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QUESTION - What birthday gift do you plan on giving to your Primary children during 2013?  To answer this question, please leave a comment using the form below.  THANKS!

* This year for the children birthdays we will be giving them small mirrors with the words I am a child of God around the top- painted on with an opaque paint- giving it the look of being etched onto the mirror. We'll be adding some ribbon on the back so they can hang it in their room and be reminded each time that they look into it that they truly are God's child. We got the mirrors from the Dollar Tree, so these come to a little over a dollar each. (Idea shared by Wendy Francom / ga12112012)








 


 
Comments (96)
  • Amy Jones

    We are giving each child a picture of the Salt Lake Temple, with hopes they will "Go there Someday".

  • Nicole  - I Am A Child of God Bottle Cap Zipper Pulls

    "I Am A Child of God" images are found at www.danandwinnie.etsy.com. These 1" round images can then placed on the "bottle cap zipper pulls" from Fizzy Pops- https://www.etsy.com/listing/87568468/100-bottle- cap-zipper-pull-kit-zip-pull These are super easy to make and look so cute clipped onto scripture bags or anything else. The cost is under .60 each.

  • Lawana Green

    could you send me some more infor on the bottle cap idea for christmas gifts for primary children?

  • Sandi

    Last year we made bottlecap necklaces for the girls and tie tacks for the boys (mini bottlecaps)...just another idea to add to the zipper pulls. Super easy to make and I found all of the supplies on etsy.

  • Klyn

    Can you give me more info on the bottle cap-zipper pulls and where to get them? It sound so cute. Thanks Klyn

  • Anonymous  - Bottle Cap Zipper Pulls

    Klyn, the bottle cap zipper pull kits are found at www.fizzypops.com. Here is one of their listings for a pack of 100:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/70884555/100-bottle- cap-zipper-pull-kit-zip-pull

    The images are found here:
    www.danandwinnie.etsy.com

  • Kellie

    We are doing this too, only one of the counselors in our ward found the cuties "I Am a Child of God" stickers. She found them, and bought them (knowing we could find a good way to use them.) I tried looking on Deseret Book's and Seagull Book's website, but I don't see them. If I find them, I'll post a picture. They are so cute and will be fantastic on these zipper pulls.

  • Andrea

    Thank you for the great idea! JustBecauseBottleCaps on etsy also has the kits (cheaper), and offers the bigger clip http://www.etsy.com/shop/JustBecuzBottleCaps? ref=seller_info

  • Jamie  - Bottle Cap zipper pulls

    Nicole,
    I think this is a wonderful idea, and they can use it on their scriptures to boot!
    I'm really trying to discourage passing out candy as presents. As a former Sunbeam teacher it is so hard to control during class time.
    I can't open the links. Can you please email it to me?

  • Anonymous

    You can go to www.fizzypops.com to find the kits, and if you email them through their shop, they are always helpful in getting back to you if you need help finding what you need.

  • Annie  - wristbands

    We are giving the children a wristband that has I Am A Child of God stamped on it with 2013 on the back. It is always good to be reminded of that. I found our wristbands at 24hrwristband.com.

  • Linda

    Our primary wanted to order the wrist band also but haven't been able to get them to accept the amount of bands. Did you call them and are they a reputable company?

  • Jayme

    We ordered CTR wristbands from them last year. They were awesome. I got emails for every different phase they were in. I totally recommend them.

  • Jen Christensen  - wristbands

    I ordered "I am a Child of God" wristbands for our Primary Birthday Gifts from ldsgreats.com. You can order as many or few as you want and in any color(s) you want as well. They have a jr. primary size and a sr. primary size. I think they were around .85 cents a piece. Very fast shipping! I am very happy with what we got :)

  • Jana  - Wristbands

    We are also doing the wristbands, but I got ours from "Reminderband.com" (I found that is who makes the CTR band for Deseret Book). I price compared and found that 24hr would not mix sizes or colors, for that they wanted an extra $40! With Reminderband you can get a great variety, and they are made in Logan, UT. We ended up with a cost of $.44 per band.

