Mid-Week Activities centered around...
A pattern for living" - Barbara
Adams shares a fun handout to go along with an Adopt-A-Grandparent activity.
Service Scavenger Hunt
Cookies by Alison Dursteler
Chicken Bowl - Everyone brings canned items for
donations. Fill 2 liter bottles with water for bowling (ten of them for
each lane). Tape off lanes in the cultural hall. Use frozen chickens
for bowling balls. Have fun bowling. This sounds weird, and the
leaders had their doubts about it, but the girls thought it was one of
their most funny activities!
Love Quilt - Each Mia Maid and Laurel were assigned to
assist an elderly couple in the ward for a year and each Beehive was asked
to be of special assistance to her family or a relative. Each time a girl
performed an act of service she marked it on a chart circulated on Sunday.
For each mark, a 3” square of fabric was cut to represent that act of
service. Throughout the year you are in the process of creating a beautiful
service quilt. It will be rewarding to see the quilt grow as the girls
continually see to the needs of the families to which they are assigned.
Care Packages - The last two weeks before school is out or
during finals is often a stressful time for the young women. They have
difficulty attending activities because they are trying to get all their
assignments turned in. The leaders decided to instruct the young women to
be in their homes at 7:00 on Mutual night to receive a surprise. The
surprise is a brown paper sack filled with things to aid them in their
studying. Attach a poem to each sack and enclose things like “No Doz”
tablets which are M&M’s in a prescription bottle, a pencil, an apple with a
gummy worm stuck in the top with a toothpick, a sucker, chips, etc.
Service Scavenger Hunt - Teams can visit member homes and
receive points for doing acts of service (cleaning, washing a car, reading a
book to small child, changing a diaper, etc.) A prize can be awarded to the
team with the most points.
Canned Food Scavenger Hunt - Teams could gather food and
paper items for a local shelter or Ronald McDonald House. The team with the
most items could receive a reward/certificate. Everyone could meet
afterwards for ice cream sundaes. The key to successful service projects is
being very organized and bringing the youth together at the end of the
activity to talk about what they did, how they felt, and the purpose of
Car Wash - Free for all members of the ward who have so
graciously supported youth activities in the past.
Secret Grandmothers - The young women choose a secret
grandmother. They take her something they have made at least once a week
without her knowing who they are. After a month, a dinner is held for the
girls and their secret grandmothers to meet.
Christmas Remembrances for the Elderly - On a regular
fireside Sunday (before December) divide the YM/YW into groups of 5 or 6 and
give each group a tape recorder and the names of 1 or 2 elderly people in
the ward. They will need to go visit with those assigned to them and ask
about the Christmas they remember best or their most special Christmas.
Prepare questions ahead of time so they can help stimulate their memories
about the stories and get details. The recorded stories are then typed and
put into a book. The following month (December) the youth host a nice
dinner for the people that they were visiting and present them with a copy
of the book of memories. The dinner gives the youth a chance to sit and
visit and get better acquainted with some of the older members of the ward.
The youth may also share some of their talents with them at the end of the
Our girls made placemats for
snack time. They took paper placemats and colored them, cut out pictures from
the Friend magazine, stickers, etc. Then they were laminated for the Nursery
children to use. (Idea by Pyper Dow)
Stuff envelopes for a charity
organization or a nonprofit group.
Baptism Binders - Have youth make them as a
service activity for Primary
Our beehives are going to make survival kits for the
Laurels/Mia Maids during finals week. (Daphne Brimhall)
Welcome to the Neighborhood Kits - Have the girls come up
with things a new neighbor might be in need of. Have them look up
addresses and phone numbers of important local businesses or places.
Have them decide what to include in kit (manila envelope). (For
ward directory, community calendar, helpful websites, etc.) You
could take the packets to the new neighbors yourselves or you could make a whole
bunch and give them to your ward missionaries to pass out when the need
Volunteer to help clean pens and walk
the pets at the local animal shelter. You could have the girls
make up a flier inviting ward members to donate dog/cat food for the
Wash Windshields at the Temple -
Wash the windshields of cars parked at the temple. After we washed them,
put a note under their wiper that says: "Because of your faithfulness in
serving today at the temple you will see your way "home" more clearly.
