This was a very easy and fun Family Home Evening.
We thought of 5 things we can do each day to keep up spiritually safe. We wrote each one on a paper plate. (scripture study, prayer, being worthy of and listening to the Holy Ghost, keeping the commandments, repentance, …). You could add more, but I wanted us to help each other and be a little squished.
The first person laid the plate down and stepped on it. We made a trail and then the last person had to pick up the last plate and pass it forward to the front person.
We then tried to get across our driveway by only stepping on the paper plates. We have 7 people in our family, so we had to help one another along. When we got a little wobbly, huddling together, my husband decided to be an ‘unseen’ angel that helps us along our path.
I was out of town for April Fools Day, so I didn’t get the momentum I needed to pull off something grand.
So this is what my kids get surprised with this year…
My 14-year-old daughter did FHE last night. She did a great job, so I thought I’d pass along the FHE.
She had prepared an opening song, lesson, scripture, story, and dessert.
Usually we each do a part of FHE, but she did it all this time.
Song: “Give Said the Little Stream”
Scripture: Mosiah 2:17
Story: The Candy Bomber. My daughter made little parachutes with candy attached after she told the story. http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/Uncle_Wiggly_Halvorsen_Story_LR_E5143D25300A3.pdf
Then she gave us a piece of papers, where we each wrote a goal of how we can serve more at home, at school, at church, and in our community specifically.
For dessert, she had made pudding.
She served it with a long spoon.
We couldn’t reach our own mouths.
Then we learned to serve and help others.
I can’t wait for General Conference!
I made a poster for my children inspired from this blog:
and this one
She has the printouts as well.
I laminated it to make it last for several conferences.
I never know how to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. I occasionally dye the milk green and then no one drinks it.
I occasionally put green food coloring in the toilet, but then have to explain it too much to make it funny.
This year, I will put this cute note by each of my children’s bed where they will see it when they get up in the morning.
Then I found some green candy to tuck into their shoes.
Simple. Fun. No complaints of green dyed food.
My kids made some fun bookmarks. Most of them went to Grandma as gifts.
Take a photo of kids pretending to hang on to something, cut out their body (the least favorite part of the project), and laminate it. I used contact paper, but it wasn’t as clear to see their faces. I wish I had laminated it.
Punch a hole in the photo through their hands and thread a ribbon or bookmark tassel through. I found a bulk package of 25 tassels on eBay for a couple of dollars.
My kids gave most of the bookmarks away before I got a photo, so I’ve included some of our favorite photos we used instead of the actual bookmark photo.
1—I do the tasks I would most likely procrastinate FIRST. When I do the tasks I don’t want to do first, I can ‘reward’ myself with doing a task I don’t mind as much. For example, if I don’t want to clean the bathrooms, I clean them before I can sit on my bed folding laundry (a chore I don’t mind as much). When I start with a pleasant task, I usually never make it to the less-pleasant ones that need to be done.
2—Also, for a daily task I don’t like, I have found time blocking to also be effective. I don’t like cleaning the kitchen every day, nor do I like feeling like I spent all morning cleaning the kitchen while I have so many other things I also need to do. I set aside 20 minutes and tell myself I only have to clean it for that long. Usually it doesn’t bother me to clean a little longer after I got started.
3–There are some tasks or jobs that seem overwhelming that I don’t even do the task because I am stressed. I have to remind myself to just get something started, and then the rest usually flows. If I get out the supplies I need and set them on the counter, or make the phone call I need to,…etc… then the project seems less daunting once I’ve started my ‘baby steps’.
4–Get the small tasks out of the way. If it is a short task, it is easier to get it done than it is to go write it on my To Do list. If it takes just a couple minutes, do it now.
5–Also, I run my errands in batches. On my calendar, I keep a running tally of things I need at the store or errands to run. The weekly calendar is in my purse, so if I happen to be near a store I need, I can see what I need and take care of it while I’m nearby. That list also helps me not forget something and have to make an extra trip back to the store.