  • Liz  - Picture

    We are printing out an I am a Child of God printable from here on a nice cardstock that they can put on their wall and frame if they wish.

  • Jules  - Vinyl blocks

    We are making small square wooden blocks cut from 2x4 wood, painted in assorted colors with vinyl "I am a child of God", since that is 2013's theme.

  • Beverly

    W are doing the blocks too. The blocks will be in the primary colors. With I am a Child of god on front.

  • Janette

    We are giving a white pillowcase with "I Am a Child of God" embroidered on the band.

  • lisa  - re: Vinyl blocks
    Jules wrote:
    We are making small square wooden blocks cut from 2x4 wood, painted in assorted colors with vinyl "I am a child of God", since that is 2013's theme.

    Sounds great!!! Love the idea... :-)

  • Tia  - pillowcase

    Where did you get embroidery?

  • Becky Fletcher  - Past things

    We made the birthday cans this year and filled them with candy and small toys, I already gave them their name's on 2x4's with "is a child of God" thru the name, that was cute, fun and cheap. (love my cricut) This year I think I like the zipper pulls someone posted earlier. .60 is cheap. Thanks for all your help. I couldn't do this calling without sugardoodle and all the people who donate their time and talents. May God bless you all.

  • Jen  - Birthdays

    We haven't exactly figured out the gifts yet, but we do know that we will give the children a coupon to give to the Bishop who will give them the gift. Trying to incorporate him more in to our primary!

  • Stephanie

    This is what we do. The Bishop and the kids love it!

  • Tamara  - Birthday Gift

    What gift are you going to have the Bishop handout?

  • Janell Eldredge

    Our Bishop just gives candy and the kids all love it!

  • melissa

    Our primary kids get a "bishop buck" which they exchange for a small treat from the bishopric. This past year they got smarties, with a note telling them to be a smartie and choose the right. For this upcoming year we are doing Hershey's treasures with a saying something like, you are worth more than silver and gold. you are a child of god, attached to a paper treasure box.

  • Heidi

    We do this as well. The Bishop loves it, and wants to continue this year. They have a little cup cake cutout with their name and birthday written on it (cup cake was from Learning Palace)that they take to the Bishop to exchange for a piece of candy. They get the opportunity to have a little chat and it makes them feel special.

  • Kerry lRainsdon  - 2013 birthday gifts

    I think we will do 4 x 4 tiles with the words, "I am a child of God" on them in vinyl. them glue a ribbon on top for them to hang them. Tiles are about 16 cents.

  • Cecilia B  - Crazy Straws

    We are giving our children a crazy straw with a 2 1/2 circle with Happy Birthday, You are a Child of God :)

  • C

    This is an AWESOME idea! I love simple things with the right message, so this is right up my alley. I was just called (this week) as president, so thank you for giving such an easy, affordable idea. We have about 80 kids, so I need easy and affordable at this point! :)

  • Amanda B  - 2013 Birthday Gifts

    We give our primary a Bishop Buck (paper dollar) to redeem with the Bishop for candy and a visit. We also visit each child the week of their birthday and are planning to bring mirrors with "I Am a Child of God" on them to remind the kids of the theme and the proclamation (created in the image of God).

  • Melanie Decker  - birthdays

    We are planing on doing the mirror idea too but we haven't been able to find them. Where did you find yours?

  • Camille Williams  - Mirrors

    We did this a few years ago and I went to a local glass shop (window stores) and they were able to purchase a big mirror and then they cut them into 4x4 squares and then had someone cut vinyl " I am a Child of God" and then we glued a ribbon on the back so that the kids could hang them up. Then we covered the ribbon with contact paper.

  • Tanya Hansen  - Birthday Mirrors 2013

    We found a place online that does pocket mirrors. you can design the back of them so we are having "I am a child of God" put on them. The children can easily carry them with them in their pockets or put them in their backpacks. the web site is www.buttonhead.biz we ordered 150 and with shipping it costs about a dollar a piece.

