Start a New Summer Tradition…Game Night!

YEA! Summer is here so instead of spending your evenings on homework, it’s time for some family games!  To mix things up a bit and to create some happy vibes in your home, add some novelty by playing your board games outside – in the dark with flashlights!  This will bring a whole new meaning to the word “GAME NIGHT!” Plus, you’ll be increasing your families’ happy juices and here’s why….

A study out of New York shared that when people inject novelty into their relationships by doing new and unique things together, their brains release dopamine – the “feel good” chemical.  Doing unique things together as a family not only makes fun memories but it also makes for happier kids and for more love at home.   So grab a blanket, some snacks, a board game and some flashlights or lanterns and PLAY!

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Consider making your summer Family Home Evenings – gospel game nights.  Grab one of your favorite faith based games and head outside.  Learning the gospel should be fun and enlightening and it will be with your flashlights shining and their faces grinning.  Also, think about making a new summer tradition called the SGN {Sunday Game Night}.  Simply make a “SGN” sign and place it in your house for your family to see on the day of game night.  SGN can stand for “Sunday Game Night” or “Summer Game Night.”  When you post the sign it will create a little anticipation in your kids for what’s in store for them that night!

TOP SELLING BOARD GAMES ON AMAZON FOR 2016:

Pie Face, Connect 4, Ticket To Ride, Code Names, Catan, Pandemic Board Game, Let’s Go Fishin’, Wet Head Game, Hedbanz, Bounce Off, Hungry Hungry Hippos.

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE FAITH GAMES:

Armor of God, Bibleopoly, S.W.A.T {Scripture Study With a Twist}, BIble Taboo, Journey To The Promised Land, Spy It and Noah’s Arkle.  You can pick up some of these games at a local Deseret Book or we offer some of them online in our store.

http://www.sugardoodleshop.com/product-category/families/

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Generational Family Chart

DSC_0017Love at first sight. That is what I felt when I found this cool generational family chart by Loni Harris of Cactus & Olive. It’s cool. It’s hip. It’s something I would display in my home and I think you may like it too! It is currently unavailable, but I am crossing my fingers that given some new interest, she will once again have them available.

Take care, Brenda

Young Women Come Follow Me June Bundle Kit

Hi friends,
Have you seen our Young Women Come Follow Me printable kits?  These kits are a great way to enhance your lessons.  Each kit comes with different quotes, interactive handouts and activities from the lesson outlines.  These kits help you be prepared to have handouts ready for where the Spirit takes you in the lesson.  Each kit also comes with an introductory sign that is a great way to visually introduce the lesson to the girls. This month, we are offering all 5 printable lesson kits in a bundled package for $15.00!  That is more than $5 in savings vs. purchasing individually.  Awesome sauce, right?!  You can purchase the bundled package here.

JunePackage-Listing-01Want a closer look?  Here are some favorites from these printable kits:

JunePackage-Listing-02This printable from the lesson “What is the priesthood?” is great printable to use with the outline on lds.org, “Invite the young women to read the section titled “Priesthood Quorums” on page 125 of True to the Faith. What are the similarities between how Aaronic Priesthood quorums and young women classes are organized? What are the differences? Help the young women see that the women of the Church are organized after the pattern of the priesthood (see Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society [2011], 138).

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This printable thank you card is from the lesson “What does it mean to sustain my church leaders?”  Using this printable is a great way for the Young Women to live what they are learning.  Have the young women thoughtfully think of someone that magnifies their calling.  Have them write a thank you card to that person.  Also included are circle tags that can be placed on a simple treat (goodie bag, candy bar, cupcake, etc.) to be given with the card.

 

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This fantastic bookmark from the lesson, “How do I receive the power and blessings of the priesthood in my life?”. This is such a powerful quote, and with how colorful and visual it is, the young women you teach are sure to treasure it.

 

 

 

 

We’d love to hear from you! What do you think about these kits?  What have you found most helpful in preparing for your lessons?  What do your Young Women most respond to?  Let us know in the comments section!

Heart,
Melanie B.

MeckMom’s Teaching Tip: Using Scriptures in Class

Every LDS lesson has dozens of scripture references. Figuring out how to incorporate them into your plan without losing momentum can be a bit tricky. Here are a two of my favorite tips for helping your students use and navigate their scriptures in class.

You can find the FREE alphabetical scripture printable by clicking here.