Friday, 30 March 2012

Our Top 10 Rainy Day Activities

 I'm really hoping the sun will shine for the whole  two weeks of half term but I have a feeling that the  'April Showers' will make an appearance soon :(  So I find it really handy to have a few games/activities that are quick and easy, and will help to disperse the feelings of cabin fever....even if it's only for a few minutes.  Below are mine and the kids top 10...and they work, most of the time!!

1. Keep Fit Stations - make several posters of different fun exercises that kids can do and then stick them around the house...put some music on and let the kids go from one station to the next.

2. Spring Cleaning - give the kids a wet rag each, and ask them to wipe down surfaces, doors and skirting etc....I know it sounds like slave labour but my kids love it!!  And if they are a bit older, give them the real cleaning kids go to town when they have these and clean everything in sight...I actually have to ask them to stop, would you believe it!!
3. Make their own board games - stick several pieces of paper together to make a large game board, give the kids some felt tips/crayons and let them go for it.  We've had princess, aliens, trivia and not quite sure what games :)  Some of ours are still being used a couple of years on.

4. Wallpaper murals - Get a roll of plain lining paper and unroll it and let the kids draw a never-ending mural...and what's wonderful is they can keep going to their hearts content.  It's also great for them to show you what they've been learning at school, my kids did one and then took it to school to show in assembly....if I'd realised this was the outcome I wouldn't have been so flamboyant in my drawings, hahaa!
5. Movie time - an all-time classic, we rearrange the furniture, put on a movie, turn down the lights, and cuddle up with treats and popcorn....and you might even be able to sneak in a little nap too, woohoo!!
6. Card and craft making - make and decorate a card for a relative, neighbour or friend, then post it when the sun comes out...or let the kids go crazy with your recycling, some glue and sticky tape.
7.  Baking - I can't say I've done alot of baking with all 6 kids at once, normally only a few are interested at the time...but all six have enjoyed the finished product, mmmmm!!
8. Build a tent - yep, you've guessed it, get all the blankets, duvets and a stash load of pegs and turn an area/room into a soft, comfortable but somewhat haphazard tent. 
9. Lunch abroad - eat your lunch/snack in a room you wouldn't normally, the kids will love the change of location and hopefully you will squeal with excitement too.
10. Invite friends over - I know this might seem like you are putting more fuel on the fire, but 90% of the time this actually works out for the house has actually been quieter and calmer with 11 kids than it is with my 6!!!  Who would have thought it!!?!?!

I hope you and your brood have fun during the upcoming April showers??!!?  
Good luck :)

Friday, 23 March 2012

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

After hearing this talk in General Conference in April 2010, I made the chart below for help us to read and study John in the New Testament...each of the squares represent a page in the LDS edition of the Kings James Bible.

As you can see it has also been used to practice spellings on and just general scribbles, makes it look loved, don't you think??!!?...I made a simpler chart below where one letter can be coloured in when a chapter is read.  Feel free to copy the image and photocopy it for personal use.

This is the bit from Neil L. Andersen's talk that mentions reading the book of John....the rest of the talk is lovely too - 
Do our children say, “Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear”? 33
To the youth and children: Live up to your important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities. Seek to know more about Jesus; open the scriptures. One idea would be to read again the book of John and then discuss it with your parents, teachers, and each other.
Our family have really felt the spirit and a greater love of the Saviour as we have read, we have yet to finish...but we are loving every minute of it. 

Monday, 19 March 2012

The Power of Scripture

FHE is over for tonight and although it was one of our better ones, tears were still shed :(...we will get their in the end :)  Anyway, we used the first talk from Conference by Elder Richard G. Scott entitled 'The Power of Scripture'.

My daughter and me started the lesson by sharing how important the scriptures are and that one of the apostles talked about it at conference, we then watched a bit of Elder Scott's talk...we only watched a teeny bit of it, from 2:15-3:26mins.  My daughter handed out pieces of paper with the quote below on and separated us into groups to read through it and highlight the words that told us the blessings that come from memorizing the scriptures.

We shared what blessings we had found and then extended the challenge to memorize a, we chose to start off with our family scripture for the year which is Luke 2:52.  We read through it once and then showed them poster below (whipped up a few minutes before)'s the first letter of each word in the verse, we then recited it again. 

Next we had the words of the scripture cut out and the kids loved sorting them out to get them in order.  They worked together in pairs (using the 'first letter poster' above as a help) and then by themselves... and being the competitive type it of course had to be timed...daddy won with 20 seconds!!

