Wednesday, January 30, 2013

MODESTY 10-hour PROJECT for girls who love fashion

My daughter (at age 12) with her display table for YWIE

Here are some very cute digital collages that someone named "munchygirl" made on Polyvore (click on the photos if you want to go to the posts on Pinterest). "Munchygirl" has made one of these representing each of the YW Values, but I am only showing the two with the more modest outfits (They are all beautiful, but many of them featured sleeveless, short, or low-cut dresses or a bikini, which I feel like sort of sends a mixed signal). I like the general concept, though.


I think a fun Personal Progress 10-hour value project (especially for a young woman who is into art, design, or fashion) would be to review the clothing standards set by the First Presidency in For the Strength of Youth:
Immodest clothing is any clothing that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any other manner. Young women should avoid short shorts and short skirts, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and clothing that does not cover the shoulders or is low-cut in the front or the back...Young men and young women should be neat and clean and avoid being extreme or inappropriately casual in clothing, hairstyle, and behavior.
and then make a unique collage (like those shown above) for each of the 8 Young Women values. One website that allows users to create online collages like this is Polyvore (which is where the collages shown above were created).  I tried to make my own collage on there, and it did not turn out as cute as the ones shown above, thats for sure! But I'm sure most of the YW are more tech savvy than me! Please be aware that Polyvore is a commercial site not affiliated with the Church in anyway, so things on there may not necessarily be appropriate, so some parents might want to provide some assistance if this resource is used. I found it VERY difficult to find modest clothing on this site, even though they must have a million dresses on there. Almost all of them are sleeveless or strapless and very short. I also could not figure out how to add the YW Value posters like munchygirl did, but again, I'm sure you have YW who would be better at this than me!

Here was my attempt at a "Divine Nature" collage:


An alternative to creating digital collages like this would be to create paper collages using pictures from magazines/catalogs and pictures of clothing that the YW owns.


Creating 8 collages would take some time (whether digital or paper and glue), but wouldn't meet the entire requirement for a 10-hour project. Here are some additional ideas that would go along with creating the 8 collages to make a complete 10-hour project:

  • Make a modest clothes “board” on Pinterest and add clothes you like to it (they could spend HOURS doing this!)
  • After reviewing the standards for dress in For the Strength of Youth, think about why this is so important to church leaders and to Heavenly Father. 
  • Look through your own clothes and see if there is anything that you now want to stop wearing (or wear in a more modest way – like wearing a tank top with a sweater over it).
This project could work as a 10-hour Value Project for "Integrity" or "Virtue" (or possibly others)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

YW Theme Taboo Game

Despite our best efforts, sometimes the class activities we have planned just don't stretch out the entire 1 1/2 hours of Mutual, so I was trying to think of some things we could do that would be good time-fillers, but also fun and semi-educational (and not time-wasters)...
 
The Mia Maids in our ward are really into games. I got the idea to make a YW theme Taboo style game from a pin on Pinterest about Burlap & Denim. Taboo is the game where you try to get your partner to say the word at the top of the card (but you can't say any of the words on the card in the process). Having a game like this that focuses on YW related things (like the YW Values and other church-related topics) is a good way to re-emphasize those things in a fun way.

Burlap & Denim has a whole set of (free) pre-designed cards that you can just print out onto cardstock and then cut-out. If you have the Taboo board game (or can borrow or buy one used) you can even use the Taboo card holder (shown here in Burlap & Denim's photo):


When I was in the office supply area at the store yesterday, I saw that they had Avery printable flash-card sheets, so I thought I would save myself some time by printing the cards onto pre-cut flashcards. I thought it would be good to have pre-perforated cards so that I didn't end up with any odd-shaped cards because I'd cut them by hand. However, my genius plan didn't work out because the size/quantity per page of the flashcards I purchased didn't fit with the size/quantity per page of the pre-designed cards from Burlap & Denim...so I had to improvise.

I had purchased the Avery Custom Print Flash Cards (56 count), but they are also available in larger  quantities (100, 200, etc). The package I bought was under $5.

Using the Avery online template that goes with the flashcards I bought, I used some of the ideas from Burlap & Denim and also created some of my own cards.

If you decide to make your own cards using the Avery printable flashcards like I did, please note that they will not fit in the Taboo game card holders. You could also use the Avery online template (4780) to make your own cards and print them on cardstock if you want to make all your own cards without actually purchasing the printable flashcards, but they will not fit into the Taboo card holders either.