My dad taught me to group my errands together to save time. Instead of driving across town for one thing, I usually keep that errand until I have more errands in that part of town.
In the past, my family would acquire a year and a half of food storage and then we would not think about it for a while. Every time I needed to see how much food we had, it was like I had to start over on figuring out how much we had and what we needed, and if we had enough for my growing family.
I finally made a chart where I tallied up what we had, and filled in the gaps with what we needed by hitting case lot sales. Then I placed a chart on the door to our food storage room which was marked every time we used something from that room. If we used a can of black beans, we would make a hash mark by that item on the list. Now I take the list with me to the store every six months and stock up on what we use the most of instead of randomly guessing what we might need.
Suggested amounts of basic foods for home storage (from an official letter from Church Headquarters):
Per adult for one year:
Grains: 400 lb
Legumes: 60 lbs (beans, split peas, lentils, etc.)
Powdered milk: 16 lbs
Cooking oil: 10 qts.
Sugar or honey: 60 lbs
Salt: 8 lbs
Water (2 weeks): 14 gallons
See also http://www.providentliving.com for suggestions
I hid 40 Valentine pictures of me all around the house for the kids to find Valentines Day morning.
They found them in the fridge, poking up between couch cushions, in a jar in the pantry, tucked in a house plant, on the windshield of the car, in their homework folders, stuck on a mirror, … They loved running around finding them all.
You gotta make these marshmallow catapults! So much fun!
Wide popsicle sticks, water bottle or soda lid glued on one stick, and a bunch of rubber bands.
We had fun launching marshmallows and trying to catch them in our mouths, or some of my children wanted to guarantee catching a marshmallow so they launched them directly into their own mouths.
Big jumbo popsicle sticks
Lid from a water bottle or soda pop
Use a glue gun to attach the lid to a popsicle stick, leaving a little room on the end for your finger to push the catapult down before launching.
Put four or five popsicle sticks together and bind them on each end with rubberbands.
Stack these sticks:
the popsicle stick with the lid on it,
then the four or five stack–perpendicular to the top stick,
then another stick underneath that is parrallel to the lid stick.
Attach these together in the middle with a rubberband. I made my rubberband cross over the top.
Then have someone hold those sticks while you attach with rubbberbands the ends of the top and bottom sticks. Use multiple rubberbands if needed, and make it tight. Get some mini marshmallows and you’re all set to launch!
I doorbell ditched this on my porch when my husband was home.
He used the dart to pop each balloon to find the words I had put inside the balloons–
one word in each balloon asking him on a date.
He loved it.
Soon I will post my list of creative ways to ask out dates, like I did in high school.
President Thomas S. Monson challenges all to take a personal, diligent, significant quest for an abundant life.
He talks about the ABCs —
A for attitude,
B for believe—in yourself, in those around you, and in eternal principles.
C is for courage:
-“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide on, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
-There will be times when you will be frightened and discouraged. You may feel that you are defeated. The odds of obtaining victory may appear overwhelming. At times you may feel like David trying to fight Goliath. But remember—David did win!
-Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one’s coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve.
-Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedness to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required.
This is one of my family’s favorite breakfasts.
½ cup flour
½ cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbs margarine
Melt 3 Tbs margarine in a 9 x 13″ pan in the oven at 350 degrees. When butter is melted and bubbling, pour batter in pan and bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve with berries or syrup and powdered sugar.
Instead of keeping everything my preschoolers and kindergarten children bring home, I take photos of their papers at the end of each school year. I spread out their papers on the floor and then stand on a chair to take the photos. It’s usually 5-6 photos that I can put on one scrapbook page. Then I pick my 5 favorite pieces of work to slide in the scrapbook as well.
Keep in mind these photos were scanned in and blown up, so normally it’s easier to read the papers and see the schoolwork.
