Mother-Daughter Luau + Daddy-Daughter Sock Hop
This Activity Day group has had a plan for the year – to focus on feet. “Then In His Footsteps Tread” kind of feet, that is. This was their overall theme and they created two activities to focus on this same theme.
This is a long post because it’s two big activities – one with mom and one with dad. They could be done as individual activities or they you could do what this group did and connect them together as a year-long focus and theme.
Their first Recognition Activity with moms and daughters was held in the spring – Luau style.
Their second one was in the fall with dads and daughters and was a much-anticipated Sock Hop & Service Project.
Let’s talk about both.
They started out with footsteps leading from a picture of Christ to the gym at the church building.
Each mother and daughter chose a 3 Muskateer, Almond Joy or Snickers candy bar. Once treats were chosen, they were told to talk to those at their table with the following rules: if you had a 3 Mustakeer the you told about 3 people that have influenced you, Almond Joy meant to tell what brought you joy, Snickers bar meant to tell what made you laugh.
Welcome and girls singing a song they have been practicing for the Primary Program in the fall.
Everyone was divided into two groups:
- Learn the Hula
- Photo booth with Mom
All together again for flip flop cookie dessert.
Then a talk found in the Ensign (Footprints of Faithfulness, February 2015) about a St. George photographer who was trying to capture a photo of the temple with a perfect layer of snow covering the sidewalk. He arrived at the temple early in the morning and circled the block to find a place to park. As he came around the corner, the once perfect snow had a line of footprints in it, made by elderly temple workers, getting ready for the first morning shift. He realized that rather than perfect snow, this was the best photo he could capture. Footprints leading to the temple.
They then discussed how the girls can follow in the footsteps of their mothers and the Savior as they journeyed through their lives, using both as their example of righteousness.
Finally, the evening ended with the girls giving their mothers a gift they had made at a previous activity: rag-tie flip flops! They made them for themselves and their moms with the intention of giving them as a Mother’s Day gift (Mother’s Day was the following day).
DADDY/DAUGHTER SOCK HOP
With their focus being two Women’s Shelters in the area, the girls were invited to gather donated pairs of socks to give to women and children in need. They collected from the neighborhood and they brought donations themselves. They even got some donations from the local Target stores. This service project culminated at the Daddy/Daughter Sock Hop one month later.
After the socks were collected, the leaders used another activity to deliver the socks to the shelters with the girls.
Invitation – use a CD and printed labels to create a “record” as each invitation.
Of course, there has to be a great photo opportunity for these girls and their special guests! I feel so blessed to work with all of the amazing women in our area who make Activity Days possible. Lucky, lucky me. I learn so much from all of them.
This group actually served hamburgers and fries for dinner but that’s just a bonus. Many groups don’t have the budget to serve dinner. How about just focusing on the soda fountain instead? The girls loved making their own specialty sodas and adding a little whipped cream or sprinkles if they wanted.
Bubble Gum Blowing Contest – who can blow the biggest bubble?
Paper Straw Blowing Contest – remove one end of the paper on your straw and blow the paper off to see how far yours can go!
Guess Who’s Feet are Your Partner’s – special guests when behind the curtain, removed their shoes, and stood with just their feet showing. The girls guessed who’s feet were their special person’s.
Sock Hop – line dances, lots of twirls and swings. This is any girl’s dream to dance the night away with their special person!
A great culmination to a year of focusing on following in the Savior’s footsteps.