Two Ideas for a
We just had a Joseph Smith activity this past Saturday, so I know
some of the games they did. Our kids had a blast with them!
Tug of War
Blind Man's Bluff
Wolf & Sheep
We also made "whirlygigs". Some people call them pioneer yo-yos.
They are really simple - all you need is string and buttons.
We found instructions for all of these on the internet. I just did
a google search of "pioneer games" and many things came up. Most of
these required little or no expense and few supplies.
For refreshments we did "homemade" wheat bread (actually Rhodes
frozen, but who knew?) and homemade butter. The kids made the
butter at the activity and loved doing it. We also had homemade
jellies for the bread, and fresh lemonade.
It was an easy and fun activity. We always keep our activities just
to an hour and that seemed about right.
We also showed a slideshow of some pictures of the Smith family
farm, the Sacred Grove, and other significant places from Joseph
Smith's life. We did that right at the beginning, then divided into
4 groups and rotated every 10-15 minutes. One group started at
refreshments, one at the "whirlygigs", one at the tug of war/blind
man's bluff, and one at the stick pull/wolf & sheep. Our scouts did
the games and our Achievement Day girls the refreshments, so it passed off
requirements for them and they had fun. I think they also learned a
lot about Joseph Smith and had a spiritual experience as well,
especially at the slide show. One of the counselor's husbands put
it together with nice music and bore his testimony afterwards. It
was really nice.
Have the kids shake baby food jars 1/2
full of cream until it's butter, while watching "The Restoration" DVD.
Let them have the butter on a little cornbread (a favorite food of Joseph's).
Have the kids cut out some pictures of
the first vision (from the July 2001 Friend I think) and put them on popsicle
sticks, and included the story so they could give a family home evening.
Stick-pull and thigh-poke games (ones
Golden Plates Relay--tell the kids
about all the things that happened when Joseph went to get the plates, and how
heavy they were. Have a heavy object in 2 pillowcases, divide into teams and
race each other around a mini-obstacle course. We had them go around a chair 2
times, under a table, weave in and out of a few chairs, and stop in a square
at the end and do 2 jumping jacks, then back to the start. Serve a birthday cake at the end.