You won’t forget this one:
Forgiveness Flour by Marguerite Stewart
When I went to the door, at the whisper of knocking,
I saw Simeon Gantner’s daughter, Kathleen, standing
There, in her shawl and her shame, sent to ask
“Forgiveness Flour” for her bread. “Forgiveness Flour,”
We call it in our corner. If one has erred, one
Is sent to ask for flour of his neighbors. If they loan it
To him, that means he can stay, but if they refuse, he had
Best take himself off. I looked at Kathleen . . .
What a jewel of a daughter, though not much like her
Father, more’s the pity. “I’ll give you flour,” I said,
and went to measure it. Measuring was the rub.
If I gave too much, neighbors would think I made sin easy,
but if I gave too little, they would label me “close.”
While I stood measuring, Joel, my husband
came in from the mill, a great bag of flour on his
shoulder, and seeing her there, shrinking in the
doorway, he tossed the bag at her feet. “Here, take
all of it.” And so she had flour for many loaves,
while I stood measuring.
President Kimball wants us to put in our journals:
Our going and comings
Our deepest thoughts
Our achievements and failures
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My Amazing Mother writes cards to her children and grandchildren for their birthday. Inside the card, she writes their name horizontally and writes some great things about the child with their letters of their name. Often it has characteristics of the child included.
Here is an example for the name Jane Smith:
We had a fun way to help kids to remember good manners. I got a little trophy and had the words “Marvelous Manners” put on it. (~$5 total). You can have anything you want put on it.
Every dinner, my husband and I would watch for someone who showed good manners and awarded them the trophy at the end of dinner.
They got to keep the trophy in their room for a day, until the next dinner. My kids LOVED it! And it really helped them to remember to be aware of their manners and chew with their mouths closed, stay in their seats, saying please and thank you, …
We had a Minute To Win It Party for my daughter’s birthday. It was a BLAST!
We played the games, usually without a stopwatch. We had teams compete to see who can accomplish the task first. Get your camera ready!
Divide the participants into teams. They all play Face the Cookie (with a prize for the one winner), then they play as teams with a few contestants to play each game. They can take turns who gets to play and may not even know what the contest is before they volunteer to play it.
We had these games:
Face the Cookie– Using only the face, move cookies from the forehead to the mouth.
Breakfast Challenge–Assemble the cereal box puzzle as fast as you can. (We timed this one and just had one puzzle).
Head Bowling—Keep feet together and swing orange to tip over water bottles.
Ping Pong Race–Using a measuring tape, set at 4 feet, send a ping-pong ball into a cup. It’s harder than it looks. You can change the measurements to make it harder.
Ping Pong Shake– Wiggle a box that is attached to your waist filled with ping-pong balls until the box is empty.
Bag This– Pick up paper bags of varying heights using only the mouth. Nothing can touch the floor except their feet when they are bending over.
This Blows– Player must continually blow up a balloon and expel the air from it to knock cups off of a table.
Ping-Pong Blow—Players blow off a ping-pong ball from a cup full of water into another cup.
Cotton Nose– Player must transfer cotton balls, 1 at a time from 1 serving bowl to another using only petroleum jelly on the nose.
Penny Hose– Player must remove 1 penny from each leg of a pair of panty hose using only their hands. They cannot pull at the nylons with arms or knees.
Stack ‘Em cups– Player must stack 10 plastic cups into a perfect triangle-shaped structure. Once that’s completed, player must get the cups back into a single stack.
I made a big poster for the scoreboard.
Then we finished the party with a Saltine War. Best. Game. Ever. Everyone plays.
Saltine War—Thread fishing line through the center of a saltine cracker and tie. Then tie the line to a belt loop (or around the waist if there is no belt loop) so the cracker hangs a couple of inches above the left knee (If they are left-handed, do it above the right knee). Everyone gets a ½ water noodle sword and are instructed to only hit legs as they try to break other people’s saltines before their own gets broken and they are out of the game. You may keep playing if you have any saltine hanging on your line.