The only way that I could find to easily print these cards so that they will fit in the Taboo card holders is to use plain cardstock and Burlap & Denim's pre-designed cards.  I don't have any Taboo game card holders anyhow, so I plan to have the girls just hold the stack of cards.

Here are the cards I made (16 total). You might need to make more cards if you have a larger group.I still have a lot of blank flash-card sheets leftover, so I will probably add more later as the girls get really good at guessing these!




I thought it would be fun to have a "sample" card that could be used to teach (or remind) the girls how to play without taking one of the real playable cards out of circulation (because everyone would see the answer when I demonstrated), so I created this special "Sister Rogers" card (about myself)...that I hope they will think is funny...


SOME IDEAS FOR CARDS:
MUTUAL: Wednesday, night, activity
PERSONAL PROGRESS: project, chart, goals
DIVINE NATURE: daughter, heavenly, father
GENERAL CONFERENCE: April, October, Worldwide
BISHOP: Ward, Father, Interview
TESTIMONY: Know, true, Holy Ghost
SCRIPTURES: Book, Mormon, Bible
SEMINARY: morning, class, youth
FOR THE STRENGTH OF YOUTH: pamphlet, church, standards
LAUREL: oldest, 16, date
MIA MAID: middle, 14, dance
BEEHIVES: youngest, 12, new

PURPOSE: Create a fun and church-based game for those weeks when your class activity runs short!
COST: $5 or less, depending on paper used to print cards.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

MINUTE TO WIN IT combined activity


I used this idea for a homeschool group party and it went great - this is an idea that I have on the back-burner for Mutual and we hope to be able to use it very soon for a Combined YM/YW activity. I found the ideas for the games from various sources, but adapted each of them to have a specific scriptural theme. 

UPDATE: We played this game for our combined YM/YW activity this week. Updates will be added to this post in red font.

“Minute to Win-It” COMBINED Activity*
Break the group into 2 teams (mixed YW & YM) and have representatives from each team take turns going up to compete in the games while their teams cheer them on. There are 5 different games, but they can be performed more than once (back to back) to give more people a chance to play. The winner of each game will get a point.

Each of the games has a scriptural theme, like “the iron rod” or “tower of babel”. Bonus points will be given to the team that can find the scripture reference that goes along the story being referenced in each game. Teams can look through their scriptures and try to find the scripture being referenced and earn the extra points while games are being set up.

*could also be used for a joint (all-girls) activity if you have a larger number of girls

REMEMBER TO HAVE ALL OF THE YOUTH BRING THEIR SCRIPTURES! To drum up interest, I announced that we were playing Minute to Win It style games (and described some of them so they would know they were fun!) and told them that they could earn extra points IF they brought their scriptures. 
 
GAME #1- “The Tower of Babel” (scripture reference: Genesis 10, 11:4)

One contestant from each team stacks ding-dongs to make a tower on their forehead. See which contestant can stack the most (wrapped**) ding dongs on their forehead. To win the point, the stack must stay on your head without your hands touching it for 3 seconds.

REQUIRED ITEMS: ABOUT 20 DING-DONGS**

**The photo shows unwrapped ding-dongs, but I've done this game with teens before and they all wanted to eat the ding-dongs, so I thought it would be best to keep them wrapped. Works fine! PS- I couldn't find Hostess Ding Dongs anywhere, but I was able to find store-brand versions of the same thing at Walmart. However, they were not wrapped in foil, they came in a puffy plastic pouch that was unsuitable for stacking. So I unwrapped each "ding dong" and wrapped them in small squares of foil. Worked great!
Here is a photo of some of our youth playing the game at our recent Mutual activity. As you can see, some of them figured out that they could make a larger stack if they laid down on the ground. If you want to prevent this, you should add it to your rules before the game starts. We allowed it.







GAME #2- “The Iron Rod” (scripture reference: 1st Nephi 11-12)

2 players from each team complete together. They work together to transfer 3 empty soda cans from one table to another, using only a (DRY) fettuccine or spaghetti noodle (no hands allowed)


REQUIRED ITEMS: 6 EMPTY SODA CANS, BOX OF DRY FETTUCCINE OR SPAGHETTI NOODLES, 4 TABLES


Here is a photo of some of our youth playing this game:



GAME #3- "Samuel the Lamanite Stack Game" (Scripture reference: Helaman 16:2)

One player from each team will complete 4 tasks:

  • #1- make a “wall” using 15 cups (none "doubled-up")
  • #2- Once the wall is constructed, place a Samuel the Lamanite* toy on top
  • #3- stand behind a line on the floor and try to knock Samuel off the top of the wall (by throwing m&ms at him).
  • #4- Player must then collect all the cups put them back in their original stack

First one to complete the entire series of 4 tasks wins.

