Thursday, November 22, 2012

Faith Value Project - Theme board, etc / New Vinyl 2013 theme

A sisMy daughter Kendall is finishing up her last Value Project for Personal Progress tonight. For her Faith Value Project, she decided to make some items to spruce up our Sunday opening exercises/class.

For her project, she has made:

  • A new YW Theme board (we usually use one of the pink & white posters that is hanging on the wall, but this will larger, portable, and easier to see). She is using a different poster and hers is slightly different than what is shown in the link, but she got the idea from this blog.  Here is the photo of Kendall's completed theme board:

  • A decorated & framed dry-erase board that will show who is conducting, saying opening prayer, hymn #, etc. We don't have anything like this right now, so this will be helpful (the girls are always forgetting who agreed to say closing prayer, what the hymn number is, etc). You can find the directions here
  • A new pencil jar (we have one in the YW closet, but its just a plain mason jar...she has decorated a new jar to coordinate with the other items she made).
  • A folder with printed "agenda" sheets that she made for the class presidents to use when they are conducting. I will post photos ASAP. 

Here she is with three of her completed items for this Value Project: 

She also got permission from our YW President (and the YW President in the other ward sharing the building) to replace the large vinyl 2012 youth theme that is decorating the wall above the chalkboard (in our YW room). She has ordered the new 2013 youth theme "Stand ye in holy places" lettering & our local temple in vinyl and will remove the old vinyl (then place the new vinyl lettering) at the end of the year. This is not part of her 10-hours for the Value Project, this is just something extra she wanted to do.

Removing the 2012 theme

The new vinyl 2013 theme

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dry-Erase Board for Sunday Opening Exercises

My daughter Kendall made this decorated & framed dry-erase board for our ward Young Womens Sunday opening exercises as part of one of her Value Projects. It shows who is conducting, saying opening prayer, hymn #, etc. We don't have anything like this right now, so this will be helpful (these things are always announced by whoever is conducting, but the girls are always forgetting who agreed to say closing prayer, what the hymn number is, etc)

She bought a pretty frame (on sale, of course!). Its for a 11 x 13" photo, but you could use any large-ish frame (we considered a long, skinny frame for a while).

She picked out a piece of 12x12" scrapbook paper that she wanted to use, and then coordinating darker paper (any size) to mat the words with. She cut the 12x12" down to fit her frame (since this frame is 11x13, she had about 1/4 inch of space around the edges where the original white mat (that came with the frame) shows through. It looks fine and like she did it on purpose that way (just make sure its even all the way around).

She didn't want to put the whole agenda for conducting (welcome visitors, announcements, recitation of theme, etc) on the board, just the assignments that participants would need to be aware of:

Opening Prayer:
Closing Prayer:

She printed the words onto plain printer paper, cut them out, then glued them onto the darker paper and cut them out again. Then she placed the words on the larger paper where she wanted them (make sure you have them in the order you want before you attach!)

Place the paper in the frame, and you're done! Since the paper is enclosed behind the glass of the frame, you can use a dry-erase marker to write in the names, week after week, without damaging the paper!

ESTIMATED COST: Between $5 and $20, depending on how costly your frame is. You can purchase an inexpensive frame for about $5 at Walmart. Beside the frame, you only need several pieces of scrapbook paper (and a dry-erase marker!)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


In trying to plan class activities that we could do during November and December, I was thinking that it might be nice for the girls to be able to make gifts that they could give to friends or relatives. Most of our girls are not what I would consider "crafty," and if I told them we were going to make crafts they probably would run screaming the other way.

I spent some time trying to think of things that they would enjoy making, but would also teach them a skill or reinforce a principle. I think its empowering to make something yourself - and when you can make something that you are really proud of that is great for self-esteem.

This is especially good around the holidays, since a lot of people are cutting back because of the economy, so its nice to feel like you have skills that allow you to make something special as a gift.

I came up with three ideas for things I could teach the girls to make:
  • Bracelets
  • Baby blankets
  • Hand warmers
I will be writing 3 separate posts that explain each of these crafts, what we did, and how we did it. This first post is about the bracelets!

BRACELETS: We will be making 3 different types of bracelets. I looked on Pinterest and found tutorials for (relatively easy) bracelets. My original idea was to let the girls make bracelets for themselves (and to give to friends/relatives if they wanted). One concern that I had was that some of the girls might not like the bracelets (and not be very interested in making them).

When I was picking up the bracelet supplies, I thought of a way that we could make the activity more meaningful. I remembered that our local Women's shelter always requests donations of items that children can give to their mothers as Christmas gifts. So I went to the dollar store and bought 12 small Christmas gift bags and set a goal that (in addition to any bracelets that the girls want to make/keep for themselves) we would also complete 12 bracelets to donates as gifts. I'm hoping each of the girls will like at least one of the bracelets we're making, but even if they don't, I think they will be enthusiastic about making them for a good cause.

Here are the 3 bracelet styles I chose (click on photos to go to the tutorials on Pinterest)-

Here is a photo of some of girls working on the bracelets at Mutual last Wednesday. As you can see, we had quite a mess going! They worked very quickly, so it took a lot less time than I'd planned. So if you do this activity you'll probably need to either make MORE bracelets to donate (I set a goal of 12 bracelets and it took less than 20 minutes for them to get them done!) OR plan an additional activity/craft to go along with this. The girls did enjoy making the bracelets and seemed excited about donating them to the Shelter.

MATERIALS NEEDED: depends on type of bracelets being made (see tutorials by clicking on photos)

PURPOSE: Teaching thriftiness, working with our hands to create things, and good works