There is power in helping children to make decisions about life before the situation arises. What will their choices be in the moment? Hopefully the decisions that they have “already decided.” I attended this Mother/Daughter Activity Days event – I didn’t plan it. I don’t have downloads or templates for you but I have the idea.
What I loved about it was the clear focus on building the relationship between each daughter and mother (or other significant woman in their lives). Every aspect of the activity was centered on this goal – the amazing leaders didn’t get distracted with activities that took them away from this goal of linking daughters with their mothers.
As the girls walked in, the room was set up with all of the supplies needed to accomplish each activity for the night. Here’s how it went down:
1. Welcome / Opening / Theme Introduction
2. “Gospel Standards I Spy Jar” (Find instructions here). Work on as they come in and finish after the Welcome. Their “Gospel Standards I Spy Jar” worked so well with the theme – each item in the jar goes with a phrase that begins with, “I will…” I liked that they were working on it with their mothers and they were encouraged to talk about each statement when they went home. This is a helpful resource for Family Home Evening or gospel discussions with the family. Be sure to outline ways that the moms can use this jar to help children make decisions before they are faced with difficult situations.
3. Get to Know You Game (about the moms) – I don’t have a copy of what they did but you could do a variety of things. Interview each mother beforehand, looking for interesting facts about them. As everyone is finishing their jars, describe the mothers and have the girls guess who it is. Someone is an amazing baton twirler or can touch their elbows together behind their back or loves to eat banana pickle sandwiches. Those are the awesome things that kids love to know about adults!
4. Mom & Me Journal – Explain the directions and purpose of the journal. There are many names for and a variety of ways to do this project. Here’s one and another. Basically, it’s a journal where you write to each other. Back and forth. Creating a dialogue between two people and building a relationship full of real communication. The girls decorated their journals with their moms and made plans for who would write in it first. Encourage them to ask each other questions in their entries. The girls loved making their journals and it was a great way to get them excited about writing in it with their moms and continuing the communication.
5. Short Message of the Theme / Testimony
6. Mother / Daughter Question Game – this is a take-off of the “Newlywed Game.” Click here for a great example of how to make it happen. I saw this same game at another Recognition Activity a week later so I KNOW it’s a hit! Do it for sure!
7. Closing + Refreshments
I loved this activity. The leaders genuinely care for these girls and happily serve. It was ultra-organized and well-planned. It was focused on building a relationship between mothers and daughters and every aspect of it encouraged communication and sharing experiences plus, it was a foundation for further communication when they went home. It was just over an hour long. Do you have to do everything that they did? No. But what they did was fabulous.
Thanks for the invitation!