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This Mother and Daughter activity was focused on the journey that each girl takes from their blessing as a baby to the decision they made to be baptized and then preparing to be married in the temple.  3 major events.  3 beautiful white dresses.

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The dresses were on display and each girl was asked to bring a photo of themselves as a baby – in their blessing dress if possible.  They were also asked to bring a display of the things they had been working on over the last six months with Faith in God.  Those displays included photos of each girl in their baptism dress if possible.  Those pictures were much easier to gather because most of the girls have been baptized in just the last year or two.

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During the gathering, the girls had a fun time playing a game of trying to guess who was who in each baby picture.  They wrote down their guesses amid comments like, “She was so cute as a baby!”  It was a positive and fun interaction to kick off the activity.

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After a warm welcome, one of the Activity Day leaders gave a 5 minute talk about the “Best 3 Dresses in Life” and the spiritual gifts that each girl has to help them on their journey.  Since this particular leader had just gotten married only a year ago, she was a wonderful example of living the journey herself.

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After the message, each girl shared their talents in their display.  Moms were invited to come up with them if they wanted the moral support.

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Finally, mothers had been invited to share talents with the girls.  Much of the focus was on how our mothers were examples of developing their talents and how they can help each daughter develop their own.

Everyone was given this favor as the evening ended:

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The simple but tasty fruit pizza for dessert was a great way to end the lovely evening.  My favorite part?  The baby photo guessing game.  The energy and love was a wonderful way to start the activity.  Everyone do this!

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This Activity Days family event was a hit all around!

Start with a short lesson about how the scriptures give us spiritual power.

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Compare how cars need power to go and you need a key (or keystone) to gain power. Teach about how a keystone is what holds up the sides of the arch.  The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion and we receive spiritual power when we read it.  Give each girl a Book of Mormon reading chart and challenge them to read each day to receive spiritual power.  Invite girls in advance to share their testimony of a story in the Book of Mormon or how reading the Book of Mormon has created spiritual power in their lives.

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Cars were made at home with their families (leaders supported those who didn’t have help from family members to accomplish this part of the activity).  Create a system of racing so that each girl gets to race as many times as possible – record times, announce winners if you choose and have fun racing!

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Decorate with a race car theme and display photos from past activities for the families to see.  Refreshments included some simple “racing themed” treats that made it easy for the leaders and fun for everyone else!

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I wasn’t able to attend this Daddy Daughter activity but I wish I had!  Here’s how it went down:

In the weeks prior to the activity, the leaders taught the girls the importance of having good communication with their families. They also prepared invitations and planned together for the activity.

At the activity the girls shared something about each of their dads when they were younger.  It was a great way for them to find out about their dads then share what they learned.

Then they divided into two groups that rotated to the following activities:

  1. The first activity helped them “practice” their communication skills. It was an obstacle course that they guided their dad’s through. The dad’s were blindfolded the girls told them how to overcome the obstacles in their way.

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  1. For the second activity the girls and dads had to work as a team to create their own bottle rockets by decorating 2 litre bottles with patterned duct tape and other craft supplies.  These rockets were later launched from some PVC pipe hooked up to an air compressor. The girls and dads loved talking together to create a plan and carrying out the shooting off of each rocket!  Who wouldn’t?

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The decorations and refreshments were rocket themed.  Moon pies are an easy solution for this.  And the refreshments might have been sweet but making the rockets with their dads was the real treat of the night!

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Here’s a great activity that focuses on specific goals.  If your group needs to increase in unity and friendship, this is an activity for you.

Goals: Activity Day Girls went to three different schools and cliques were forming.  The leaders wanted to encourage girls to include everyone, increase friendship in activity days and become more united.

One family member was invited to attend the event with them.

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Gathering Game: Bingo Board where they had to find someone who has been to Hawaii, or has a brother, etc to sign their paper.  There was also a photo booth and a display about each girl with their photo and information sheet already filled out.

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Opening Prayer and Welcome

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Buddy Find: girls sat down at a long table, which had pictures hidden under the chairs.  They each had to find girl with matching picture who would be their buddy for the evening.  The point of this was to break up cliques a bit and give them a chance to get to know someone new.