  • Jill

    where did you pint the pocket mirrors?

  • Tanya Hansen  - Pocket mirrors for Primary

    We ordered them from a web site
    www.buttonhead.biz then click on pocket mirrors.
    The lady is really nice and we showed her a picture of what we wanted and she did it perfectly. She will help design something for you too. She also got back with us right away.

  • Amber Staples  - Pocket Mirror

    I really love the idea of the Pocket Mirror. I checked out the buttonhead website. Did you design your own "I am A Child of God" image for the back or did you find it/purchase it somewhere? Any other information you have would be very helpful. Thank You!

  • Sarah  - Pocket Mirror Design

    This is a super clever idea! I am also interested in the design you put on the back of your mirror.I would love to have a copy!

  • Ashlee Manning

    We also wanted to do the mirror. I would like to see what you put on the back as well.

  • Tanya Hansen  - Pocket Mirrors for Primary

    We found one on Pinterest. Nothing fancy and we tried to make it neutral for a boy or girl. Also I am Pretty sure she said that she would design one for you free of charge too. she was very nice and got back with us right away too.

  • Tanya Hansen

    we found an I am a child of God print on Pinterest and she fit it to the right size. Also I think she will design whatever you want free of charge. We are very happy with things so far.

  • Amanda B  - Hand Mirrors

    Dollar Tree had hand mirrors that also came with a small compact mirror. Someone in our stake did the vinyl across the front for a great price. The mirrors come in about five different colors. $1 each for the hand & compact set.

  • Michele  - bookmarks

    We're using the bookmarks found on this site. Printed on cardstock, laminated and a ribbon attached to the top.

  • Kimi  - Picture Frames

    We are giving each of the kids a two sided picture frame from Ikea http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/ 70223653/
    We're putting a picture of the child on one side and a subway art of I am a Child of God on the other. If you'd like a copy of the subway art, e-mail me at kimijeanchristensen@hotmail.com and I'll send a pdf to you.

  • Anonymous  - re: I Am A Child of God Bottle Cap Zipper Pulls
    Nicole wrote:
    "I Am A Child of God" images are found at www.danandwinnie.etsy.com. These 1" round images can then placed on the "bottle cap zipper pulls" from Fizzy Pops- https://www.etsy.com/listing/87568468/100-bottle- cap-zipper-pull-kit-zip-pull These are super easy to make and look so cute clipped onto scripture bags or anything else. The cost is under .60 each.

    We found these are the best quality- the clasp is strong and does not break, and the epoxy stickers are thick with strong adhesive and don't yellow. Others we've tried had problems, so we're glad we found these as they are more worth the money so they last for the kids, and .60 is still well within our budget.

  • Carie Brown  - What kind of glue for bottlecap zipper pulls?

    Okay, so I'm not very crafty. What kind of glue should I use to attach images to the bottlecaps? Also, did you print the I Am a Child of God images on your own printer? Thanks for the great idea!

  • Anonymous  - Bottle Cap Zipper Pull Kit

    We used e6000 glue. The images are best when printed on photo paper, so it is recommended to buy the file of images for 2.50 and then you can have as many copies printed at your local photo lab as you need. If you need further details, you can email Fizzy Pops by going to www.fizzypops.com. They can always help you with any tips you need.

  • Nicole  - re:
    Lawana Green wrote:
    could you send me some more infor on the bottle cap idea for christmas gifts for primary children?

    The kit comes with all the instructions and everything you need, you just need to have glue and a 1" circle punch for the images. You punch the image, place the epoxy sticker over the top, and glue it to the bottle cap. Using images printed on photo paper turns out the best, and these kits from Fizzy Pops are the best quality clasps and stickers so the product will last, unlike others we've tried, and still only .60 each- they also have the fastest turnaround time.

    Here is the kit at Fizzy Pops:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/70884555/100-bottle- cap-zipper-pull-kit-zip-pull

    Here are the images:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/110439785/i-am-a- child-of-god-boyish-1-inch-round

  • Kayeleen H.