REQUIRED ITEMS: 2 SAMUEL THE LAMANITE TOYS (you can purchase toys like the one shown at stores like Deseret Book, or use generic Native American style toys or other action figures), 30 PLASTIC OR PAPER CUPS, 2 BAGS OF M&MS, 2 TABLES


*I couldn't find my Samuel the Lamanite action figures at the last minute this time, so we ended up using veggie tales toys. It doesn't matter at all! 
 Here is a photo of some of our youth playing this game:






GAME #4- "The upright waters" (Scripture reference: Doctrine & Covenants 61:16)

One person from each team will stand behind a line on the floor (about 5 feet away from a table) and try to toss a water bottle (that is only 1/3 full of water) so that it lands upright on the table. First person to land a water-bottle right side up wins the point. If they run out of water bottles before time runs out, they can run to retrieve the bottles they have already thrown.


REQUIRED ITEMS: 6 BOTTLES OF WATER (WITH 2/3 OF THE WATER POURED OUT), 2 TABLES

None of our youth were able to accomplish this, though 4 people tried. I suspect that we had too much water in the bottles? Maybe try it out a few times to see if it seems like it could work and adjust water level as needed?

GAME #5- "Brother of Jared Stone Stacking Game" (Scripture reference: Ether 3)
This is a timed game. One person from each team will attempt to stack golf balls within the 60 second time limit. The golf balls must be stacked freestanding, no hands or anything else propping them up. Any team that can stack 2 golf balls together within 60 minutes wins a point. Extra point for each extra golf ball stacked at once (ie, 3 balls stacked at once = 2 points, 4 balls stacked at once = 3 points)

REQUIRED ITEMS: 8 GOLF BALLS, 2 TABLES, TIMER OR PHONE WITH STOP-WATCH



This turned out to be really fun activity and since went ahead played each of the games multiple times (with the scripture-chase game in between games), the whole thing took about 45 minutes, then we had just enough time for refreshments!

This activity took a bit of prep work. I printed out instructions for each youth who was running a game (the class and quorum who were in charge of the activity) and another copy of every game's instructions for the timer/score-keeper (also a youth). I was there early to set everything out, but they set up the chairs, announced/explained the games, set them up, cleaned them up, kept score, and made the final calls on who got the points.

Explaining the rules to the Brother of Jared Stone Stacking Game

I encouraged all of the youth to cheer for their competitors. There were also "prizes" awarded to the winning team - olympic-looking gold medal necklaces that I bought at Walmart (in the party favor section) - they were 8 for 97 cents. We had an award ceremony at the end and the Mia Maids presented the necklaces to the winning team.

Here (below) is the information I printed out for the Scripture-Chase game that went on in between games (so we didn't lose the attention of the youth and so that the Mia Maids who were running the games had time to clean-up the old game and set up new game). This game could easily be managed by one of the youth, but I ended up doing it for our activity because one of the Mia Maids wasn't able to be there.


Scripture chase game
(ongoing game that happens in between the other games while the next regular game is being set up)

Each of the games has a scriptural theme, like “the iron rod” or “tower of babel”. Bonus points will be given to the team that can find the scripture reference that goes along the story being referenced in each Minute to Win-it game. Teams can look through their scriptures and try to find the scripture being referenced and earn the extra points while the next Minute to Win-it game is being set up.


Everyone will need to keep their scriptures under their chair during the Minute to Win-it games. If you are in charge of the in-between game scripture chase game, you will stand up and tell everyone that its time to get their scriptures out and start trying to find the scripture reference being referred to in the previous game.

THEY MUST GIVE YOU THE CORRECT SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (AT LEAST THE NAME OF THE SPECIFIC BOOK AND CHAPTER (OR SECTION) WHERE THE STORY IS. THERE MAY BE OTHER CORRECT ANSWERS THAN THOSE SPECIFICALLY LISTED HERE, SO PLEASE CHECK IF SOMEONE COMES UP WITH A DIFFERENT ANSWER THAN WHAT IS LISTED.
 