For these games, you would need: cookies, nylons, tissue boxes (I attached them with strips of fabric through a slit in the back), a big box of ping-pong balls, cotton balls, petroleum jelly, pennies, paper bags, big red plastic cups, bottles of water (a case), and a few oranges. For the saltine war, you need fishing line, water noodles, and saltines.
Most of the supplies, you can reuse several times. So far, we’ve used them for multiple parties, group dates, and a few family reunions.
We had a Food Fear Factor with a bunch of vegetables we rarely eat or have never tried.
My kids could rate each food with a Yum, Okay, or Yuck.
I was pleasantly surprised to see my kids try everything I had brought!
They loved it and were surprised by which foods they actually liked.
Since then, my children have been more brave when it comes to trying new foods.
(My 8 year old now even tries to mix foods together. His latest concoction was pomegranate seeds on his chicken and rice.)
My kids LOVE to have a Restaurant at Home. I’m usually the Chef and the kids rotate turns on who gets to be the server. We do this about once a month, and it’s a great way to get rid of leftovers or clean out the freezer. Another bonus: my kids seem to have better manners at our Home Restaurant.
The rest of the family goes outside and then rings the doorbell. They are greated by the server who seats them and gives them a menu.
When it was my five year old’s turn, she wanted a picture menu so she could just circle what people wanted.
We usually have several main dishes and then a bunch of vegetables to pick from.
My 14 year old printed some coloring pages for the kids to color while they were waiting for their food.
President Kimball 1980
“I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations. Each of us is important to those who are new and dear to us and as our posterity read of our life’s experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted.”
It’s Date Night! Here is my list that I have added to for years.
1. Bake cookies
2. Visit an art gallery
3. Browse through a book store or the library
4. Go for a walk
5 . Volunteer at an animal shelter
6. Movie Night
7. Watch a movie at home and order take-out
8. Spa Night at home
9. Go biking
10. Go play on a playground at a park
11. Go hiking
12. Go tubing in a stream/river
13. Make kites
14. Have a 99 cent date…don’t spend more!
15. Eat dinner with odd utensils. Spaghetti is hilarious!
16. Make and take treats to neighbors
17. Take a dance class
18. Have dinner at a campground (or breakfast)
19. Play a board game
20. Run a 5K or do a relay
21. Double date with your parents
22. Have a ping pong or pool tournament, or darts
23. Go rollerblading
24. Picnic at a park
25. Have a water balloon fight
26. Have a whip cream war at a park –you each get a can a whipped cream
27. Bake bread together
28. Go out for breakfast
29. Go to a sporting event
30. Kidnap your date
31. Visit a hospital and cheer someone up
32. Sunrise hike and breakfast
33. Go horseback riding
34. See your city by bus
35. Play night games with friends
36. Go on a double date with siblings
37. Have a BBQ
38. Go to a children’s museum
39. Make homemade ice cream
40. Go to a concert
41. Lazer Tag
42. Go paintballing
43. Berry picking at a local farm
44. Day trip to a waterfall, visitor’s center, historic site, …
45. Try something you have never tried before
46. Egg or water balloon toss
47. Tandem bikes
48. Go play tennis
49. Boomerangs or Frisbees at a park
50. Disco roller skating
51. Ice block
52. Go on a helicopter or hot air balloon ride
53. Go for a walk in the rain, or go puddle jumping
54. Go sledding
55. Outdoor movie projected on your house
56. Carnival or amusment park
57. Go swimming
58. Go to a water park
59. Public Garden tour
60. Go to a zoo or an aviary
61. Indoor trampoline or gymnastics place
62. Go dance in a parking lot with music from your car
63. Have a Wii tournament
64. Star gazing or find out when the next meteor shower is in your area
65. Miniature golf
66. Go to a restaurant you have never tried before
68. Exercise together
69. Visit city fountains
70. Ski or snowboarding
71. Canoe or kayak together
72. Go water skiing
73. Habitat for Humanity—go build together
74. Ice Skating
75. Scuba diving
76. Golf or driving range
77. Take a factory tour
78. Play croquet in the dark with flashlights, or use glow stick necklaces as the hoops
