March 31, 2013

Eternal Families

This video touched me so deeply.
I am grateful for the small glimpses of eternity I receive from my loving Father in Heaven that remind me of what this life is all about, and that there is more to our existence--so much more--than just this life.

Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ broke the chains of death forever.
We will all live again!
We will see our loved ones again!

I am grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who makes it possible for us all to be with our families forever.
I know Death is not the end.

Happy Easter. :)

March 30, 2013

Easter Egg Crafts & Activities

Here are all the "Easter Egg" themed crafts & activities we've done! 
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Happy Easter!

March 29, 2013

Easter Bunny Activities for Kids

Here are all the activities we've done with a "Bunny" theme. 
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March 28, 2013

General Conference Ideas

"General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). During general conference weekend, Church members and others who are interested gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders."

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I am very excited for Conference! No matter what is going on in my life, the Lord always answers my prayers and gives me guidance for my current needs through the words of His modern-day Prophets and Apostles. I love it! 

It can be difficult for little ones to sit still for so long, so here are some ideas we've done that can help:

The first idea is a little activity I made up called the 
General Conference Train!

First, I cut out rectangles from some different scrapbook papers. Then I cut out a bunch of small circles out of black paper for the wheels. I printed several pictures of each of 9 topics often discussed in General Conference and glued the wheels and pictures onto the rectangles. And those are the trains!

 When the boys hear one mentioned, they get a train car that has that picture on it and put it up on our wall using sticky-tack. 

We've done this for the past 2 Conferences, and it has worked very well in getting them to hear what is being said. They certainly don't sit perfectly still and listen to every word, but often while they are playing quietly (and NOT so quietly) they will hear a word that sounds familiar and they get so excited to put a train on the wall! 
I figure that's a step in the right direction. :)

They are constantly adding to the train during each session of Conference, and it gets so long that it even starts winding it's way on the wall up our stairs! My boys absolutely LOVE trains--so a constantly expanding train is perfect for them. You could also do leaves on a tree, fish in the sea, stars in the sky, petals on a flower, or whatever your children are interested in. :)

The 9 topics are:
1. Jesus Christ
2. Joseph Smith
3. Temples
4. Baptism
5. Prayer
6. Prophets - Thomas S. Monson
7. Family 
8. Scriptures - Bible, Book of Mormon
9. Missionary Work
I've also created several blank trains for when the boys hear another topic they recognize and want to add to the train.

If you'd like a copy of these pictures, I'm happy to forward them at no cost. Just email me:
I have them both in black & white and in color, so I'll send both. Included are 5-6 pictures of each of the 9 topics (note: for the topic: Family, I just used a picture of our family. I'll take that one out so you can add a picture of your own family.)  AND all 15 pictures of the Prophet & Apostles, (for the activity bags described below.....) 

This next idea is based on one I found on Sugar Doodle

General Conference Activity Bags!

The Prophet, his 2 Counselors, and the 12 Apostles all speak during General Conference. So, I printed their pictures and put each with one of 15 different activity bags (I used Pencil Pouches). When that Apostle speaks, the boys look to see which one it is and then do the quiet activity in that bag while they listen.

Here are the activities I put in the bags:
1. Lacing Beads
2. Doodle Pros
3. File Folder Games
4. Crayons
5. Stickers
6. Plastic Shapes (to use like this)
7. Shape Fish (from this)
8. Valentines - to put into shoe boxes with slots
9. Magic Paper & Markers
10. Card Game & Flash Cards
11. Self Picture Memory (from this)
12. Foam Shape Stickers 
13. Water Color Paints
14. Felt Numbers - to match with flashcard numbers
15. Felt Pictures - to match with felt words

*Note: I made these activity bags for Conference about a year ago, I think. And I have to be honest and say that they didn't work so well for us. :( The boys did love having a variety of activities and loved when they got to get a new activity out, so that part was fun. BUT It was actually really distracting. I was so focused on what bags were coming up next, trying to get my 2 boys to share the activities, getting them cleaned up and put away and the new bag out with each new speaker, etc. etc. etc. I felt like I heard LESS of Conference than ever.
So, the next time Conference rolled around, I just used the Conference Train activity and not the bags. Instead, the boys just played with whatever toys they wanted to while we all watched. Much less hassle and distraction for all of us.
HOWEVER, I'm sure there are infinite ways to tweak this idea so that it works for your own family. So if you want to try it, have at it! :)

And again, if you'd like a copy of the pictures, I'm happy to pass them along!

Enjoy conference!

March 26, 2013

Easter Egg Buddy

LB(3) had a lot of fun creating this little Egg Buddy craft to go along with our Easter Egg theme. He loves to paint, so that was the best part of all!

How to Make it:
  • Cut out an egg shape from a white piece of paper or cardstock.
  • Get out some watercolors and let your child paint it however they desire. Then let it dry.
  • Cut out 2 big white circles and 2 smaller black circles for the eyes. Then have your child glue them on.
  • Give your child a marker and have them draw a smile. :)
  • Let your child choose out of construction paper what color they want the Egg Buddy's arms, legs, hands & feet to be. Then cut them out and let your child glue them on.
    • arms & legs: 2 strips of paper each
    • hands & feet: 2 circles or ovals each

March 25, 2013

Jumping Eggs!

Continuing with our "Easter Egg" theme, LB(3) and I played this fun, energetic, 
and educational game. It was a HUGE hit! 
And better took exactly 1 minute to put together. :) Check it out!

Put it Together:
  • Cut a piece of paper (or craft foam--that's what I used) into small squares.
  • On each square write a number (I had 11 squares and wrote #'s 10-20 on them).
  • Gather up a bunch of plastic Easter eggs.
  • Put a number inside each egg and put them into a basket.

How to Play!
  • Have your child reach into the basket and choose an egg.
  • When he opens it, have him tell you what number is inside 
  • Then both of you stand up and JUMP that number of times!! (this is the FUN part, and a GREAT way to get some physical activity for your little one and yourself!)

It was a really fun way to be active and learn at the same time. 
And according to my calculations, LB and I jumped exactly 165 times!! No wonder we were both exhausted!



March 21, 2013

Easter Crafts & Activities

Here are all the EASTER Crafts & Activities we've done so far.
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Or click HERE to see ALL the Easter posts.