Posts Tagged ‘Activity Days’


PJs, makeovers, story time, moms.  What Activity Day girl wouldn’t LOVE this Recognition Activity?  This night had a spiritual message, lots of connecting for moms and daughters, and a healthy dose of fun.  And it actually was fairly simple to execute because the moms brought a lot of the supplies (nice!).



I didn’t see the actual invite but this activity was called “Mother-Daughter Slumber Party” and it asked each person to bring the following:

  • wear your PJs
  • bring a blanket to sit on
  • bring makeup and a hairbrush to do makeovers (many moms brought makeup that could be “destroyed” because it kind of was…)



The girls were asked to come up to the front of the blanket area for a message about their year-long theme that this group had been focusing on all year: “Daughter of a King”


  1. One of the purposes of Activity Days – a place to feel safe and learn that they are all different but they have a Heavenly Father who loves them no matter what.
  2. Have the girls look in a mirror and ask, “Who do you see?”  Answers included things like, “myself,” “girls,” etc.
  3. Story: read Daughter of a King by Rachel Ann Nunes (find it used on Amazon here)
  4. Have the girls look in the mirror again and ask, “Now who do you see?”  Answers changed to, “a princess,” “daughter of a king,” etc.
  5. Discuss how each of them is a daughter of a king with potential to do great things. That they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and wants them to return home to Him again.
  6. Each girl stands and shares what they have been working on over the last 6 months in the Faith in God program.
  7. Pillows: explain that the leaders made little pillows for each of the girls to remind them, every time they lay their heads on it, that they are a princess and daughter of a king (the girls take the pillows as they leave later).



They created small pillows then added a printed card and created a little package for each girl.  Here’s the printable (I think they probably changed the color to navy blue in photoshop).  Clear here for another option.



Makeovers are fun but blindfold the one holding the lipstick and you are taking the fun to a whole new level.  The leaders brought the blindfolds (men’s ties or bandanas worked great) while the moms brought the makeup and hair stuff.  The girls started as the artists, followed by the moms.

Note: bring baby wipes so everyone can clean off their faces because they like to try it more than once!


Nail stuff was located in one section of the gym – the leaders brought all kinds of fabulous polish for moms and daughters to do each other’s nails as part of their makeovers.

And don’t forget fabulous ponytails to complete the look.



Need I say more?



What slumber party would be complete without a pillow fight?  The night ended with a “pillow fight” using huge campfire marshmallows! Don’t kid yourself – it was fun for the girls but the moms were into this!



A treat table complete with all kinds of candy and a hot chocolate bar was the fun but simple refreshments for the evening – everyone could go and load up at any time throughout the activities.


Note: The hot water was very hot – they thought it would cool down quickly but the thermoses did their job and kept it toasty hot.  Keep that in mind and maybe dispense the water beforehand so it has a chance to cool just a little.  Also, because everyone was on the floor and walking around, there were a quite a few hot chocolate spills.  Be prepared for that with clean up supplies or maybe larger cups that aren’t as full would help.  You could also use a paper plate to put their individual treats on as well as their cup and that would have helped everyone know where the cups were placed on the floor and possibly stop part of the hot chocolate if it still spilled.  No one cried over this spilt milk, though!  It was a small hiccough that didn’t put a damper on the fun at all – just something to be prepared for.


I love any activity that connects parents or families to the girls and helps to build relationships.  This activity did just that.  The message was wonderful and they did a good job of creating a balance of fun with learning a gospel principle.

Thanks for the party in my PJs!



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How are these Activity Day girls growing?  Celebrate their growth in each of the Faith in God areas with this “blooming” Recognition Activity.

1.  Welcome / Theme Introduction


2.  “I’m Growing…” – Girls share how they have grown in each of the three areas of the Faith in God program (Learning and Living the Gospel, Serving Others, Developing Talents).  These girls had a paper where they had written the ways they were growing in Faith in God.  Consider using a previous activity for the girls to write down how they have grown or send home the assignment so they can prepare with their parents if needed before the event.  You can display their papers or share in front of the group.  Perhaps have a parent stand up with them or share for them if they are too nervous to do it on their own.  Help them feel comfortable and safe in sharing!


3.  Plant a Seed – learn how to plan a seed in a small pot.  Teach tips for best growth and invite parents to pitch in and help.  Make sure there is enough space for everyone to “dig in” together because that’s half the fun!  Invite parents to ask questions and talk with their daughters about what they are going to work on to keep growing during the next 6 months.  Consider having them write a goal or two on the flower pot tag to help remind them that they are blooming where they are planted.  “I’m going to bloom where I am planted by….”


