I love to do crafts and have cute handouts and activities for church (and school, and friends, and - well you get the idea). I don't consider myself creative, but often use the help of others' talents. I decided to share what I'm doing for others just like me. It may be a link to where I found something or it might even be something *I* created. Right now I work as a paraprofessional at my kids' elementary - in special ed (autism). I started creating items for my 3rd graders this year and can't wait to share them with you. I am the 1st counselor in YW (first time in YW is this past year). I also have ideas for cub scouts and sunbeams posted, my previous callings.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Bag of Mints {Teacher Appreciation}


This is an easy and inexpensive gift to make for the teachers, but the little message covers a lot.  I gathered a variety of minty treats and put them in a cello bag.  I made the toppers in three different styles so you can pick what you like best (one pictures above):



The little saying I found on the internet, but have no idea who wrote it to credit says:
Thanks for your commitmint to help me learn.
Thanks for your encouragemint to always to my best.
Thanks for your involvemint in my life.
Thanks for your investmint of time and energy to make school such a great place to be.
Thanks for making each day an enjoymint.
Thanks for helping to create a nice environmint  for me to learn and grow.

Everything you have done this year has really mint a lot to me!

Some mint ideas: Peppermints, lifesavers, mint gum, Altoids, mint M&M's, butter-mints, Andes mints, etc.


This last year I made these gifts again, but I changed the packaging a little.  I only used wintergreen lifesavers.  I bought a large bag at Costco and had enough to cover a lot of people.  I only put about 15 mints in a bag, but it turned out beautifully.  I had enough for my daughter's teacher and the teacher that comes in her class to help, the 7 specialists (librarian, assistant librarian, computer teacher, art teacher, 2 PE teachers), the office staff, the principle and assistant principle, nurse, and the middle school teachers.  We are on a major budget this year so I was very pleased with how nicely it turned out and how little it cost to cover all those people!

Heavenly Father and Jesus Gave Us the Scriptures (Primary Manual 1, Lesson 41)


Sunbeam Lesson 41: Heavenly Father and Jesus Gave Us the Scriptures






Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Absent

I know that I haven't been around in a LONG TIME.  I'm glad to see people still coming and downloading things.  I'm trying to figure out Google drive/Google docs.  I originally had everything stored on Google docs and you could just hit the link and download, but know most of my things are on Google drive and you have to ask permission to download.  I'm trying to figure it out, but in the meantime, ask away and I'll grant permission as quickly as possible!

I hope to blog again, especially things I already have pictures of.  I hope I can find the time.  My world has been turned upside down the last two years and I feel like I'm just scraping by.  Maybe one day I'll be able to share my story, but for now I'm staying busy working full time - now at an apartment complex on the other side of the country - and trying to keep up with my very busy three children.  I miss the blog, I miss creating, and I miss giving.  Last year and this year hasn't been very eventful for my kids' teachers.  However, my new work family has received a few things.  I've also gotten horrible about taking pictures.  It is hard to share without pictures!  Now that things are a little more normal again maybe I can fit in a post or two.

I appreciate all those who stop by.  I had no idea how many people downloaded my stuff until I had to grant permission to each person!  It appears there is about one comment left for every 500 downloads!  Amazing.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Sabbath Day is a Day of Worship (Primary Manual 1, Lesson 15)


Sunbeam Lesson 15:
The Sabbath Day is a Day of Worship.

Today we finished our creation books:




I was going to take a picture of our church building, but forgot.  Fortunately there was a picture on our ward website on lds.org.  I just copied and pasted and then printed it off for the books.  You can take a picture of your building, see if your building is on lds.org, or just print a church building off the site.  I also printed two pictures to remind us about the sabbath day/day 7.  I had them cut and glued because we did another activity as well.  If you want to just have them cut and then glue the coloring will stay on the picture and not all over the page of the book.


We also made the creation on numbers today.  I will come back and add those to this post, but for now I want to get up this page.