Examples of correct answer types:
“Alma, Chapter 5”
“Genesis, Chapter 2”
“the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 4”

Examples of incorrect answer types:

“the Book of Mormon”
“Alma”
“The Old Testament”

IF PEOPLE ARE HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THE ANSWER, YOU CAN REMIND THEM OF THE NAME OF THE GAME THAT WAS JUST PLAYED. NO OTHER HINTS!


FIRST TEAM TO GUESS CORRECTLY WINS 1 BONUS POINT FOR THEIR TEAM.

GAME #1- THE TOWER OF BABEL (scripture reference: Genesis Chapters 10 and 11) – saying either one of the chapters counts as a correct answer


GAME #2- BROTHER OF JARED STACKING GAME (scripture reference: Ether Chapter 3)

GAME #3- THE IRON ROD (scripture reference: 1st Nephi Chapters 11-12) saying either one of the chapters counts as a correct answer

GAME #4- "Samuel the Lamanite Stack Game" (scripture reference: Helaman Chapter 16)


GAME #5- “The Upright Waters” Scripture reference: Doctrine & Covenants section 61) -
this one is DIFFICULT - I offered 2 bonus points for this one - and somebody finally got it, with the help of their topical guide or index!


PURPOSE: Uniting the youth in teamwork, giving them opportunities for leadership of the group and speaking in front of others, some scriptural emphasis.

COST: Around $15.00, not including refreshments. I borrowed golf balls and brought empty pop cans from home, so the only things I needed to buy were cups, ding-dongs, 2 packages of m&ms, spaghetti noodles, 6 bottles of water, and the necklaces for the winners (which is really optional).

Thursday, January 10, 2013

JOHNNY LINGO / 8 COW WOMAN JOINT ACTIVITY


The Mia Maids are in charge of planning a joint (all-girls) activity this month and we have planned a special "Johnny Lingo" activity. None of the Mia Maids had actually seen the movie "Johnny Lingo," which is a short movie made in 1969 that is now kind of a cult classic among LDS people (no pun intended! :) ). Your ward library may have a copy of the movie - it is one of the short movies on a VHS tape produced by the church titled "The Worth of Souls" along with several other short movies like "Uncle Ben" and "The Mailbox" (on the same tape). Our library didn't have a copy, so I found it on youtube here


The movie is very corny (and the hairstyles are very 70's), but like I said, this movie is a classic. The general idea is that Johnny Lingo (a wealthy, good-looking, and respected man in a Polynesian village) is ready to marry and he sets his sights on a homely, unpopular girl named Mahana, who is despised and put-down by her father. The custom is for the would-be husband to "pay" a girl's father a certain number of cows in order to marry her. Girls who are attractive and skilled are "worth" more cows than less-attractive girls. Many women on the island have been deemed worth 2, 3, or 5 cows. The only reason the villagers can think of that Johnny might choose to marry Mahana is because he is a shrewd trader and wants a good "bargain". They all wonder how few cows he can get her for - maybe a sick 3-legged cow, or just a hoof? They are shocked when Johnny Lingo refuses to pay less than 8 cows for Mahana. It has a very cute message about how to treat people and self-worth.


JOHNNY LINGO ACTIVITY


ACTIVITY PLAN: WATCH THE SHORT MOVIE ‘JOHNNY LINGO’ (ABOUT 20 MINUTES)*, FOLLOWED BY AN ACTIVITY WHERE THE YOUNG WOMEN WILL ROTATE THROUGH STATIONS AND DO 8 MINI-PROJECTS TO EARN ‘COWS’ AND BECOME AN ‘8 COW WOMAN’. POLYNESIAN THEME – THIS ACTIVITY IS HELD IN THE WINTER, BUT JUST FOR GIRLS MAY COME DRESSED IN (MODEST) SUMMER CLOTHES, HAWAIIAN SHIRTS, SUNGLASSES, ETC (IF THEY WANT TO). THEY WILL BE GIVEN A LEI NECKLACE AS A PRIZE AT THE END.

AFTER THE MOVIE, WE TALKED ABOUT THEIR FAVORITE PARTS AND DISCUSSED HOW MAHANA CHANGED WHEN HER SELF-IMAGE IMPROVED. THEN I TOLD THE GIRLS THAT I THINK THEY ARE ALL 8 COW WOMEN, BUT THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL BY PASSING OFF CHALLENGES AT 8 STATIONS. 

I GAVE EACH GIRL A SHEET OF PAPER WITH 8 SQUARES AND THE WORDS "ARE YOU AN 8 COW WOMAN?" AND INSTRUCTED THEM TO GO FROM STATION TO STATION, COMPLETING THE TASKS AT EACH ONE (AND GETTING EACH SQUARE SIGNED OFF BY THE MENTOR). 