4.  Family Question Game – discuss how everyone grows through support and love from their family.  Play the Family Question Game found in this previous post (see, I told you I saw this game again. Loved it both times!)  Find an example of how they played here.


5.  Dirt Cake – of course, no “growing” event can be finished without some Dirt Cake!  Click here for an example of every kid’s favorite treat!  Or simplify the whole thing (I’m a fan of this) and just use chocolate pudding on the bottom with crushed Oreos on top. Of course, a couple of gummy worms finish off the yumminess!


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I walked into church the other day and saw this door to the Bishop’s office and had to stop.  It had Activity Day girls written all over it (figuratively and literally)!  It’s an easy spin-off of the “Heart Attack” idea (click here for previous post) and the purpose was written right there.  The girls had been learning about the role of their priesthood leaders and wanted to thank them for their service.


I can see how the activity might have gone….

1. A short lesson about the roles of our priesthood leaders, emphasizing their service and our need to recognize that.

2.  Discussion about how to express that in a note.

3.  Writing notes and drawing pictures to attach to the Bishop’s door.

4.  Sneaking into the church to leave some love for the Bishop and everyone who happened to walk by that door!


This activity makes my brain start working on all of the ways that a “Heart Attack” type activity might be modified to accomplish different needs in Activity Days.  Certain women or families who have influenced the girls could be the target.  Girls who maybe don’t come to Activity Days but we want to welcome in.  Widows, widowers or single parents.  Teachers.  Primary leaders or music people.

Anyone could be the recipient of this service project at any time of the year. You don’t have to just be grateful in the fall – gratitude is a message for 365 days of the year.  Add this activity to your calendar – it’s a keeper.


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Elder Gary E. Stevenson said, “You are never lost when you can see the temple.” (Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples April 2009)  Click here for the full talk.

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In our Stake Conference last week, our Stake President told a story about something that happened two days before.  He and his wife had attended a session at the Ogden temple to prepare for Stake Conference.  As they were walking out, Activity Day girls from a nearby ward met them at the door with cookies.  These treats had a note attached that said,

“While you were serving in the temple, we were serving you.”

What a wonderful way to help Activity Day girls begin to understand why we attend the temple.  I can only envision the lessons taught to these girls as they talked about why this was a service project worth doing and what their role in preparing for the temple is.

As I’ve thought more about it, I wanted the message to be more clear regarding the Activity Days girls’ need to prepare themselves to serve in the temple when they turn 12 years old.  I wanted the note to say this instead:

“While you were serving in the temple, we were preparing ourselves to attend the temple, too!”

TEMPLATE - ChristmasI was so inspired by this story from our Stake President that I created this printable to help you make it happen!  Click on the following link to download this tag:

Temple Service Project – Tag

I like how this focuses on their individual preparedness to be worthy to enter the temple doors to do baptisms for the dead.  I can see a lovely lesson centered around what we are doing now to be covenant keepers and how that will prepare us to take that next step to serve in the temple.  You may not live nearby a temple to be able to carry out this service project.  No problem – this particular activity could be just one step in many activities and lessons that focus on the temple.


Consider these questions:

  • what are temples?
  • what happens there?
  • why temples are important?
  • why do we perform temple ordinance for those who have died?
  • what we need to do to stay worthy to go?
  • how do we prepare and keep ourselves clean so we can serve in the temple?
  • what blessings come from temple ordinances and attending the temple?

These are just some of the questions that can be addressed during activities about the temple.  What you do to answer those questions is as varied as the people creating the learning experiences.  Take the girls’ photos at the temple, make artwork focusing on the goal of getting to the temple, talk about it.

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When you think about what the most important gospel truths that we could be teaching these young girls, how to be covenant keepers and looking toward the temple is probably the most important and has the greatest eternal consequences.  I’ve learned in my own life that when we are focused on the temple, everything else seems to fall into place.

“As we touch the temple, the temple will touch us.” – President Thomas S. Monson (Jordan River Temple dedication - referenced here)

Think about this idea – especially you leaders in our Stake.  How can we make the temple more a part of the lives of these Activity Day girls?  There are many ways to get the job done and no one way is correct.   What we know for sure is that keeping our eyes on the temple is a sure way to be covenant keepers.

What are you going to do to focus on the temple?  Click here if you would like to learn more about the LDS temples.

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Here is another great activity focusing on families and family history.   This could also be done at a regular Activity Days activity but the families sharing together was a wonderful idea.  With the “campfire” set up in the middle of the floor, families were asked to bring a blanket to sit on and a family story to share.



DINNER: What better campfire food than Pigs in a Blanket and oven-made S’mores!  No utensils needed and they were a hit with everyone.  Super simple and on the cheap.  Great idea.