79. Segway tours
80. Pizza party –make your own, as a group date
81. Take a class together (painting, photography, …)
82. Fondue party
83. Sundae making contest
84. Feed ducks at a park
85. Play volleyball
87. Rock climb
88. Recreate your first date
89. Progressive dinner with friends
90. Garden together
91. Cross Country skiing
92. Walk around a college campus
93. Play basketball
95. Wash your car together
96. Jet ski
97. Build a snowman
98. Go carts
99. Fly a kite
100. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a shelter
101. Have a cook-off with specific ingredients
102. Build a snowman
103. See who can find the best item under $10 at garage sales
104. Carve pumpkins
105. Go to an arcade
106. Batting cages
107. Watch homemade movies together
108. Go to the Drive-In
109. Find a DIY project to do together
110. Go to a play
111. Roast s’mores over a fire
112. Horse carriage through the city
113. Go to a farmer’s market
114. Go to a shooting range
115. Visit an orchard
116. Go to an air show
117. Give each other foot massages
118. Go camping
119. Go together to get a massage
120. Transform an old piece of furniture
121. Go to a farmer’s market
122. Petting zoo or a pet store
123. Geo caching
124. Go to a pottery class or sculpting class
125. Go to a hobby store and find something new to try
126. Have a theme night
128. Go on a nature trail
129. Visit a local bakery
130. Bring flowers to a Care Center
131. Decorate cakes or cupcakes together
132. Visit an aquarium
133. Make a list of things you love about each other
134. Go on a riverboat cruise
135. Do puzzles together
136. Rent a convertible for a day
137. Go to a comedy club
138. Potluck dinner with friends
139. Play racquetball
140. Visit a museum
Life was not meant to be bottled up forever. This jar is jam-packed with deliciously interesting questions to inspire you to celebrate something very important, you!
RECIPE: Combine a generous slice of your life history with a dash of nostalgia and several cups of facts and feelings.
If you will follow this simple recipe, you will find you have a delicious, personal history. All you need to do is draw out one slip of paper at least once a week. Paste the question to the top of a blank piece of paper and begin to tell all about it. Spend a few minutes and enjoy remembering. Tell your story.
Describe a favorite childhood friend and some fun things you did with her.
Where did you live as a child? (city, country, suburb…)
How many brothers and sisters did you have? Describe them. Tell a story about you and each of them.
What things do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child?
What color was your house, your bedroom, your living room as a child?
Do you remember any of your four grandparents? Any great-grandparents? What were their names? Any memories you may have?
Describe getting a Christmas tree with your family as a child, how did you decorate it, when did you put it up, etc..
Describe your Sundays.
Tell about your mother—personality, characteristics, stature, talents, family stores about her., etc.
What is the most important lesson, message, or advice you’ve learned that you’d like to pass on for others to profit by?
What are you favorites: colors, flowers, food, activities, hobbies?
Do you remember any special feelings you had as a child? Fears, fantasies,…etc?
Describe your favorite dress/outfit.
Describe the downtown of your Childhood at Christmas time.
Tell about your favorite aunt.
Tell about any ancestors you know about, dates, names, (for historical purposes) & any stories about them.
What church callings have you had? Which did you enjoy the most?
Tell about a frustrating experience you have had.
Describe a childhood birthday.
How do you feel about winning? Losing?
Tell about family reunions.
Did you have a childhood hide-out? Where? Describe it.
What is your advice to those younger than you?
Did you go camping? Tell about your experiences.
What is your favorite book? What do books mean to you?
What were your father’s best traits? His worst?
What are your food preferences and how did they come about?
What games did you play in your home or neighborhood?
What was your most (really) embarrassing moment?
Tell about a favorite vacation from your childhood.
Write your testimony of the gospel.
Tell about religion practiced in your home,…faith promoting stories, etc.