Stations (Carnival Games):  Girls rotated to different games with their buddy.  Each game had ‘getting to know you’ questions incorporated and they earned tickets at each station.
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balloon darts
can toss
face painting
ring toss
beach ball game
bean bag toss

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Share: After all of the activities, each girl introduced their buddy to the rest of the group and shared one thing they learned about each other.

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Speaker:  The talk was fabulous.   The speaker brought a “friendship toolbox” and had the girls come up to help her teach what it means to be a true friend.  Items included in the toolbox were: a defensive shield,  a listening ear, giant glasses to look for needs, cheerleading pom pom, heart to love and Cinderella’s crown (have courage & be kind).   She did a fantastic job connecting with the girls and challenged them to be friendly to all around them, and also to be a true friend to everyone in our activity days group.  It was an age-appropriate and interactive way to learn about the importance of friendship.  She asked for examples from the group and used some personal stories to illustrate the tools in the toolbox.

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Food & Prizes:  mini sodas, hot dogs, cookies, popcorn and favors that they could buy with tickets

This activity had some very specific goals and everything they did focused on accomplishing those goals.  They created a safe and fun atmosphere where the girls could learn about and build memories with someone new.  It was a success at every step.  What wonderful leaders to see the needs of their girls and carry out the activity with great love and care for each individual.

This was a great format for addressing a problem in an engaging way.

Popcorn anyone?

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There were a lot of things I loved about this activity.  The chance to shine and share are just two of them.

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Whenever you have a Talent Show, you run the risk of girls not wanting to participate because maybe they are too nervous or they feel like they don’t have a “talent” to display.  Keep that in mind.  A solution might be to invite the girls to share a talent with a family member so they are not on their own.  Or perhaps a parent could help them talk about what they are good at. Try to identify those that might not feel comfortable and encourage them with a different way to participate.  Talk to the parent about it to see if they can help make the experience a positive one.

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When you walked into this perfectly simple set-up, the first thing you saw was this display of double-sided frames (found at IKEA) with a quote on one side and my favorite thing on the other: a reason why each girl was FABULOUS.  They found the printables to make these frames here at www.swtblessings.com – just click on “printables” then on “school signs.”  You’ll see the “talents” quote first then scroll down to find the “you are fabulous” card.

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Moms were invited to this event.  They started it off with a short lesson about Spiritual Gifts.

LESSON:

1.  We are showcasing some visible talents tonight but those aren’t the most important talents that we have.  Our spiritual gifts are special talents that come from our Heavenly Father to bless our lives and the lives of others.
2.  “Gifts of the Spirit” List found here.  Microsoft Word - GiftsofTheSpirit2.doc Gifts of The Spirit List
Every mom/daughter was given one to look at.  Ask: What are gifts of the Sprit?  Look over the list of spiritual gifts and talk it over with your moms….do you have any of these gifts or would you like to have any of these gifts?
3.  After a few minutes, ask them to share if they have any or would like to have any.  The girls recognized many gifts that they had on this list – lots of things they were good at (which is an amazing lesson in itself).
4.  Challenge: find something on this list that you want to work on and develop in your life.
5.  Why do we have spiritual gifts? – (girls answered) Heavenly Father gives us the gifts to help us and to help others, to make us unique and different.  D&C 46:26 “All these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God.”
6.  Moroni 10:17 “All these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ; and they come to every man severally, according as he will.” – we are given lots of talents!
7.  Review challenge to seek spiritual gifts and develop them.

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SHARE TALENTS:

Each girl was asked to share a talent – it could be anything.  Some played a musical instrument.  Some showed artwork.  A couple shared their needlework.  They could have done a soccer trick or recited a poem or displayed their talent – whatever works.

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FINAL MESSAGE:

A member of the bishopric then gave a short message about Heber J. Grant who wanted to sing in the choir when he was young.  He wasn’t very good at singing.  In fact, he was so bad at it that they asked him not to participate.  But President Grant did something – he decided to work at it to develop that talent.  We all can do the same with spiritual gifts and other talents we have.  We can work at them and improve them.  He invited the girls to especially work on the spiritual gift of listening – to their parents and other mentors who could help them succeed because they could see the path a little better.

REFRESHMENTS:

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What talent show is complete without some popcorn?  This popcorn bar was so fun for the girls and the adults were definitely taking their share, too!
Tip: our local movie theater will give church groups a discount on movie popcorn if you call ahead and ask for it.  They just want us to bring in a garbage bag and they’ll fill it for the price of 3 medium popcorns.  What???  That’s a lot of popcorn for not a lot of price!

 

 

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Silly.  Fun.  Friendly competition.  Laughter.  Teamwork.  Lots of giggling.  That’s what happened at this Daddy/Daughter event for Activity Days.

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We’re starting up Recognition Activities in our area and this is the first one I got to visit.  I am not in charge of these activities any more – I just get to attend them – so I don’t have everything that it took to make these events happen but I will give you what you need to carry it out in your own area.

There are about 35 girls in this group of Activity Days girls so the leaders planned for 3 groups of dads/daughters who rotated as a group and 3 games in each rotation.

Pick any games you want – this is a fun format that the girls and dads will remember forever.  But if you want ideas of which games to pick, they had a great line-up!

Ready Spaghetti

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Dice Stacking Game

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Elephant March

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Cheeto Head (fan favorite)

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Face the Cookie

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Scoop It Up

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Marshmallow Head

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Junk In the Trunk

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Of course, whenever you have dads and daughters together, you’ve got to have a chance for a photo shoot.  They’ll be using these pictures for a future activity – Father’s Day gifts.  But the sign here really says it all – it only takes a minute to make some awesome memories!

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“We hope this will be the first of many dates that you do with your dads.”  That was how this leader ended her message at the beginning of this Daddy Daughter Recognition Activity.  What a great message to leave these fathers – spend more time with your daughters.  Build a relationship with them.  Show them you love them.  Talk with them.  Share memories together.

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The evening started out with a short message from a leader:

  • Heavenly Father loves us so much that He gave us a family.  In that family is our dads.
  • Dads are special for lots of reasons.  They hold the priesthood and can help us when we need blessings and teach and lead our family.
  • He can be a hero in many ways.  They can help us increase our testimonies, lead us and guide us to make right choices and keep our covenants.
  • Dads are always there for you.
  • You are here tonight to have fun with you…let this be the start of many daddy/daughter dates together.

Note: Consider having the girls share what they have been working on over the last 6 months in Faith in God or perhaps have the dads share one area that they have seen growth in their daughter.  It usually doesn’t take very long if you give them a limit of sharing just one thing and it’s a great addition to any Recognition Activity.

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FAMILY NEWLYWED GAME

Back by popular demand!  This game was a hit the last time they did it with their moms so the girls requested it again – that’s a sure sign that an activity works!  Don’t be afraid to do something that is effective again.  Every activity doesn’t have to be totally new in order to be effective.  This game proves this point perfectly.

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They use white boards and the daughters/dads are facing each other.  This is a great set up and is super effective.  I like how they get to see each other’s reactions as well as the answers of those around them.  It made the whole activity very fun and expressive and connecting.

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If you don’t have white boards, you can also use a sheet of card stock or chipboard inside a plastic sheet protector as a “white board.”  With a white board marker, it still can be erased and works well if you don’t have a set of whiteboards (one of these leaders is a teacher and used the ones from her classroom).

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Here’s a list of the questions they asked – first about the daughters then about the dads.

Favorite Question to the Dads: “What is your dad’s favorite store?”

Daughter’s Answer: “Hobby Lobby”

Dad’s Response: “I wait out in the car!”

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LINE DANCING + PHOTO SHOOT

No western Daddy/Daughter event is complete without line dancing and a western photo shoot.  Because of a building scheduling issue, they had to make it work in tight quarters – it was great!  Don’t let less-than-perfect logistics deter you.  They love it even if the space isn’t ideal.  These leaders did a great job of just making it work.

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REFRESHMENTS

Western-style treats included cupcakes, licorice “ropes”, Rice Krispy “hay bales” and the old “watering hole.”

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The favor was a take-home package to make a couple of S’mores together.  I liked how this extends the Daddy Daughter date a little longer where they can create their treats together at home.

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As always, activities involving just dad or just mom are a fan favorite with Activity Day girls.  Thanks for letting me come!

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