STORIES: After dinner around the campfire, the girls and their families were given the opportunity to share a story from their ancestors or their current family.  Some read their stories, others told them.  Many had props to help demonstrate their story.  It all worked.  If someone chose not to share, that was just fine.



We all enjoyed hearing adventures of wedding days, rattlesnakes and how one family became the “Washtub” branch instead of the “Potato Sack” branch!  It was a fun way for the girls to become familiar with family stories and create a connection to their ancestors.


Elder Quentin L. Cook said in April 2014:

We finally have the doctrine, the temples, and the technology for families to accomplish this glorious work of salvation. I suggest one way this might be done. Families could hold a ‘Family Tree Gathering.’ This should be a recurring effort”
(“Roots and Branches,” Ensign, May 2014, 47).

These family history activities is accomplishing exactly this charge.  Well done!



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This activity is a darling spin-off of the “It’s in the Bag” activity found here.  Simple. Meaningful.  Celebrates the girls.  My three favorite qualifications for a great activity.


You’ll notice on this invitation that the girls were asked to bring 3 items to share what they have been working on in the three Faith in God areas.  I was so touched and impressed by the thoughtfulness and preparedness of these girls when they shared their items.  Many of them had written their experiences down beforehand and all of them shared WHY they brought each item.  I learned a lot about these girls – especially that they are working toward all of the right things and wanting to choose the right.


WELCOME:  The activity started out with a short message from their leader about the strength of these girls and their potential.



SHARING: Each girl shared their three items and many of them bore testimony of what they believe.
Favorite Quote after sharing an Article of Faith:”The reason I like this Article of Faith is because I really DO believe all of those things!”


FRAMES: After the sharing, each girl created their own “I’m Proud to Be Me” frame.  The blank wooden frames were found at Michaels and the patterned paper was pre-cut (trace the frame itself onto the paper and cut them by hand) then attached to the frame with white glue painted on.  I love the baker’s twine tied quote.  I hope those girls BELIEVE how wonderful they are!  Fabulous Activity!



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Our neighborhood is focused on family history and preparing to attend the LDS temple.  I have seen a couple of great activities centered on these topics – they were simple and meaningful and celebrated the Activity Day girls.  One of those activities was “T is for Temple.”


One of the greatest reasons why this activity is so effective was what happened before they even got there.  The leaders did a wonderful job of creating activities that focused on their end-goal of celebrating family histories, including pioneer heritage and preparing for the temple.  This is what they did:

  1. Family History Activity: shared family stories, gave each girl the “My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together” booklet and discussed getting stories from their parents and grandparents
  2. Pioneer Museum Field Trip
  3. Scrapbook Pages: girls brought a story about an ancestor and they put together a scrapbook page about those stories
  4. Heritage Photo Shoot: a photographer in their neighborhood took photos of each girl – many of them were dressed in period clothing of their ancestors (darling! And they displayed these at the Recognition Activity)



Welcome Activities as They Gathered (T-Party Hats + Family Search Experience):

- T-Party Hats: each girl created their own T-Party hat using paper plates, paper bowls, silk flowers and ribbon.  Dollar Stores are a great place for inexpensive flowers.


- Online familysearch.org Experience: families set up a Family Search account if they didn’t already have one and added parents and grandparents to their tree if they were not yet connected.  If that was already completed, they did a scavenger hunt to explore Family Search and learned how to add photos or stories.


Scavenger Hunt Ideas (things to find on Family Search):
- name of someone in your group’s great-great grandmother
- year another person’s great grandfather died
- name of someone in your family that you found a photo for
- name of someone in your family who was born in the 1800s

Opening Prayer and Welcome

Young Women Speakers: 3 girls in the neighborhood (age 12-17) shared their testimonies and experiences with family history and going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead.  They gave ideas of how Activity Days girls can prepare for the temple.  This was the favorite part of the evening.  These youth are great examples of who the Activity Day girls are becoming and did a wonderful job of encouraging them to prepare now to attend the temple.

Leader Message


Ancestor Pages: girls shared their scrapbook pages about their ancestors as well as what goals they have been working on over the last six months.

Closing Prayer and Refreshments

Favor: T-Party Hats and picture of our local temple for the girls to take home


Something that I loved about this activity was the family involvement.  The girls can’t register for a Family Search account without their parents – this was a wonderful way to help each family to explore Family Search and catch the spark that comes from finding and learning about our ancestors.  I liked that they had something for the families to do if they were already experienced with Family Search to introduce it to the girls.

Each aspect of this activity had purpose and helped the girls connect to their families in some way.  The activities leading up to the event paved the way for the girls to truly get the most out of the activity.  They were prepared and the activity celebrated their efforts.

Fabulous activity!  Thank you for all you do!


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