Do you have a favorite general authority? Who and why?
How did you feel about school?
Were you ever in a drama, speech, sports, pep, or glee club? Tell about it.
Do you recall any outstanding family trips or summer outings you experienced as a child?
Describe the most serious illness you have had.
What are you frightened of? Why?
Have you met or worked with any famous people? Where? When?
What are you most precious and deeply embedded values?
Describe your mother’s wedding dress. What do you know about her wedding?
What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
If you could be an animal, which one would you choose and why?
Where is the most exciting place you have been? What made it exciting?
What would you like to be remembered for?
What personality trait do you admire most and why?
What do you think about movies? What is your favorite movie and why?
Tell about a special date you had with a boyfriend, your fiancé. Describe a typical day
during your High School years.
What is your greatest joy? Your greatest sorrow?
Tell about handed-down talents, things your parents taught you,…etc
Did you have a favorite TV show as a child or youth? Describe it.
What did you do as a child that got you into the most trouble with your parents? How did they handle it?
Tell about the house(s) you lived in during your childhood. Do you remember addresses or phone numbers?
Do you have a favorite author? Who? Why? Tell about favorite books as a child.
Tell about your own family traditions: Christmas, birthdays, graduation, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, hunting, funerals, Mothers Day, weddings, etc.
What special things did you do with your father?
Tell about all of the placed you’ve worked.
Describe a typical day as a child in elementary school.
What do you fantasize about being or doing?
Where was a favorite place to go with your family when you were young?
Did it snow where you lived as a child? What kings of things did you do in it?
Did you have a bicycle? What was it like?
What did you feel has been the most significant world event that has taken place during
your lifetime and why?
What kids of extracurricular activities did you participate in school?
Describe your conversion to the gospel.
Describe your first home/apartment as a young couple.
Write a want ad that describes your husband/wife.
What kind of lesson do you wish you could have taken (piano, violin…etc..).?
What lessons did you take as a child that have carried over in your adult life?
Describe your first “crush”. What was he/she like?
What were your fears, expectations, anticipations about getting married?
Were you responsible for any household chores and what were they? Which did you enjoy the most? least enjoy?
What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?
What is the most trying experience that ever happened to you?
What do you remember about the day you were baptized?
Do you like rain storms? Why or why not?
Do you remember a special birthday party you’ve had given to been to?
Do you have a favorite general authority? Who and why?
How did you become engaged?
What is the one invention you could not live without and why?
What is your advice to those younger than you?
What special things did you do with your mother?
Did you and your father share any interests? Tell about your relationship.
What kind of music do you like?
Tell about any pets you had as a child.
Tell about your early romances.
Tell about your teenage social life.
Tell the words of a song from your childhood. What memories does it bring?
Tell about any conditions surrounding your birth that you are aware of. Tell any interesting
stories about your beginnings. (How your name was chosen).
What do you feel is the most significant world event that has taken place during your lifetime and why?
Describe your yard as a child. Did you help with yard work?
Tell about how, when and where you learned to drive.
Was there a teacher or class that had a great influence on you?
Did you go to college or take any vocational training?
How did you first meet your in-laws?
What is the biggest lesson in life you found to be true?
Tell about your grandchildren—how many? Names? How do you feel about being a grandparent?
What church jobs did your parents have? What do you remember about their church
Tell about the changes you have seen in your lifetime: society, technology, fashion, fads, morality, politics…etc…
Tell something about each of your children; their personalities, their talents, their traits that make them different and special.
Tell about your civic or political activities.
One word on how to live successfully.
Tell about your life as the children left home—new interests, employment, moves,
Tell about anniversaries.
How did you like being the oldest, youngest, or middle child?
Tell a courtship story about your parents.
Tell about retirement.
Did you have roommates or companions? Tell about them and the things you learned living with others.
Do you like to go to the theater? Opera? Symphony?
What is your child-rearing philosophy?
What is your secret for good health?