Thanks for serving so lovingly." (Adapted
from Becky's Sonshine)
Mission Possible - Give the girls an
envelope at the containing their "secret identity", a badge, and an
assignment sheet. We are going to record a tape - mission impossible
style - of what they are to do - "should you choose to accept this
assignment..." Their assignment is to do as many acts of service
as they can before Sunday (or next activity) without being seen. At that
time, they will get to "crow" to
us about what they did, and receive a wooden purple heart for their
service. (Idea by Melanie Litton)
Our girls like making baby hats w/
a knitting loom. Our Young Women have also made scent "dolls" for babies
in ICU. They're little flannel dolls that the mothers sleep w/ then put
them w/ their babies in the hospital so they're familiar w/ their
mother's scent. Seems different, I know, but the nurses here find them
very helpful. (Idea by Yvonne)
Bread for Sacrament - Make bread
together and give that bread to the ward for the Sacrament on Sunday.
They learned a skill, and also talked about the Sacrament and why we
have it, and what it means. It went over really well, and they
loved knowing they helped with the Sacrament.
Baby Quilt Activity
Have a letter-writing night when everyone
pens a few encouraging words to the missionaries,
Congressman, Mayor, Bishop, Parent.
or military service person.
Talk to city authorities to have them help
you set up a time when you can paint over the graffiti in your area.
Food for the Hungry - each August
our youth get together and do a huge food drive for the Council of the
Churches. The ward list is divided up between the youth. They called the
members to let them know we were coming by Wed. evening to pick up any
non-perishable foods, water, diapers, etc. to donate. This has always
been a huge success. Each group
tries to collect as much as they can. We gave prizes to the group with
the most. And they all had popsicles when they returned. We even
got our picture in the paper this year!
Clean the Young Women Room - Detail clean the Young Women room
including all the chairs and piano.
Feed the Homeless
Have a family history night where you learn how to do
genealogy, extract records, etc.
Find out what your local shelters need and
make items for them—things like hygiene kits, toys, and quilts.
Mow lawn - Teach the girls how to operate a lawn mower, check
for gas and oil and general safety issues. As a group, go and mow the lawn of someone
who is elderly, sick, new mom, etc. Or, challenge each girl to go
home and mow their lawn with their parents permission.
Baby-sitting for Christmas shopping -
this was put together as a Laurel project. The girls sent a sign-up
sheet around for any interested parents who would like to leave their
kids with all the young women at the church. I think we chose the hours
of 9:00-1:00 on a Saturday in December. The girls planned activities for
the whole time. They put the kids in groups and did crafts, a story,
music, games, decorated cookies, etc. The kids each brought a sack lunch
and we had them eat on blankets in the cultural hall. Each laurel was in
charge of a section and the other young women helped out. We had over 50
kids come and the girls kept very, very busy! This could be done
any time of year to give mom and dad a break and allow them to go on a
date, or for single parents to have some free time to themselves.
Visual Aids for Primary - this was done as a class
project. The girls made flannel boards, colored story pictures and
laminated them. This was to help out the sunbeam class so they would
have them whenever they needed them. This could also be done for nursery
or other junior primary classes.
Frozen Foods - Decide on a main dish that would be quick and
easy to make. Have the girls make the dish together. Let
dish cool before dividing food equally into several gallon Ziploc
baggies. While it is cooling, have the girls make cards for
shut-ins, new moms, or whomever could use a few freezer meals.
Once cooled, have them deliver the food and cards to the recipients.
Local Library - Ask to go on a tour. After the tour,
offer to repair books, check in books, put on carts, etc. Or
simply ask the library what your girls could do to help.
Tie a baby quilt - Donate it together at a local shelter or
A Time to Appreciate - Have the girls make thank you notes
for their school and/or church teachers. Print out a copy of this
Seeds" for each girl. Glue poem inside card.
You could also give the card along with a packet of wild flower seeds
(as suggested by author of Teacher Seeds).
Friendship Beads for Girls
up your Primary Chorister and see if there are any props that your girls
could color for her. I'm sure she would really appreciate it!!
Clean your ward house together.