The older 4 children could recite the scripture by the end of the evening, so that was really good...I'm going to make a prettier and laminated copy of the above game so that they can play it again, and it will help them to remember it a bit more...another handy activity to keep them entertained on Sundays:)

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Tortilla Bowls

I found this idea for making tortilla bowls in a magazine, and it was too good not to share for sooo many reasons.  My kids love them as they get to eat the 'bowl', and I'm not constantly wrapping my children's meat up while my dinner goes cold, then having to wipe away tears because the filling on their lap, and they are super quick and easy to with these bowls everyone's a winner :)

The pictures above kinda do all the talking, but here's what they couldn't say ;)
Put an oven proof bowl (or bowls) upside down on a baking tray, place the tortilla on top and press it against the bowl.  Put in the oven for 5-6 minutes on 200C/400F/Gas mark 6....and that's it, so hopefully no more tears at the dinner table!!!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Preparing for General Conference

This month in the Ensign there is a wonderful talk by Mark A. Barrionuevo entitled 'Preparing for General Conference'.  It got me to thinking about what we do to get ready for Conference as a family.
I love watching General Conference, and like a lot of people I find it really handy to take notes as it helps me to concentrate, note down impressions, a few years ago we got 'Conference Notebooks' for our kids too to help them to get more out of Conference....and so far it's worked!!  We all have exactly the same books and they have certainly improved their reverence and have even given me a few moments to jot down a few notes of my own :)
Just in case you can't read the writing in the bottom photo it reads - 'We love the prophet.  We believe in the prophets.  We no (know) that the prophet is true. He said the world is going crazy.  In this world some people are silly.'  My 5 year old daughter wrote this from October 2011, I'm going to have to go back and reread the Prophet's talk :)

For the next FHE following conference the kids look through their notes and share with us something they have learnt, a talk they enjoyed can be really inspiring (and might I add, quite entertaining).

Below are some links to other Conference activities and ideas that you might like and are handy to have at your fingertips with little ones about - 

LDS Website - includes Conference Notebook, Conference Squares, Conference Colouring.
Bingo and photo stickers - 8 different General Conference Bingos and photo stickers.
Junior Primary General Conference Packet - a collection of lots of different activities and crafts for 4-9 year old.
Nursery General Conference Packet - suitable for 2-4 year old, lots of crafts and activities.
General Conference Activity Book - compiled using pages from the Friend and some original pages too.
General Conference Ties - colour in the tie of the pictured prophet or apostle when they speak.
Gospel Topic Bingo - 5 different bingo cards that can be used for General Conference.
General Authority Matching and Go Fish - a printable games for the kids to play to help them learn the First Presidency and the 12 Apostles.
Conference Baggies - put pictures of the prophet and apostles on activity/treat bags and the children get to open them when the specific person speaks.
General Conference Bingo - this site randomly generates different bingo just keep printing!!
My General Conference Journal - has colouring pages, activities and note-taking ideas.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming General Conference with your family and that maybe some of the ideas above will help you (and your children) get more from Conference.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Rice Hand Warmers

I can't bear to throw my material scraps away, but the challenge is finding what to do with them all!!

Well, my fleece scraps finally have a purpose, yeahh....I found loads of tutorial for making fleece rice hand warmers, and couldn't believe that all I had to do was sew two pieces of material together, leaving a small gap so I could put some rice in, sew the gap, and that was it!!  I don't know why in my mind I pictured it being more than that, but they really were so quick and easy to make, which was very 'handy' as my scraps will soon be no more, mwahaaha!!

I whipped up some pink ones for my mother-in-law....and she loves them, I think??!  
I made a little tag to go with the gift too... my rush I forgot to take a photo of the finished project, whoops, still getting use to all this documenting your every move blog thing.  I then wrapped them up in some cellophane and attached a ribbon.

Daddy's interviews

We've decided to try and make our children's interviews more of a regular occurrence, so every first Sunday of the month is what it's gonna 6 down, only 10,000 more to go!!

As my husband started interviewing our oldest child (interview #1), they were discussing Jesus' life and stumbled upon the scripture below-

From this my husband realised that we needed to help the children to set goals in all of the areas mentioned in this verse to help them to grow up to be good people, who followed the example of the Saviour.  So from wisdom=education, stature=physical, in favour with God=relationship with God, in favour with man=relationship with family (and friends).

We've laminated these for the kids on different coloured card so that they stick them next to their beds, so that they can see the goals they have set and rub them out when they're done and put on a new one.

This scripture has now become our motto for the year, and I will hopefully get around to stencilling it onto some wood soon (well, I'm hoping to do it before the end of the year!!!)