    We are getting large suckers from Oriental Trading company. They have versions that can be personalized with a big letter and saying, which works perfectly for I am a child of God.

    We're going to attach a tag with the quote from the My Gospel Standards poster that reads: I am a child of God. I know Heavenly Father loves me and I love Him. I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. I am trying to remember and follow Jesus Christ.

  • Starlightlily  - What letter?

    Interested in this idea but wondering what letter you would choose to use?

  • Kayeleen H.

    We were going to make the letter a big capital I with "am a child of God." as the rest of it. It works pretty well.

  • Val E.

    I found some small canvas bags in our Primary closet that were never used so I painted each one with "I am a Child of God" (2013 theme) for each child for their birthdays. They are the perfect size for scriptures and all the handouts they get in Primary. Each one is different as well so they are unique. BTW,I have a small primary of 35, so it was doable.

  • Chrissy Bullock  - re: Price

    Kayeleen how much are the suckers? I like this idea. I know the kids would love that!

    Kayeleen H. wrote:
    We are getting large suckers from Oriental Trading company. They have versions that can be personalized with a big letter and saying, which works perfectly for I am a child of God.

    We're going to attach a tag with the quote from the My Gospel Standards poster that reads: I am a child of God. I know Heavenly Father loves me and I love Him. I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. I am trying to remember and follow Jesus Christ.
  • Kayeleen H.

    We got 1 dozen for 12.50 each, so about $60.00 for all the primary kids in our primary.

  • Diane Robinosn  - Birthday Idea

    We are going to order the snowglobes from orential trading. They have the kind you can put a picture in. So we will get a small picture of each child and put it in the globe, then add a clear label on the front with "I am a Child of God" on it.

  • Debbie  - Snow Globe

    I looked online at Oriental Trading Company and wasn't sure which snow globe you would use that the photograph wouldn't be damaged by the water. A catalog number would really help me. I'm pretty brain dead with the holiday rush. Thanks for more detail. It's a great idea!!!

  • Katie  - Snowglobes

    Have you gotten any more information about these Snowglobes? The new year is starting and I need to get going on all of these fun ideas!

    Thanks!

  • Aubrie  - Koolaid playdough kits

    We are putting together koolaid playdough kits (http://www.tipjunkie.com/activities-for-kids/ kids/make-your-own-play-dough-kits/) and putting the scripture "Yet you Lord are our Father, we are the clay, you are the potter. We are all the work of your hand." Isiah 64:8 on the tag that says "You are a child of God!" and "Happy Birthday!"

  • kacey halbison  - crowns

    we are doing crowns and ceptors, ( large gliter pencils, found them at dollar tree) just to let them know that they are daughters and sons of a King!!!!

  • Donna  - Birthday ideas

    We got a I am a child of God pack from ldsgreats.com. They cost $1.50 a pack. You get a I am a child of God wrist band, pencil and a bag to hold it in. I also thought of adding in a sticker as well.

  • Heidi

    We do this as well. The Bishop loves it, and wants to continue this year. They have a little cup cake cutout with their name and birthday written on it (cup cake was from Learning Palace)that they take to the Bishop to exchange for a piece of candy. They get the opportunity to have a little chat and it makes them feel special.

  • carol  - 2013 Primary Birthdays

    We are giving each child the 2013 Primary Theme Gift Bag from ldsgreats.com
    We have done several different things in the past--and not only is this a great birthday giftbut a great price--and easy for us to prepare ahead of time. It includes a pencil, wristband and bookmark(plus bag for all to go in)and each has the I AM CHILD OF GOD theme on them for $1.50.

  • Angie  - Primary Birthday gifts

    This year we had little note tablets made that say "I am a Child of God". We are giving these and a pencil and a small treat in a cellophane bag. We put their names on them so that we know if we have missed anyone. We also have some blank ones to add names if anyone moves into our ward.

