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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:

  1.  Learn the Hula


  1. 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).


Service Project


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.

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Photo Booth
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.


Soda Fountain
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.

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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.


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.



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.


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.


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).


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!”



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.




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




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.



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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