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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
It is not difficult to understand why the great God of heaven has reserved these special spirits for the final work of the kingdom prior to his millennial reign… This generation will face trials and troubles that will exceed those of their pioneer forebears. Our generation has had periods of some respite from the foe. The future generation will have little or none… This is a chosen generation… I believe todays’ [Church’s youth] will lead the youth of the world through the most trying time in history. VAUGHN J. FEATHERSTONE
I meet young people everywhere who are wonderful and faithful; youth who want to do the right thing and who indicate the reality of what I have been saying for a long time, that we’ve never had a better generation of young people in the Church than we have today. They are faithful. They are active. They’re knowledgeable. They are a great generation, notwithstanding the environment in which many of them are growing up. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
…I return to Peter’s great statement as I make a plea and offer – a challenge: ‘Ye are a chosen generation.’ How very true that is. Notwithstanding all of the problems that we have, this, I believe, is the greatest age in the history of the world. And you young people of this generation are a part of it. You are the beneficiaries of it. Its fruits are here to bless your lives if you will grasp them and live worthy of them… Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not…. God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God….” Make no mistake about it you are a marked generation. EZRA TAFT BENSON
All through the ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it…this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short time than there is of us. EZRA TAFT BENSON
…this generation of [youth] is going to do deeds never done before. You are going to accomplish the seemingly impossible because you are on His errand. Your generation will fight the greatest army of Satanic hosts ever assembled. You will be severely out numbered. You will need a deep and abiding faith in Christ to survive-and you will survive. The Lord and his servants will triumph, we do know that. Letter to the Youth of the Church, 9 May 1981
My brothers and sisters, we are a chosen generation. This is the greatest season in the history of the world and we have been blessed to come forward at this time, this greatest of times, of discovery. This is the grandest age of all. During my lifetime, there have been more scientific discoveries than in all the generations that preceded it, and you and I are upon the earth at this time. Beyond all this, we live in a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. This is the dispensation of the fullness of times, when all that the Lord placed upon the earth in prior generations has come forth in this generation, to bless those of us who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How thankful we ought to be! How anxious we ought to be to do that which the Lord would have us do. Out of the gratitude which we have in our hearts, we ought to be willing to do anything that He asks us–to live the Word of Wisdom, to pay our tithes and offerings to be active in the Church, to carry responsibilities, to reach out to those who come into the Church and help them and friendship them that they may remain true and faithful. My brothers and sisters, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
You are of the finest generation that has come to earth. You have prepared yourself well in the premortal existence and have been selected to come forth in this singularly important time in the unfolding of Father in Heaven’s plan. I am deeply moved to be in your presence. I realize that the majority of you do not have the slightest idea of how truly capable, noble, and wonderful you are. RICHARD G. SCOTT 1996
Though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their spiritual achievements (and do not and must not discount them now), those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this time of challenges and who overcome will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts. NEAL A. MAXWELL
The simple fact is that our Father did not recommend Eve or Moses or Nephi or countless other magnificent exemplars for this dispensation—He recommended you and me. Do you think God would have left the last days to chance by sending men and women He couldn’t count on? A common theme of patriarchal blessings given to men and women your age is that you were sent now because our Father’s most trustworthy children would be needed in the final, decisive battle for righteousness. That is who you are, and it is who you have always been. SHERI DEW
God has reserved spirits for this dispensation who have the courage and determination to face the world, and all the powers of the evil one, visible and invisible, to proclaim the Gospel, and maintain the truth, and establish and build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. He has sent these spirits in this generation to lay the foundation of Zion never more to be overthrown, and to raise up a seed that will be righteous, and that will honor God, and honor him supremely, and be obedient to him under all circumstances. GEORGE Q. CANNON (Frist Presidency)
God reserved spirits for this dispensation who would have the courage and the determination to face the world and all the powers of the evil one…and who would build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. SHERI DEW
We are entering the final stages of a great war. And because of your personal history, you were entrusted to come to the earth in these last days to do again what you did before—to once again choose good over evil, exercise exceedingly great faith, and perform good works—and to do so in behalf of the kingdom of God on the earth and your fellowman! JAMES J. HAMULA
God has saved for the final inning some of His strongest … children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. THOMAS S. MONSON
Ours is the responsibility to be worthy of all the glorious blessings our Father in Heaven has in store for us. THOMAS S. MONSON
You are … of great faith. You brought your faith with you when you came to the earth. Alma teaches us that in the premortal realms you exhibited “exceeding faith and good works.” You fought with your faith and testimony to defend the plan that was presented by God. You knew the plan was good, and you knew that the Savior would do what He said He would do—because you knew Him! You stood with Him, and you were eager for your opportunity to come to earth. You knew what was going to be required of you. You knew it would be difficult, and yet you were confident not only that you could accomplish your divine mission but that you could make a difference.
You are “choice spirits who were reserved to come forth in the fulness of times to take part in laying the foundations of the great latter-day work, including the building of the temples and the performance of ordinances therein.”
You cannot be a generation of young women who are content to fit in. You must have the courage to stand out, to “arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” ELAINE S. DALTON
Do you think for a moment that Heavenly Father would have sent one of His children to this earth by accident, without the possibility of a significant work to perform?…
My dear friends, you are a royal generation. You were preserved to come to the earth in this time for a special purpose. Not just a few of you, but all of you. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well as you. …If you will let Him, I testify that our Father in Heaven will walk with you through the journey of life and inspire you to know your special purpose here. H. BURKE PETERSON
When my children were younger, I made an ABC book for them comprised of family
photos. My kids loved it. It was about 4″ x 5 1/2″, coiled on the side. Here are
a few pages: