When the LDS Church published Joseph Smith’s journals, I read them from cover to cover, thinking that it would be a profound spiritual experience to study the life of our founding Prophet. The things I found in his personal accounts were disturbing, confusing, and highly contradictory to modern church teachings. I could not maintain my integrity while also continuing to teach the specious modern narrative of Joseph Smith’s life to these precious girls. So, in June 2017, I resigned from my calling with a very heavy heart. I am still willing to post new activity ideas from whoever wants to contribute. I appreciate your compassion and understanding in this matter.
This section is dedicated just to talent exploration that you can do in the span of 1-2 hours on a weeknight in your LDS Church building (usually using either the gym or primary room). Daytime/Saturday activities can be found in the “Other” section.
For the star colors, green = completely planned, blue = link to another site, red = just an idea.
A MEANS THE COST IS LESS THAN 25 CENTS PER KID!
Graphic Artist: Screen Printing
Save Outdoor Sculpture (sculpture creation, appreciation, and preservation)
Instrument tour (have members from the ward come and play a song and talk about why they love playing an instrument)
Many girls are shy about singing, but almost everyone loves to lip sync! Do some lip syncing that includes both popular tunes and well-known hymns.
Science of Music
Do an “Art Gallery Tour” of the artwork hung up in your church building. (Find out the names of the artists and the stories of the paintings beforehand.)
Hold an “Art Show” where the girls show off their arts and crafts. Invite several talented adults to also bring their hobbies and take a few minutes to explain what they do and how they do it.
Textiles (weaving, knitting, sewing)
Babysitting Kit and 2, 3, and 4
Pet and Veterinarian Exploration
Build a Lemonade Stand, discuss tithing, donate proceeds to charity
Pet store tour
Learn how to properly paint a room and then do a service project painting a room for someone.
Literature and Writing
“Book Club” Ideas
Calligraphy (And here)
Learn about poetry and how to write poems. Write a poem for a loved one – you could put one in a greeting card for Mother’s Day. (Haiku are great poems for this age group, because they are short and don’t need to rhyme.)
Do a (short) theater production of a common fairy tale from start to finish – write the play together, make some props and set pieces, create the costumes, learn stage makeup and lighting, rehearse, and perform!
Social Studies – America
Black History (#7 about kazoos would be a good one!)
Do You Want Slavery With That?
Invite a woman from the military to talk about her career (and also possibly show them some fitness exercises).
Social Studies – Cultural Exploration
Being LDS During World War II
Women, Voting, and the Suffrage Movement
Discover Hispanic Heritage
Kids Around the World
Religions Around the World
Cultural Exchange with a ward in another country
Chinese New Year Party
Games from Around the World
Invite several women in the ward who have visited other countries, from other countries, or been on missions from other countries, to teach a simple recipe from that foreign country while sharing what that other country is like.
New Food Party – Go to a foreign grocery and buy a bunch of weird snacks (you can also ask the girls to bring strange foods too). Try each one and rate them from 1 to 10!
Engineering Aid Drop Packages*
Engineeering Bubble Wands*
Engineering Earthquake Resistant Buildings*
Engineering Flying Technologies*
Engineering Rockets and Rovers*
Exploring Sound: What Does Sound Look Like, How Do Dolphins See Underwater, and What Makes Things Louder?
Food Security and Climate Change
LED Circuit Greeting Cards
Marshmallow Guns and Physics
Aware of the Air
Learn about signal flags and create a banner of each girls’ name in nautical flag symbols.
Paper Making (recycled paper)
Young Eagles – free airplane flights in your area for kids 8+, great for learning about careers in aviation!
School Project “Show and Tell”
*Activities with an asterisk are VERY long lesson plans (several sessions) and definitely need some sifting through! I plan on doing this in the future but want them up in the meantime in case you want to look through them yourself!
Thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas to this website. Please contribute your ideas, too! We are stronger when we work together.