustrated cuz I couldn't trust them that they would keep their eyes on their own paper.  I had to make a TEST A and TEST B.  Have a different Pop Quiz with each class because kids would take pictures of the quiz and send it to friends in other classes.  I told the YW that I would just get so frustrated I wanted to do this to them {showed the above pictures... they thought it was funny}. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THESE PICS HERE. They responded that you should!  I said I shouldn't have to!  That's the problem! Everyone should have the moral compass inside them to know that it's not ok to cheat. 

PERSONAL STORY: I told them the story about how I had a male student who was very popular.  The girls all thought he was super cute.  He was an athlete.  One day he asked me to complete a teacher recommendation form for student council.  He had 2 older siblings that had once been on student council so he thought for sure he would be selected.  I couldn't check the box that said yes.  It was because he was one of my students that would try to cheat during tests.  I couldn't recommend him as an example to students when I knew he was dishonest.  

PERSONAL STORY:  Another time when I was teaching I wanted to express the importance of honesty with my students.  So, I took the tests home.  Graded them.  Put the student's grades in my gradebook, but did NOT write their score on the tests.  The next day I told the students that they were going to grade their own test and give me their grades. I was saddened to see how many students were dishonest and gave me a higher grade than I knew they earned.  After taking in the grades they said they earned, I told them what I had done. I told them that I had already graded the tests and that the real test was to see who would be honest and give me their actual score. I told them that I knew who the honest ones were and the dishonest students were.  I explained that they needed to always be honest because you never know when your honesty would be tested again.

I also shared these stories from the conference talks: 

I showed the video Honesty: You better believe it

Throughout these we discussed the importance of being honest and what choices we should make to ensure we are women of Integrity.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

FROZEN Activities~ Unfreeze Anna & Troll Rocks!

Whose house hasn't been hit with the Disney's Frozen epidemic!?
I was invited by Design Dazzle to be a guest Camp Counselor this summer!  How exciting!  You can find my guest post HERE.
I have two little girls that are OBSESSED with Frozen. Well, isn't everyone? :) Of course we had to have a Frozen Birthday party this summer and these are a few of the activities we did and the kids loved it! {You can check out some of the other activities we did on this post

 Unfreeze Anna!  

Kids will love trying to save Anna by thawing her "Frozen Heart".

Supplies: Anna Cutout, Plastic Cups {I used 16 oz}, Paper Clips, Water, and Access to a freezer. 


You can laminate the Anna cutouts or you can use packing tape to "laminate" them yourself. Put a paper clip on the bottom to weigh Anna down. Fill the cup with water then place in the freezer overnight.

Tomorrow Anna will be frozen solid and will need to be rescued by your little ones! I turn on the faucet and run a little water over the ice so it will come out of the cup easier. After briefly running the water over the ice, I just hit the cup face down on the table, floor, etc... and the block of ice comes right out! Kids can use warm water in spray bottles or blow dryers to try to set Anna free!


 This is a fun little craft for your kids this summer! A Troll Rock!

 These are the materials you will need: Sheet Moss {I got mine for about $3.50 at Walmart}, Jewels, Grey Felt, Grey Pom Poms, Rocks, Black and White Tempera Paint, Google Eyes, Sharpie, Q-tip, and Glue {you can use kid friendly Tacky Glue or help them with a hot glue gun}

The kids paint their rock grey by mixing the black and white tempera paint. Let it dry. {this won't take that long}

I would make the face first so you make sure there is enough room. If you do the moss first then you may not leave enough room for the face. To make the ears, you cut out a U shape out of the felt and hot glue it to the rock. Make sure to pinch in the middle! After you add the moss on the bottom all around, make sure to use some for the Troll's hair.

 Next, add some jewels. Then, add the troll's smile by using a Sharpie and Q-tip with white paint to make the teeth

Such cute little Trolls! I think I'm going to keep you! ;) {name that movie!} These would be fun to do on just a "boring" summer day or at a Frozen Birthday Party!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

July Come Follow Me~ What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ?