Our YCL Assistant's husband is a
dentist and he donates a lot of his time to giving free service to the
underprivileged children. He is one of many dentists in our city who do
this. He asked us to make him some tooth fairy pillows to send home with
children who had to have teeth pulled. We made over 200 pillows for him
and many other dentists to use. Maybe there is an organization in your
city that would need something like this. You could call the hospital
and they may have something that would be nice for them to give to the
children when they are in the hospital.
(Idea by Nan VanderDoes)
Face Lift - Give each girl a garbage sack and have them pair
up into two's or three's. Decide on a location (your neighborhood, local park,
their school ground, etc.) and a time limit and see who can pick up the
Learning about the Blind - We had a
blind woman come in with her dog. She also brought a Braille
writer. She wrote each girl's name in Braille. She had a Braille
children's book which she read to us.
Invade the bishop’s house and do all sorts of wonderful things for him
like cooking, cleaning, yard work, and anything else you can think of.
Don’t forget to let his wife know you’re coming.
Nursery Cleaning - Offer to wash and disinfect the nursery
toys. Repair toys that need it. Wipe them down as well as
shelving and tables. Your nursery leaders will LOVE you!!
We have encouraged our girls to give service for
one month. Something each day. Have the girls paint and decorate
wooden cutouts of the letters M and a E (found at craft stores) and give
them this poem (Credit:
Sand Art Cookie Mixes - The "sand
art" cookie mixes are a lot of fun for the girls to put together. You'll
need Quart size canning jars with lids. (I suggest one jar per girl)
Then you just pick your favorite cookie recipe and layer all the dry
ingredients in the canning jar. Then have a small piece of fabric to
cover the lid (just to make it look nice, you put the piece of fabric
over the "sealing" lid and then screw on the other lid so it will stay
on.) Then make sure you attach a small card that lists all the other
ingredients (eggs, vanilla, butter, etc) and the remaining recipe, time
and temperature to cook. You can either type these up and print them on
the computer or if you want a more personal gift, you can have the girls
copy this onto the card. On one side of the card it reads "Welcome to
our ward - Love, The Young Women" or "We're thinking of you -
Love the Young Women" since we don't have enough new members in
our ward for each of the girls to give a jar to we picked a few of the
members who might need some encouragement or a smile to cheer them up.
Then on the second side of the card the remaining recipe is included.
At the activity we will assign each girl a family or individual and let
them create the whole jar themselves, from filling and layering the jar
to picking the piece of fabric and making and attaching the cards. Then
we will take them to deliver the jars. (Idea Kristine Davis) (Here are
some websites with more information on these mixes:
Birthday service project - One of the
Sister Missionaries from our ward had a birthday last week. We got
together and made cookies, birthday cards, wrote little notes about
favorite Book of Mormon stories and/or testimonies that could be put in
Book of Mormon's the missionaries are giving out, and we put together
stuff for a Birthday Party! We included some money for a purchased cake
(like a frozen one at the grocery store), Barbie Princess B-day party
crowns, napkins, paper plates, cups, matches and candles, 2 invitations
-- on to the B-day missionary and 1 to her companion "where" was their
apartment, "When" her birthday, etc. We added a couple of little things
you would put in a bag to send home -- Barbie bracelets and sparkly pens
(these were all things left over from a b-day party we had previously.
It was especially nice, because a lot of it is the same as her little
sister had for HER birthday this year, and the missionary wasn't there
for that -- so got to enjoy it in a little different way, 2 months
later!!) I also added 2 cans of Silly String. It ends up that her
companion's birthday was 3 days before hers! We got to look at her
picture hanging in the church hall, so everyone would know who they were
being of service to. We ate the cookies as our treat, and sent a plate
to Bishopric Meeting that night. (They were thrilled to get it!) I
explained service benefits many -- how a fun little act -- making
cookies -- could be of such service to so many people. They were
concentrating on how they were making them for this Sister Missionary,
but weren't even thinking how it was of benefit to them (they were
eating cookies at that same time,) we included some little sisters in
our treat time -- the were of service to them, they were of service to
the Missionary, and helping her enjoy her birthday and feel good things
from home, and we were of service to the Bishopric! They were amazed at
how much service they really had been, but having so much fun!! (Idea by
Cook a dinner for Young Women Presidency and their
husbands - The girls come early to prepare the meal and serve.
Have the girls write questions they would like to ask each other, to get
to know their leaders.
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January 3, 2007
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