Are there any family heirlooms in your possession? Tell about them and how you came to acquire them.
How did your mother spend her time?
What was your favorite Saturday activity as a child?
What makes each of your brothers and sisters special? Be specific.
What is your favorite scripture? Why?
What brings the most peace and why?
Where would you like to vacation the most and why?
Did you belong to girl/boy scouts or 4-H?
Do you have a close relationship with any of your grandparents? Tell about it.
Share a principle you have learned, or one you have taught.
What is the most adventuresome thing you have ever done?
Did you have a favorite subject in school? One you dreaded?
What do you remember about shopping with your mother? Any particular store?
What is your favorite holiday? How do you celebrate?
What did your father do for a living?
How old were you and your husband when you were married? Describe plans and hopes at that time.
Tell about the birth of each of your children.
What political party comes closest to representing your own point of view?
Did you have a favorite toy as a child? Did it have a name? What memories are connected with it?
Do you have a special high school or college memory?
I am constantly looking for fun things for kids to do, especially to prevent them from sitting in front of a screen (ipad, TV, computer,…) when they are bored. Here is one of my lists I keep around for my kids.
FUN THINGS TO DO FOR KIDS
fly a kite
make up a skit & videotape it
play with bubbles
play hide and seek
make a popsicle in the freezer using your favorite drink
bubble-gum blowing contest
catch 5 different kinds of bugs
read a book
help mom plan the weekly menu
feed the birds bread heels
make a puppet from a paper bag
wash your bike
find five really cool rocks
go to the edge of a golf course & hunt for golf balls
clean your bedroom closet
watermelon seed spitting contest
lay on the grass & look at clouds
re-arrange your room
play in a sandbox & dig a tunnel
get a tape measure & measure different things around the house
make a wish list of places you want to visit this summer
put together a puzzle
make a fort–with couch cushions, boxes, a table, bunkbeds…
have a picnic
make homemade ice cream
write a letter to a grandparent
get a group of friends together & play night games
write a letter to a cousin
make romper-stompers from cans and string
play in the puddles after a heavy rain
hide an “I love you” note under someone’s pillow
play with play dough
make something out of a toilet paper roll
make up a song & tape record it
make your own matching cards
what can you do with an egg carton
go on a walk
go to the library
make a macaroni necklace
catch a butterfly
play on the computer
make a collage of things freeze grapes for a snack
pop popcorn–go outside & see if you can catch a piece in your mouth
run through the sprinklers
fill up squirt bottles with water & have a water fight outside
cook something new
pick up trash in your neighborhood
watch a video
visit someone who is lonely
collect several leaves and make a leaf rubbing with crayons
play mail carrier with old junk mail from Mom
plant a seed–watch it grow
trace a friend onto large paper
draw a picture of something in your house
read about your favorite hero
get permission to pick flowers for a dinner centerpiece
paint your fingernails
start a collection of something
go to a movie
make up a dance routine
have a talent show
listen to music
start a club
look at family pictures
sit and think
go for a bike ride
spend time with your pet
eat a juicy fruit
make flash cards & practice math
play button, button, who’s got the button
play I Spy
paint with water on the sidewalk
pull ten weeds from your yard or garden
make a list of your ten favorite foods
draw your own comic strip
read a book to a younger sibling
shoot some hoops-play a game of horse
build something from blocks
play Cat’s in the Cradle with a piece of string
design future house
make paper windmills
make bookmarks — with stamps
make finger puppets
teach a song in a different language
clean liter in park
play with helicopter seeds
carve something out of soap
plant flowers / garden
make goodies for other people
In Massachusetts, it`s against the law to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
In Kentucky, there is a law that a person has to take a bath at least once a year.
In the state of Colorado, if your cat goes outside loose it has to wear a tail light.
In Massachusetts, no gorilla is allowed in the backseat of any car.
An Alaska law is that you can`t look at a moose from an air plane.
In North Dakota, it is illegal to lie down to sleep with your shoes or socks on.
