Monthly Archives: May 2016

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!


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!


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.


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.





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, “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).

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.


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!

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.

Stake Activity Day – “Because I am a child of God, I can do anything!”

2016-05-22_2150I have been in the Stake Primary for a number of years now, but it wasn’t until the last year or so that we started holding Stake Activities for the Activity Day girls.  We have one large activity and one smaller activity each year for girls ages 8-11.  This was one of our larger, more planned out activities and I thought I would share it with you.

We did something different this time around and it was huge part of the success of this activity.  What is that you ask?  We involved the young women.  The activity day girls will be moving on to the Young Women program at some point, many have sisters in the program now and look up to them.  So we wanted to involve them in all the aspects of our activity.

2016-05-22_2229(Some of the young women who helped at the check-in table)

Our two hour camp started by having the girls check in at the check-in table (see above picture).  They got a name badge and a necklace pen (which we have them turn in at the end so they can be re-used at the next activity).  After checking in, each girl was given a “get-to-know-you” activity sheet where she had to find other girls that met the requirements on the paper and have them sign it.  (For example, “Find someone who has traveled out of the state/country”….or “Find someone who is an only child”….or “Find someone who has a birthday in the summer”, etc.)  Leaders helped the girls get the activity started as some were rather shy.  Once it got going, no one wanted to stop!  This gave us a small window of time to check in all the girls and answer parents questions regarding pick up or otherwise.

2016-05-22_2234(The girls completing their get-to-know-you cards)

After giving them a short time to mingle with each other, we divided the girls into two groups: ages 8 & 9 and ages 10 & 11.  The younger girls went to a class that highlighted several topics.  The young women taught the importance of good friends, modesty, good hygiene, manners, how to set a table, etc.

One of the leaders prepared a power point presentation to work through and they had a lot of discussion, games and they practiced how to set a table. Each girl got to take a rose home as a keepsake for their own dinner table.

2016-05-22_2228(A closer up view of some of the handouts)

The older girls were then taken to a babysitting clinic where they were introduced to things they would need to know once they started babysitting.  The girls were divided up into smaller groups where they rotated through stations prepared by the young women which included: CPR, how to make a bottle and snacks, easy games to play with children, how to make macaroni and cheese (they made this together in the kitchen), etc.

2016-05-22_2244(CPR class)

Once the class rotations finished, we all met in the gym for a guest speaker who was asked to speak on the theme, “Because I am a child of God, I can do anything!”   We selected a young woman from our Stake that exemplified our theme.  She was called on a mission to Peru, came home on medical leave and went back out into the field serving in New Jersey.  When she returned home she got a job teaching at the MTC.  She now travels all over the world and has accomplished some amazing things and we wanted the girls to get-to-know her.

She was incredible and very engaging.  She told the girls that as she thought about our theme, there were four areas that as a child of God that helped “anchor” her as a young girl.  These three things helped her to do anything.  They were faith (reading scriptures/prayers), friends – the importance of good friends and being a good friend and developing her talents.

Overall, it was a very simple, inexpensive but very wonderful activity!  We love our Activity Day girls!