  • Clyde A. Murray  - B-day

    I am weaving the young women a shall and making the young men a priesthood notebook and giving both an "Iron Rod" to remind them about the scriptures and what they mean.

  • Anonymous  - tara 2013 primary gifts

    We bought 4x4 tiles, we are going to put I am a Child of God in vinyal on them. We are doing them for .60 cents a piece. We thought this was something that would last and hopefully remind them what we are learning this upcoming year.

  • Karla  - 2013 Primary Gifts

    We are going to give compact mirrors with I am a child of God on them that I found on at (http://www.pricewisefavors.com/wedding-favors-by- type/mirror-favors/personalized-expressions- collection-mirror-compact-favors-p-878.html). We did the same one for all the children.

  • Amber Tilley  - 2013 Primary Gifts

    We are doing 4X4 Blocks and mod Podging an I Am a Child of God graphic on it.
    It can be found here:
    http://justanotherideaamber.blogspot.com/2012/12/ i-am-child-of-god-blocks.html

  • Aryn

    This is perfect! It's just what we've been looking for but I can't seem to get it the right size. We want it to fit on a 4x4 block. Can you help me figure this out?
    Thanks!

  • Anonymous  - re: 2013 Primary Gifts
    Amber Tilley wrote:
    We are doing 4X4 Blocks and mod Podging an I Am a Child of God graphic on it.
    It can be found here:
    http://justanotherideaamber.blogspot.com/2012/12/ i-am-child-of-god-blocks.html

    The link did not work- I love the idea do you have another link? or a picture of the finished product.

  • Kellie  - try this

    I took out the end and just went here and it worked. Very cute.

    http://www.justanotherideaamber.blogspot.com/

  • Janie  - 2013 birthday gifts

    We are giving the kids a pillowcase with "I am A Child of God" ironed on in the middle so they can remember to talk to their Heavenly Father every day.

  • Julia  - 2013 Birthday Gifts

    We got the giant pixie sticks and will put a round paper circle on top to make it look like a balloon and write I am a child of God on it.

  • Jennifer  - Birthday - Treat

    We're giving them a treat. Our Primary kids like that the most for their birthday. We are thinking something like "Primary is "crackers" for you" and giving them animal crackers. Last year we did "Remember to always 'Chews' the Right" and had chewing gum and chewy candy in a treat bag. The kids were so excited to be sung to and receive their treat.

    Past years we did silly bands, stickers, scripture markers, book marks, temple pics, pencils, etc. and unfortunately noticed the kids simply didn't use them nor looked forward to them. The treat is easy and they love it, so we are sticking with that this year again.

  • Kate  - 2013 birthdays

    I made "I am a Child of God" window cling stickers for the children to put on a mirror that they look at everyday. I am going to use the same graphics to print bookmarks to give to visitors. I will try to send in the file to share.

  • Marlese  - birthday presents

    This year we made the little magnets that are made out of those clear pebble stones and we printed "i am a child of god" on different colored paper to place behind it.

  • Stacie  - 2013 birthdays

    We found I am a child of God tie tacks for the boys and we are making a necklace from a braclet charm buy purchasing the necklace and a split ring for the girls at www. charmingldsgifts.com. They are a little more expensive ($1.99) but it will be something they can use for years.

  • Tiffini

    We got customized dog tags with our primary name and then I AMA childnignGod 2013 on them.

  • Michelle  - Birthday idea

    We bought slap bracelets from oriental trading and ironed I am a child of god in the center of them I just printed it on the iron transfer paper. They were cute and cheap

  • Angelee  - "I am a Child of God" Crayons and notebook.

    We got 3/$1 notebooks at the dollar store, and put the theme and scripture on the front. And I collected old, broken crayons from the neighborhood and local school (teachers gave loads!). Then I melted them down and remolded them in the Wilton silicone mold of gingerbread men ($8 for mold at Walmart or $6.50 at craft store with coupon). Just fill the mold with pieces (I like to mix colors). Put it in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes. Under $0.50 each.

