Monday, April 20, 2009
Melts in your mouth, not in your hands............................M&M's
Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce........................McDonalds Big Mac
Yo Quiero...............................................................................Taco Bell
Mmm, mmm, good...............................................................Campbell's Soup
Just do it................................................................................Nike
With a name like _____....it has to be good.....................Smuckers
Be all that you can be...........................................................U.S. Army
Breakfast of champions.......................................................Wheaties
It keeps going, and going, and going...................................Energizer
Teach that you must be careful about what goes in to your mind. You should always be prepared to have something good to put in to your mind in case something bad pops in. Music is a good way to do this.
Here is a talk by Boyd K. Packer (April 2008) that mentions how the mind is like a stage and how to get rid of bad thoughts. He also suggests music as a means to help. Great article to draw from for this lesson.
Demonstrate the idea of the mind being like a stage by using a small, simply constructed stage and finger puppets. Visually show the family Boyd K. Packer's words by acting it out as you share the idea. Have some puppets designated as bad thoughts, others as pure thoughts. Show how the pure thoughts can oust the bad ones.
Spend time memorizing Church hymns and children's songs here. Memorize scriptures using songs here. (all scripture songs are free)
Monday, April 13, 2009
Feast Upon the Word Cookies
3/4 cup _________“The words of his mouth were smoother than ____” (Ps. 55:21)
1/3 cup _________“Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy ____ and honey” (2 Ne. 26:25)
1 1/2 cups _________“To what purpose cometh there to me … the ____ ____ from a far country?” (Jer. 6:20)
2 _________“As one gathereth ____ that are left, have I gathered all the earth” (Isa. 10:14)
2 cups _________“And Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty measures of fine ____” (1 Kgs. 4:22)
1 teaspoon _________“Take thou also unto thee principal spices … and of sweet ____ half so much” (Ex. 30:23)
1 teaspoon _________“Ye are the ____ of the earth” (Matt. 5:13)
1/2 teaspoon _________“The kingdom of heaven is like unto ____ (Matt. 13:33)
3 cups _________“Nevertheless … ____ for the horse” (D&C 89:17)
1 cup _________“And they gave him … two clusters of ____” (1 Sam. 30:12)
To start, beat the first four ingredients together. Next, mix in the remaining ingredients. Then, drop the cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Finally, bake at 350° F for about 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
You need a spice container (I used a jar of poppy seeds.) and a smooth table for this game. Give each person as many turns as you desire. The object is to slide the jar accross the table and get it as close to the edge as possible without it falling off. Next, you need a magnet (I used some from our magnetix toy.) and a small metal object, such as a metal ball, or another magnetix piece. Place the magnet on the table. Give the person the metal object. The goal is to roll or slide the metal object as close as possible to the magnet without getting caught in the magnetic pull and sucked in to the magnet. The Lesson Learned
In the first game, teach that it is easiest to keep from falling off the table by staying towards the center of the table, just like it is easiest to keep from sin if we keep the Savior as the center of our lives.
The second game demonstrates the way in which Satan works. He will entice you to come a little closer, come a little closer, until you are caught in his magnetic pull and he ensares you. Again the best choice is to draw near to Jesus and stay there. The closer you get to the sin that Satan wants you to do, the easier it is for him to entice you further away from the Lord.
Here's an outline of a little story that demonstrates this principle well. You can add a few embellishments using your own words to make the story a little more realistic and fun. This summary was taken from here. "A stagecoach company owner who was looking for a new driver. He asked how they would approach a dangerous curve. The first two applicants said they would get as close to the edge as possible without toppling over. The final driver said, "I'm going to stay as far from the edge as I can." This man was hired, because the owner trusted him to carry the precious cargo of his wife and children around the curve safely."
Draw near unto Christ
How do we do this? One way is through making the scriptures a strong part of our lives. Here's a scripture trivia game to play. Use masking tape to mark off 3 sections on the floor or table. The first section is worth 2 points, the second 4 points, and the third 6 points. Divide the family into two teams. Team members can choose easy questions or hard questions. Young family members earn 3 points for easy questions. Other family members earn 1 point for easy, 5 points for hard. Once the team member has answered the question, they can earn additional points for their team by tossing a pom pom into one of the marked off sections. (You get to do this even if you miss the question answer.) Play to a certain point amount, certain number of questions, or until you are tired of the game. Here is a site to get some harder questions. Type Book of Mormon trivia questions in to a google or yahoo search and you will get a lot of sites to find more questions. Here are a few easier questions.
The Gadianton ________?
The tree of _________?
What were Nephi & Bros supposed to do the first time they went back to Jerusalem?
The B.o.M. contains writings of prophets T/F
What’s the Liahona
Who translated B.o.M.
Jesus visited the Americas T/F
Who cut off arms of Lamanites while tending sheep?
Name one person who got his head cut off?
What is the title of liberty?
What is something that happened in America when Jesus was born?
Name a wicked king
Name a righteous king
Who really took the Lamanites daughters that were dancing?
Tell the story of the brother of Jared
Name the second book in the book of mormon
Name the last book in the book of mormon
Lehi’s youngest son?
4 sons of Mosiah?
Monday, April 6, 2009
I just wanted to share this great link I foundover at LDS Resources.net It kind of sums up Christ's last week here on earth. I love that it has scripture references to go along with it.
For our FHE tonight, I went over Christs activities for the last week of His mortal ministry, and then we read the scripture references for both Palm Sunday and what He would have done on this day two thousand years ago. I explained that we will continue to read the references for the rest of the week as well. I just thougth it might be a cool way of helping us this week before Easter, to keep in mind what He was going through during this most important time in His life, and to help us be more mindful of why we are celebrating Easter.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
It sounds like I'm not the only one who needs help with her toddler during General Conference on Saturday. I want my son to get the most out of it (or at least sit quietly so I can hear), but it's a challenge for a little boy who never sits still.
I'm determined to do my best to prepare this time, though. I'm hoping that if I have several activities on hand, I'll be more likely to be successful.
Here are my ideas so far.
- Watch the apostles song movie so my son gets used to seeing the apostles' faces and gets excited about recognizing them. Discuss that a new apostle will be called during conference.
- Print out two sets of these apostle fact cards and play matching and recognition games. Here are some ideas for different games to play with these cards.
- Read this article on Preparing Our Children for General Conference and this article on Conference: It's for the Whole Family (to motivate myself).
Ideas for conference
- Build a conference reverence tent.
- Kids who enjoy coloring may enjoy filling out parts of this conference packet.
- Have a basket or box of activities ready for each session (so I don't use up all my ideas in the first hour!). These might include different activities my son likes, such as:
- Coloring pages
- Paint with water
- Special snacks
- Safety scissors and construction paper
- Toys that he hasn't seen in awhile
- Church books
- Have some ideas for physical activities to do during hymns, such as a quick game of tag, hide-and-seek: anything to get him moving for a minute.
- Draw pictures to send to distant friends and family.
- Have some ties and other dress-ups available to dress up like the speakers.
- Assemble some of these cut-out paper toys.
- Get out the blocks, or some other toy that he doesn't get to play with often.
Last of all, make your naptime work for you. I'm planning on having my son take his nap during the afternoon sessions--it's pretty close to his regular time, anyway. Keeping him up would make us all grumpy.
It's your turn. Any great ideas to help toddlers get the most out of conference?