I just attended a Recognition Activity for Activity Days where they focused on Developing Talents. I’m going to share it with you – I’ll tell you a little bit about how they carried it out and also how it might be adapted to fit your resources (i.e. people) and needs.
Here’s the gist of it: they invited a couple who have strong musical talents – she is a professional violinist and he is a vocal coach and recording artist.
1. She gave a talk about talents that we normally think of (music, sports, academics, cooking, etc.) and about spiritual talents that we can develop (Christlike characteristics, reading the scriptures, friendship, etc.) and encouraged the girls to develop more than just one talent. Everyone has many talents if we choose to look for them and then work at developing them.
This lesson can be taught by anyone. She brought her experiences of being a concert violinist into the lesson but anyone can do this same thing referring to their specific talents.
2. He then taught a short vocal coaching lesson to the entire group. This was a challenge and would work better in a smaller group but it was interesting and fun to learn about something that many of the people didn’t have much experience.
This part can also be done by anyone with a talent that you want to share with the group. Maybe acting or storytelling or something where everyone can participate in the instruction then “perform” for each other. There are MANY talented people in our wards and stakes who aren’t “professionals.” Think about YOUR resources and use what you have to develop a fabulous lesson that everyone can participate in.
I LOVED this idea for an invite. The leaders asked the Activity Day girls to draw a picture of a talent that they had or a talent that they wanted to develop. These pictures were scanned in and became the border of the invitation. Come on…don’t you love that???? The purpose of Recognition Activities is to share the girls’ growth in the gospel. This is a great way to accomplish “sharing.”
They created little vignettes of different talents throughout the room. Cooking, music, art, sports. Simple and effective. But my favorite part had to be the display of each girls’ talent picture that they had created. Each girl took home their picture at the end of the activity.
Keeping it simple, they sent everyone home with a little favor box filled with jelly beans. What girl doesn’t like little boxes? It was a sweet way to make the treat special.
GO FOR IT! Find the people in your sphere of influence and think about their talents. Someone will come to mind that can teach a group a new skill and have fun at the same time. Paired with the girls sharing their own talents through their artwork on display, this made a great Recognition Activity opportunity for families to connect and celebrate these girls.