Sunday, February 17, 2013

Come Follow Me (February Lesson): Why Do My Choices Matter?

I had this photo printed at Costco, and on the back I put President Monson's 3 R's of Choice.

I went with an Alice and Wonderland Theme.  I was reading through Pres. Monson's talk titled the 3 R's of Choice and he referenced the movie Alice and Wonderland when she meets the Cheshire cat on the pathway and asks which way to go.  I found the clip on you tube (only 3 min long), downloaded it and showed it to the class.  After we watched the clip, I asked them if they ever felt like Alice did, not knowing which direction to take.  I then made this relation and put it on the board:
Cheshire Cat=Influences
Conscience/Moral Compass= Our Values

I have a print out of these at the end of this post.  It was nice to put them on the board as a Visual Reminder to the girls.  After we had talked about all of this, I then made a quiz for the girls to fill out. I wanted to teach them that when we understand our values, we can understand what choices to make.  We actually went through the quiz together. I stopped on every question, added my thoughts and asked for experiences and feedback.  It turned out incredibly wonderful! I also used some of the talk by President Monson, when appropriate.  As a hand out, I bought some Little Debbie cakes and wrote on them with Frosting: "Eat Me", just to go with the Alice and Wonderland theme.

I wrapped them in cellophane and added this vintage Alice tag.

If you want any of the printables, you can find them listed below:
Alice and Wonderland Visual Aid for board
Who am I Values Quiz
 3 R's of Choice for back of picture
Vintage Alice Tag
Alice and Wonderland Video from You Tube-
(to dowload the video, click on the url address and type in the word "kiss" in front of the "you" in youtube.  It takes you to another site that will let you download it. Click "run" and select the quality. So simple and it works!!!)

Alice and Cheshire Cat Picture with Quote- You should be able to right click and save to your computer.
And if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment!  My lesson was so successful and I presented it in memorable way using characters that were familiar to them. 
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Ink"redible Valentine Cards

You're "Ink"redible Valentine!

I found a sale on some cute Valentine Stamps at Oriental Trading.  My girl's wanted these stamps to give to their friends, but I had no idea how I'd tie it into a Valentine.  After looking all over the web and finding nothing, my husband came up with this cute little saying.  I think it is perfect!  I stumbled across the most AMAZING free, personal use graphics site: My Cute Graphics.  I am so grateful there are people out there willing to share their amazing talents! Thank you!
I toyed with the idea of how to attach them.  I finally found that a hole punch, did just the trick! I think it is about 1/2"-1" (just as long as it is small enough that the big part of the stamp won't go through). Print out on cardstock and there you have it! In the words of my 6 year old, "Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!"

Click Below if you'd like to print out these Valentine's for yourself.  Remember, only personal use, not for resale!

 "Ink"redible Valentine Card Printable
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

YW Personal Progress Valentine Exchange

For our Young Women mutual activity tonight, we had a Valentine Exchange.  The girls had so much fun.  We made Valentine boxes to judge and the girls brought Valentines to give to each other.  To tie it into Personal Progress, I had the girls write one positive quality about each girl (Individual Worth #3,7) on their Valentines.  After we were done with the exchange, we then frosted sugar cookies.  For the Valentine Box Contest, I had 7 different categories for the awards.  I was blown away with how much time and effort the girls put into their boxes.  The contest categories are as follows:

  • "Take My Breath Away"-Best Overall
  • "Laugh Attack"-funniest box
  • "Queen of Hearts"-Box with the Most Hearts
  •  "Eternal Love"-Most time spent
  • "Hopeless Romantic"- Frilliest and Fanciest
  • "Clever Cupid"-Most Creative
  • "Heartbroken"-No effort/ Ran out of Time
Here’s a link to the voting sheetValentines voting sheet
 Here are some pictures and details of the night.
This Cupcake Box won the "Hopeless Romantic" Award

This box  won the "Eternal Love" Award.  I can see why, that does look like to to FOREVER!
Justin Bieber obviously won the "Laugh Attack" Award!

 This was the Grand Prize Winner: Bubble Gum Machine.

This Duck came in a close second place for most creative!

This won the Creative Cupid Award.  She wrapped it in red and white lights and when you opened the box, it played music (she used a Hallmark card that sang a song and taped it to the hinge).  So cute and clever!

This pig was a close runner up for Funniest!

 She won the "Queen of Hearts" Award.

Taking home the Grand Prize!


These are the Prizes that I made for the girls.  I saw a similar idea on Pinterest.  I found these glasses at the dollar store, filled them with bath salts, a rose-shaped soap, a sponge for the top.  For the straw, I used a decorative pen.  The girls LOVED them!

This was the Grand Prize Award.  I found this kit at the dollar store and embellished it. 

Inside I added some goodies.

I just had to share my valentine box.  I am so proud of it!  My little girl wanted me to make a Flamingo.  I made this for under $5, only bought the feathers and paint.  I used balloons, toilet paper rolls and paper mache.