Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thankful for my Talents Activity

I loved this simple activity for the girls this month.  We talked to the girls about hidden talents and what it means to find them and develop them.  Also that each of us have a responsibility to use and share our talents with others.  We love setting up a focal point for our activities so that when the girls arrive they can see a glimpse of what we will be doing through out the activity that day.  Most of the time it is as simple as pulling a few items from our kitchen and home décor on hand.
First off we sat together in a circle and had the girls explain the difference between obvious talents and so called hidden talents, or less obvious ones.  I then read a story about the parable of the talents.  The parable is located in the Bible in Matthew 25: 14-30.  Rather than reading from the Bible, I opted to read a teachable children’s story that you can find by clicking  HERE.  It explains the parable and what Jesus is trying to teach.  I felt that the girls where able to follow along easier and it was age appropriate for the 9 year olds.  While we read the story the girls held little  golden wrapped chocolate coins that I found at our local grocery store, with a small quote attached to each of them.  When we were done with the story, each of the girls read the quote that was on their “talent coin”.
  Check out some of the quotes we used by clicking HERE to see and follow our Sunshine and Melody Pinterest Board.
After we talked about that, Risa passed out some ADORABLE printables for the girls to take home.  She created them using cute clipart images from Digital Vintage Dreams on Etsy.  The girls just loved them!  The first handout is an acronym of the word THANKFUL that explains how to help the girls develop and look for their talents.  We talked about what was on the printables and also how to help ourselves and others find their unique talents.  We shared some personal stories on how we found and developed some of our talents.  Also how important it is for us to help point out others talents in a positive way.  It is so important for girls to learn to be happy for others talents and attributes.  We ended with two of the oldest girls, who are leaving the group next month, showing a few of their hidden talents to the other girls.  Fun and successful!
Here are the darling printables you can use for personal use.  The first two are formatted as 4x6.  If you are printing at home from your computer, we suggest printing 4 per page.  Third printable is formatted as a square 4x4.  We suggest printing 9 per page.    Just right click or double click on the printables below and copy and paste to you personal computer to print.  Or upload to your local store for prints.  I believe Walgreens will print square photos.  It’s that simple! 
 Talents 3 Sunshine and Melody
The second one is a darling quote about talents:
Talents 5 Sunshine and Melody
and the third one looks like this:
Talents 1 Sunshine and melody
Thank you for checking in with us!  It has been such as joy so far to teach these sweet girls the principles of the Gospel through fun and rewarding activities.  Their hearts are so pure and open to gaining knowledge and feeling the spirit!  We sure love them.  Drop us as line and let us know how your activities are going.  We’d love to here from you! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Holy Ghost - Halloween Activity Days

We decided to do a fun Halloween activity, but wanted to bring in the spirit, literally. So, we decided to go with a Holy Ghost themed Activity Days. Candy hosted this time. She just pulled decor that she already had from around her house. It turned out SO cute!
When the girls arrived, they were given this game. The new printable was created with inspiration from HERE. I just wanted to make a smaller version. You are welcome to print it. I did 6 per page. I slipped it into fry bags that I happened to have laying around.

The girls loved it, and it kept them entertained while we waited for everyone to arrive.
Candy made these merengue ghosts. Could you die? SO cute!!!
They were the perfect addition to the, "pumpkin sludge," dirt cups she made for the girls. Too cute!
We talked about the Hold Ghost with the girls, and they were all so sweet, talking about times they had felt it. We gave them this printable. Found HERE. It is the cutest poem about Halloween, and the Holy Ghost!
Next, the girls got to make a super easy and original ghost craft!

You will need:

2 styrofoam balls (2 inch or bigger)
1 toothpick
3 circles of cheese cloth (I cut out 8 layers at a time, and had it all ready)
2 to 4 straight pins with colorful tops
ribbon for bows (optional)

Flatten the bottom/base of one ball, so it will stand, and stick a toothpick in the top.
Stick the next ball on the toothpick.
Cover with layers of cheesecloth.
Poke eye pins in.
Cute and easy! I like how the cheesecloth will take whatever shape you place it in.
Candy got out some ribbon last minute, and I think addend the bow made them extra adorable (for girls)!
Boy ghosts pictured below. Some of the girls wanted to add mouths too. If I did this again, I might even buy brads for the mouths.
The last thing we did was have the skeleton game ready for them. Found HERE. I had them cut out, and ready to go in these cute little bags.
The girls thought this game was fun as well.
We sent each girl home with a copy of the pumpkin game, the Holy Ghost poem, the ghost craft, the skeleton game, and the ghostly dirt cup. And hopefully, a warm spirit in her heart :)
Thanks for stopping by. See you again soon! 

We have lots more to share!