  • Amber Reed  - birthday gifts 2013

    We are giving our kids cute little round candy tins that I ordered on pricewisefavors.com. They have a little round sticker on top that reads "I am a Child of God". We will fill them with little candies such as M&M's. About $1/each once we add candy. They can then re-use the tin after the candy is gone with special little things they want to keep safe, and always be reminded by the beautiful message that they are children of God.

  • LaDawn  - Best Birthday Gift Ever

    We printed the words I Am a Child of God onto wristbands in fun colors and put them, an Article of Faith Card,and candy in a soup can and sealed it up. Made a cute label and attached. It is so nice because they can't open it until they get home! :cheer:

  • Rachael

    how did you seal the soup cans?

  • Julie  - Bag of kisses with handout

    We're giving this saying with one of the"I am a Child of God" logos from mormonshare on handout with a bag of kisses. Can't beat chocolate!

    A kiss is a gift of Love and Love is a gift from GOD!
    Happy Birthday! Love, the Primary Presidency 

  • Christina  - 2013 Birthday

    Because I teach 11 turning 12-year-olds, each year I find something with that year's Youth theme on it and give that to them framed. This is because they are entering the Youth program when they turn 12 and need to be aware of the theme as they will be expected to know it for the year.

  • Wendy  - They're Royalty!

    We're giving Ring Pops with a little card attached that says "Your worth is far above rubies! Happy birthday to a wonderful child of God!" It's simple, basically zero work, and what kid doesn't love a ring pop?? AND they're only like 25-33 cents each.

  • Liberty Kluse  - 2013 Birthday

    We bought some cute little frames that did not cost much at all. We took pictures of all the kids for the bulletin board, so we just made two copy's and placed on in the frame that said "I am a child of God" on it.

  • Heather

    We are giving the kids a pen with I Am A Child Of God subway art in it. Super easy and really cute!

  • Lara Shosted

    We are using a light house and light theme with I am a Child Of God. I ordered mini flashlights from oriental trading and attatched a laminated tag to it with the scripture Let your light so shine ....
    The kids are so excited to get there lights!

  • Misty  - 2013 Birthday

    We ordered CTR rings in a bunch of different languages from the LDS online store. The kids will get to pick a ring out of a birthday bag and then we'll make a big fuss over what language they got. We haven't had any birthdays yet this year but I'm hoping the kids will like it.

  • Klare  - Birthday gift

    I think I found this idea on this site awhile ago, but we are giving each child their own bag of microwave popcorn (un-popped of course) and we have a tag attached that says "We hope you have a "POP"-tastic birthday! Love, The Primary Presidency
    So far the kids love it.

  • Melissa Wilson  - Birthday gifts

    We took all the childrens pictures and have put them on a door hanger with the words "I am a child of God" written on with a paint pen. We painted them all the same color so we didn't get the "I wanted that color". Then we mod podged them on.

  • Richelle  - Magnetic Picture Frames

    We cut paper picture frames and put lettering for "I am a Child of God" on them. Then we ran them through a Xyron machine with the laminate/magnet cartridge. It puts a laminate surface on top and magnet on the back. Then you just cut them out. They go great on the fridge. That way the children can have the daily reminder of seeing their picture with the words "I am a Child of God."

  • Virginia Tulley  - Bishop Bucks or Bishop Coupons

    Our ward would like to try the Bishop Bucks/Coupons this year. Does anyone have a template of this that we could use? I would appreciate it if you could send me a template at vtulley@hotmail.com. I read the idea last week on this site and shared it with my presidency and they loved the idea and left me in charge of coming up with it so now I am asking for your assistance. Thank you so much for this wonderful site and to all those who share ideas and their work.It really helps those of us who are not as creative.

  • Tammy Mortensen  - Diamonds are forever

    I have an idea that needs some refining. Going along with the ring pop as a birthday treat, the bulletin board could have a big diamond ring on it (Diamonds are forever - Families are forever). Any of you clever people know what would be a cute saying to put on the bulletin board and with the ring pop?

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