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 is not a Sunday School primary lesson, so you don’t need to do a long lesson to fulfill this Faith in God requirement. Put the ACTIVITY back in Activity Days! I often have my activities do “double duty” and also be a Serving Others or Developing Talents activity too (such as when you do fitness). Just let each girl count it one time, in the category that they are in need of.
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!
Have the girls contribute to a “baptism book.” They might hand write the story of their own baptism, draw a picture of what happened, include a photo, write a poem, etc. Give a copy to each child in the ward just before they turn eight.
Blessings and Thanksgiving
Children of God
Create a handprint mural together and discuss diversity, unity, and that we’re all Children of God.
Divine DNA Necklaces
Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged (Assessing Stereotypes)
Make play dough to discuss diversity, then donate it to the nursery.
Where Are the People Like Me? (Diversity and Media)
Faith in Things Not Seen
If you want to do “faith is like a little seed,” skip the potted plant idea and make pantyhose chia pets instead. Way more interactive and MUCH more likely to grow!
A Book for Dad
“Lucky to Be a Family” (St. Patrick’s Day)
Learn about family crests and then make one for each girl’s family.
Share family traditions with each other
Everyone shares their favorite FHE game, then challenge them to try one of the new games they learned with their own family.
Cemetery Scavenger Hunt 2
Family History is Like a Puzzle
Ancestor tasting table
Heirloom Night – each brings a family heirloom and tells the story about it.
“Invite an ancestor” night – everyone shares stories from their family history.
LDS.org has a new Family History Coloring Book that could be used as part of an activity.
Visit a local family history center and have the docents give a tour.
Goals and Aspirations
I Can Be
Bad Habit Bonfire
Make “vision boards” for goals or resolutions using pictures from magazines. You could use the verse describing Christ as a youth as a jumping off point (Luke 2:52: WISDOM (What can I learn?), STRENGTH (How can I strengthen my body?) FAVOR WITH GOD (How can I grow closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?) and FAVOR WITH MAN (How can I become a better friend?)
Talk about goal setting and how to set measurable goals. Make a few of these simple DIY Picture Holders to hold an index card with their current goals. Encourage them to put the goals in a place where they will see them often.
Individual Worth/ Mental Health
Mental Health Awareness
Stress: No Body Needs It and Guided Imagery (pair together for a full activity)
Invite RS Sisters to come share journal entries from their youth and talk about what journaling means to them.
Love One Another
Activity Days Preview
All Summer in a Day – A Reflection on Bullying
Kind Words and Lip Balm
Learning About Discrimination
Who’s a Mormon?
Flat Shea (Flat Stanley for Activity Days in New Zealand)
Mini Mission Call 1
Mini Mission Call 2
Arrange for the girls to give short talks in the primary program or during sharing time. Teach them how to prepare a talk (and maybe calm their nerves before giving it!).
Invite current sister missionaries to come and talk about “a day in the life of a sister missionary.” (When our missionaries did this they planned a fun skit!)
Sister Returned Missionaries talk about their missions
My Body is a Temple – Bodies
My Body is a Temple – Fitness
Ladder Ball, Life, and the Scriptures
Sword of the Spirit (Armor of God/Sword Technique)
Archery – Make and Play
Fair Play (Girl Scout Merit Badge – adapt)
Hopscotch – include history
Jump Rope – Make and Play
Kiddie Pool Kickball
Stilts – Make and Play
Toilet Paper Dodgeball
Capture the Flag
Glow in the Dark Kickball or Volleyball
Invite a woman from the military to show some exercises she does to stay fit.
Volleyball (regular and water balloon!)
Can’t decide? Do a fitness showcase and try several different sports for 10-15 minutes each!
My Body is a Temple – Word of Wisdom
Healthy Living Initiative
Learn how to make fruit bouquets for a healthy gift/dessert (tutorials here, here, and here)
The Truth About Sugary Drinks
Make a freezer meal to cook for their family later.
Teach 3 super fast healthy meals
Teach them how to pack their own lunch with healthy options.
Candles and Scriptures
Women in the Scriptures
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah
Let Your Light Shine with Glow Jars
Make a Scripture Video
Scripture Spelling Bee
Scripture Treasure Hunt
Girls Who Choose God
Pudding Pictionary with Scripture Stories
Scripture Treasure Hunt 2
Scripture Scavenger Hunt
Summer Scripture Splash
Act out a scripture story, make a movie, share with primary.
Have each girl pick a favorite short scripture (you may want to think of some options ahead of time) and make a decorative poster or wall hanging of the scripture for their room. You could have the scriptures already printed, or learn calligraphy as part of the activity.
Learn the story of Esther and celebrate the Hebrew holiday of Purim. Also, here is a picture and coloring page to use too!
Make “Holy Week Kits” by gathering the materials for the activities in this plan, and then have the girls explore holy week with their family at home.
Offer to host sharing time shortly before Easter. The activity before that Sunday, cut out hands to make these hosanna palms with the primary children. Rehearse the story of Palm Sunday as a skit with one girl narrating this children’s version (complete with one of the the girls pretending to be a donkey!). At sharing time, have the girls help the kids make their palms, and then do the skit with everyone participating.
Recreate a scripture story using Legos (Nephi Builds a Boat, Samuel the Lamanite on the Wall, etc.)
T is for Temple
Architecture of Temples – watch this video on the process of building temples, talk about temple architecture, and look at at pictures of a variety of temples. Then, have the girls be architects and design their own temples. You can just create “blueprints,” or go farther and make scale models out of wood, sugar cubes, legos, cardboard, etc.!
Visit with the groundskeeper for a temple and learn about plant biology, plant spacing, what flowers are planted where, when, and why, etc.
Don’t Take the Hook
Endure to the End Obstacle Course
Plan of Salvation Croquet
The Six Bees
Titles of Liberty
Thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas to this website. Please contribute your ideas, too! We are stronger when we work together.