In North Carolina, it`s against the law for cats and dogs to get in a fight.
In Arkansas, it’s against the law to mispronounce the name of the state (AR-kan–saw).
In Virginia, the law says that chickens cannot lay eggs before 8:00 a.m., and have to be done before 4:00 p.m.
President Thomas S. Monson: “My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith. I declare that God lives and that He hears and answers our prayers. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and our Redeemer. Heaven’s blessings await us.”
Henry B. Eyring: “We knew our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son before we came into this life. We felt peace with Them then, and we long to be with Them again, with our families and those we love.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “I testify that God is in His heaven. He lives. He knows and loves you. He is mindful of you. He hears your prayers and
knows the desires of your heart. He is filled with infinite love for you.”
Boyd K. Packer: “I bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ. He lives. He directs and leads this Church. Of this I bear solemn testimony.”
L. Tom Perry: “I know that God lives. I know that we are all His children and that He loves us. I know that He sent His Son to the world to be an atoning sacrifice for all mankind, and those who embrace His gospel and follow Him will enjoy eternal life, the greatest of all gifts of God.”
Russell M. Nelson: “Wherever I walk, it is my divine calling and sacred privilege to bear fervent testimony of Jesus the Christ. He lives! I love him. Eagerly I follow him, and willingly I offer my life in his service. As his special witness, I solemnly teach of him. I testify of him.”
Dallin H. Oaks: “I testify that He lives and loves us. I testify that as the Light and Life of the World, He has provided the way for us to return to our heavenly home to enjoy the associations and highest blessings of God our Eternal Father, even eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God.”
M. Russell Ballard: “This is His gospel. He lived for us, and He died for us, because He loves us. I love Him more deeply and powerfully than I can find words to express. He is my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer, and my friend.”
Richard G. Scott: “I testify that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is a resurrected being of perfect love and compassion. I witness that He gave His life that we might live eternally with Him and our Father in Heaven and our loved ones…. I know that the Savior lives.”
|Robert D. Hales: “I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that He guides and directs His Church by revelation through His prophet in this very day and time. If we will have faith in our Savior, He will see us through our trials. He lives and knows and loves each one of us. He so much wants to bless us if we will come unto Him.”|
Jeffrey R. Holland: “I testify that Jesus is the Christ. I testify of His prophets, seers, and revelators… are at work now, under the guidance of the Savior of us all, in and for our very needful day.”
David A. Bednar: “I declare my apostolic witness that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ, our living Redeemer and Savior…The heavens are not closed. God speaks to us individually and to the world through the authorized leaders of His latter-day kingdom upon the earth.”
Quentin L. Cook: “I, with you, am eternally grateful to Jesus Christ, the rescuer of mankind. I bear witness that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.”
D. Todd Christofferson: “I testify that through Christ you will become holy, as He and our Father are holy. I know Jesus Christ as the living, resurrected Son of God.”
Neil L. Andersen: “I do know with perfect and certain clarity through the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, the Beloved Son of God.”
My aunt has so much family history information that it is very overwhelming to try to read it all.
I decided to make a Family History book called One-Page-Biographies. It took a while to condense to the most important information, but I shortened my ancestors histories to something that is easy to read, even for my kids.
Some ancestors I didn’t know much about, so I included anything I could find. If I didn’t have a photo of them, I included a little picture of where they were from.
I divided my book into four sections, one for each grandparent line. I included a pedigree chart at the beginning of each section with that grandparent at the beginning of the pedigree.
I am grateful to get to know my ancestors better and see their strengths as they went through their individual hardships. My love for them has increased.
This book has proved very helpful when needing to look up a specific ancestor story, or to see similarities in appearances (see photo of my brother and my ancestor who look alike).
I made a copy of this book for my siblings, with sheet protectors, so I email them more ancestors as I find them and they can update their binder anytime.
As I started working on this book, things fell into place. I was able to find more pictures than I thought I would and others were more than helpful to share information they had.