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As I finish the other lessons I will post the links here:
Cover and Labels click here

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I am Thankful for My Hands (Primary Manual 1, Lesson 17)



Sunbeam Lesson 17: I am Thankful for My Hands


We had a lot of fun today!  We talked about our hands and everything they can do and feel.  On half a piece of cardstock (landscape) I typed My Hands Can Feel Many Things! at the bottom and on the other side I typed My hands are unique!  I cut the sheet in half.  During class I traced their hands on each of the pieces.  On the paper that talked about feeling things we glued things they could touch/feel.  I just searched the house to find things I already had that were of different texture.  Here is the one I made ahead of time:
I cut the items at home so we could just glue them on (their hands are tiny, you need small pieces-smaller than I thought - I had to trim most of them). I also brought my hot glue gun to help them stick better.  Each finger had an item glued on and I found so many I put two more on the palm.  I ended up with felt, sandpaper, furry materiel, boa, cotton ball, bubble wrap, aluminum foil.  They loved to feel the different items.
With the other hand we talked about how each hand is unique.  I used a stamp pad to put their fingerprints on this hand (don't forget the baby wipes):

Those hands went in a gallon Ziploc baggie:
I placed a label on it so the parents knew what our lesson was all about:
In the bag I also included other things they can do with their hands:
Bubble wrap.  I also gave them a smaller piece to pop in class.  We did that during the lesson and then they had the large piece in their bag to pop at home.

This hand I printed off my Primary Partners CD.  It is double sided and glued together like a mitt.
 We eat with our hands so they had goldfish crackers:
 And I found this cute worksheet that they color with their hands (link at end of post with the downloads).

I forgot to add it before I took pictures, but clay (or play dough) was in there too.

The kids loved doing everything with their hands and taking home a bag of things to do.  Our lesson and making the hands filled the time, but if you had extra time they could color one of the sheets during class.


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Download Editable Labels (may lose font, but there are other labels on the sheet)
Download PDF Labels (the font will looked how I used it)
Link to church hands worksheet is here

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I Can Pray to Heavenly Father (Primary Manual 1, Lesson 4)


Lesson 4: I Can Pray to Heavenly Father

To help explain prayer I made a Bingo Sheet.   
Each column is a different part of prayer.  First column is the things we do when we pray.  The next column is different types of prayer - ways we pray, the third column are people we pray for, the fourth column has things we are thankful for, and the last column are things we can ask for.
There are six different Bingo Sheets.  You can give each child a set to play with their families or one sheet and play as a class.  I laminated each sheet.  We played as a class and then they took it home.  I meant to post this right after the lesson.  I was going to give them the link so they could print sheets to play as a family.

I also have a prayer tree that I started using many years ago (I won't say how long ago, but let you know I started teaching sunbeams right out of high school). But since it was so long ago it is a paper copy.  I need to work on getting it onto the computer because it is one of my favorites.

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We Can Pray as a Family (Primary Manual 1, Lesson 27)


Sunbeam Lesson 27: We Can Pray As a Family

For this lesson I created a prayer puzzle:
I copied it on several colors.  Since they can't read I wanted each match to be a different color since the puzzles are all the same shape.  For example Bow My Head and the picture next to it was on blue cardstock, the next two (close my eyes & picture) were on green cardstock, then next two on red cardstock, and the next two on yellow cardstock.  The idea is to reinforce what they should be doing during the prayer. I then rotated the colors (first on green, second red, third yellow, fourth blue, etc).  I put every set in a ziplock bag to give the kids.

Earlier in the year (lesson 4) I also made Prayer Bingo.  It would work with this lesson as well:  
There are six different Bingo Sheets.  You can give each child a set to play with their families or one sheet and play as a class.  I laminated each sheet.  We played as a class and then they took it home.  I meant to post this right after the lesson.  I was going to give them the link so they could print sheets to play as a family.
Each column is a different part of prayer.  First column is the things we do when we pray.  The next column is different types of prayer - ways we pray, the third column are people we pray for, the fourth column has things we are thankful for, and the last column are things we can ask for.

If you choose to download, please become a follower first (on the right).  I'm happy to share my creations with my followers.  If you would like to leave a comment too that would totally make my day!