These handouts/activities go with the Come Follow Me lesson:
Before the lesson I plan to put one of these "name tags" on all the YW's shirts.

At the beginning of my lesson I was going to show a picture of my Great Grandmother Lucelle Eliza Taylor.  My middle name is Lucelle because I was named after her.  I will share with them a little history about her- she served on the General Primary Board.  Her husband was Vice President of BYU working along side President Wilkinson.  She was a magnificent woman who had served a lot in the church.  

Then, I will share the first 3 paragraphs of Elder Arnold's talk: What Have You Done with My Name?

I will then explain the name tags as we read D&C 20:37, 77
I will explain that when we made a covenant with God that we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ, it is like we are willing to wear his "name tag" with us always. 

We will then do this bullet from the Come Follow Me lesson:
  • Read as a class the last two paragraphs of the talk ("What Have You Done with My Name?"), and invite the young women discuss how they will apply Elder Arnold’s challenge.
Below is a pic of the pages found in the DOWNLOAD HERE.

Page 1

Page 1 can be used with the above bullet discussing "What Have You Done with My Name?" talk.

Page 2

Page 2 can be used with the "Dare to Stand Alone" video.
I added a little applying the scriptures part you can choose whether to use or not. :)
It's using the story of Abinadi as an example of how we should always stand as a witness of Christ because you never know who is watching or will be effected by your testimony or actions.

I encouraged the girls to wear their "Jesus Christ" name tag the entire day.  Then I posted a "selfie" :) on Instagram pointing to my Jesus Christ sticker.  In the description I said "Who is still wearing it?  Mosiah 18:9 {YW Theme} #standingasawitness #YWtheme #YWlessontoday.  I then tagged all my YW peeps and told them to post a picture and tag their YW classmates.  :)

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Camp Link Party!!

Design Dazzle Summer Camp Link Party
I hope you're all enjoying your Summer! I'm THRILLED to say that I have been asked to be a Summer Camp Counselor over on Design Dazzle!!  {Stay tuned for my guest post on her blog next week!} Design Dazzle hosts a Summer Camp on her blog where guest bloggers share FUN summertime ideas you can do with your kids this summer! We still have a few more weeks of Summer Camp fun left! But we want EVERYONE to be involved in Summer Camp, so we're hosting our annual Summer Camp link party because we want to see YOUR fabulous ideas as well! Our Summer Camp Link party starts today and will run through Saturday June 28th. Feel free to link up any projects, ideas, crafts, etc. that you have created which involve Summer Fun & Kids. We want new ideas as well as ideas from years past…the more the better! We'll feature some of our favorites throughout the party on our blog. We've recruited some of our Summer Camp Counselors to help host our link party.

When you link up to our party, it will show up on ALL the following participating blogs:

Be sure to visit all of our new and previous Summer Camp ideas as well, by clicking the banner below!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Playschool~ Teddy Bear Picnic!

Teddy Bear Picnic!
Check out what we did for Teddy Bear Picnic Week:

B is for Bear
Ingredients: Bagel, Peanut Butter, Ritz crackers, and Chocolate Chips.
We ate these with our teddy bears on a picnic blanket.

Using our counting bears, the kids put a bear on each circle I had on the page.  Then, they would touch the bears' head as we would count aloud.  Helps with one to one correspondence
We completed this Teddy Bear Exploration Page about our bears and used cubes to measure it's height.  Click on the link to find the FREE printable.

Gummy Bear sorting and graphing.  I found these worksheets HERE.  But, you have to download the picture and put it in word.  So you can download my graphing page HERE.

A picnic busy bag where the student puts the number ants on the food.

You can find this Busy Bag in my Etsy shop here.

Reading & Craft:
We read "Corduroy" by Don Freeman

I printed the bear HERE and had the kids do marble art with brown paint.
I cut out these green overalls and had them glue a button, eyes, and nose on their Corduroy. 

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