Risa and Candy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SODA CAN Conference Handout

We are SODA excited about General Conference coming up!  Not only that, but also Women's Conference which is being held this Saturday, September 27th.  
We wanted to give our group of Activity Days girls a cute little treat and reminder to watch and listen to Conference.  So I made a printable to go along with our simple treat.  Which is these darling mini soda cans that contain fizzy candies inside them,
My kids just love these!
They can be purchased at Maverick Convenience Stores (or most Gas Stations) in the candy isle in a six pack for around $1.99 When split up that makes each can apx. 35 cents! 

Below is the printable that goes along with the little treat. The fun thing about this is that you can use it with a regular soda if you'd like as well for older kids or family members.

The printable is in a 5x7 format.  Just right click on the image below and select save as on your computer.  Or you will also be able to find this printable on Pinterest by clicking HERE.  

You can follow our board titled SUNSHINE & MELODY as well! 

We hope you'll share it with your group of girls and get them SODA excited for Conference as well!  We know that by getting excited about listening to the Leader of the Church, that they CAN feel the spirit and strengthen their own testimony of the Gospel. 

Enjoy! And don't forget to check back soon as we will be posting the second half of our Temple Theme Activity Days which we will be holding next month.


Thursday, September 11, 2014


sunshine and melody: Temple Dedication Activity Days.  Would be great for FHE or Young Women too!:

I was recently called to serve in Activity Days. We thought it was very fitting to learn about the temple dedication in this week's activity. This activity was a little over the top as far as decorations. But, we didn't have to buy anything. We just pulled from my house to make it work.

We pulled in the large flower arrangement that I have on my formal dining room table, and a painting from my bedroom. The painting is, Al Rounds, and entitled, "My Fathers House." I got it after I had my first baby. She will be able to take it with her (if she wants it) when she has a home of her own.

The Temple Dedication of the Ogden LDS temple is coming up on September 21. Worthy members of our church age eight and up, are invited to attend. Our Stake Centers and church buildings become an extension of the Temple on that day, and there are traditional things that happen at a Temple Dedication. We wanted the girls to understand what is going on while they are there, and what an amazing experience it will be for them to participate in.

The first thing we talked about with the girls is being worthy to enter the Temple, and getting a Temple recommend. We gave them each a future Temple Recommend card, and had them sign it.

We found the Temple recommend template here.

I designed a printable for each girl to take home with her, that talks about what to expect at the temple dedication.

Let me first say, I have not had the best luck ever turning my documents into downloads, so all you need to do to print my handouts is:

Right click on the image
Click,"save image to downloads," or, "save image as"
Save the image to your computer
Pull your image up wherever you saved it, and print.
Images were designed as 4x6. You can even send them to Costco.

We talked to the girls about what a Temple dedication is, and why we do it. We told the girls about the first Temple dedication in this dispensation, The dedication of The Kirtland Temple. That dedication lasted seven hours. I can only imagine how excited Heavenly Father and Jesus were at the restoration of the gospel on the Earth. The hosts of Heaven were there. You can read more about the Kirtland temple dedication

One thing we do in a Temple dedication is, The Hosanna Shout.

If you right click and copy on the Hosanna Shout below, you should be able to copy it to your computer or device and print it out from there.   Or you can go to my SUNSHINE AND MELODY Pin board under Candy Allen on Pinterest and copy and print from there.   
I created this printable. We read part of it, and sent it home with the girls to share with their families.
See printing instructions above.

Temple Dedication Printable from sunshine and melody: Temple Dedication Activity Days:

Below is also a printable for the hymn 
"The Spirit of God" which is traditionally sung at Temple Dedications.

Part of the reason we do the Hosanna Shout, is because that was done for Jesus as he entered the Temple at Jerusalem for the last time before his crucifixion. I wanted to share a picture of this event with the girls.

I found this lovely picture, here. I want it in my home. It is beautiful! 

This is a more common picture.

I found it on Google images.

As part of the Hosanna Shout, each member holds a handkerchief in their hand, and while waving it in the air says, "Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna to God and The Lamb, Amen, Amen, Amen," three times. We asked the girls to each bring a handkerchief, so they could embroider their initial on it, (like the tutorial found here) and they did a great job! 

You had better believe we threaded the needles before they got there!

Candy found and cut out these darling Temple boxes. She found the template here. Don't you just LOVE Pinterest?

They were the perfect size for a take home snack, and a great addition to our decorations!

Here is one more shot of the decor.

The girls loved it, and went home with quite a haul. They were so excited to learn about the Temple dedication. 

I am excited to participate in the upcoming Ogden Temple dedication in a few weeks. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each one of us. They are excited to see the work moving forth. Each dedication is amazing, and a sign that our Heavenly Father loves us, and wants us, and all His children to return to live with him.

This and that:

I printed everything at home.

I printed 4 per page of the, Temple Dedication.
I printed 2 per page of the, Hosanna Shout.
I printed 6 per page of The palm leaves.
I printed 4 per page of Jesus' entry to Jerusalem.
I printed 9 per page of the, Future Temple Recommend.

Thank you for stopping by. If you use our printables, we would love to see a picture!