EACH OF THE STATIONS HAD A "COW" THEME:

·    EARN A "HOLY COW" BY MEMORIZING A SHORT SCRIPTURE (I picked a one sentence scripture verse and printed it out, then once they had learned the verse, they would recite it to the mentor for that station)


·    EARN A "MOO-CHAS GRACIAS" COW BY WRITING A THANK-YOU NOTE TO SOMEONE (I supplied a stack of thank you notes, and they were asked to write a thank you note to someone. When the note was completed, the mentor then signed off their sheet)

·    EARN A "COW BELLE" BY TAKING A QUIZ ABOUT MANNERS/ETIQUETTE (I made up a short quiz based on some etiquette for teens quizzes I saw online. I tried to make it about things that were relevant and that weren't TOO hard)

·    EARN A "COW-TIPPING" BY RANKING COSTS OF LOW-BUDGET & HIGH-COST ENTERTAINMENT (my list included "watching a movie at home" "going to the movies and getting popcorn" "attending a free concert" "baking cookies with a friend" "eating dinner at a fancy restaurant" and "going to the park"- I printed these out on word strips. Before the mentor signed off the task, they needed to put the wordstrips into two piles - low-budget and high-cost)


·    EARN A "SIMON COW-ELL" BY LEARNING ABOUT & LISTING THEIR TALENTS (Each girl was given a piece of paper and asked to list all of their talents (as many as they could think of. The mentor had a list of talents to help if the girls got stuck or couldn't' think of anything)


·    EARN A "COW PIE" BY SOLVING A PUZZLE WITH A SERVICE THEME. (I printed out a quote with some blanks in it and the girls were supposed to fill in the blanks with some pre-printed words that I had prepared.  Here is the quote I used: "According to a recent survey reported on by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) volunteer more of their time than any other group in America. According to the research,  about 40% of all Americans report that they participate in volunteer service. The average Mormon spends 430 hours a year in church and community service, which is 8.2 hours a week or about 25 hours monthly, 6 to 8 times the amount the average American who volunteers contributes" (The numbers in red are those that I left blank in the quote and printed separately. That way, they had to take the 3 numbers they were given and put them in the appropriate spot. This would probably be a guess, so if they got it wrong, the mentor would just correct them)

·    EARN A "GRAZING" COW BY SOLVING A PUZZLE ABOUT MAKING HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES (I looked up nutrition recommendations (for teens) online and made a short -like 5 questions- true or false quiz. So it was things like "It is suggested that teens eat 5 servings of fruits & vegetables every day" and they would mark true or false). It was ok if they got some of them wrong- if so, the mentor would just point out the right answer. 

·    EARN "COW-LASTETICS" BY LEARNING ABOUT EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TEENS (I looked up exercise recommendations (for teens) online and made a short -like 5 questions- true or false quiz. So it was things like "It is suggested that teens get 3 hours of exercise per day" and they would mark true or false). It was ok if they got some of them wrong- if so, the mentor would just point out the right answer.


I MADE INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH STATION AND WHATEVER I NEEDED TO PRINT OUT (LIKE THE
SCRIPTURE THEY WERE TO MEMORIZE, OR A LITTLE QUIZ I MADE UP ABOUT MANNERS) ON A
WORD DOCUMENT. YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE THE INFORMATION LEARNED AT EACH STATION TO FIT
YOUR GIRLS' NEEDS.



OTHER PURPOSES:

·INVOLVE THE MIA MAID PRESIDENCY IN A LEADERSHIP CAPACITY AS 'MENTORS' FOR 4 OF THE 8 MINI-PROJECTS (WE HAD THIS PLANNED AHEAD, SO THEY PICKED WHICH STATIONS THEY WANTED TO DO)

·INCLUDE SOME OF THE WARD’S WOMEN AS MENTORS FOR THE OTHER 4 MINI-PROJECTS



WHEN EACH OF HER SQUARES WERE SIGNED OFF,  I GAVE  EACH YOUNG WOMAN HER OWN OFFICIAL "8 COW WOMAN" LEI NECKLACE...







We made 8-cow lei necklaces for each girl and the adult mentors. I bought some inexpensive leis (about 40 cents each) and printed out little cow clipart from the internet. Then I punched a hole in each cow and tied 8 of them to each lei with raffia. Here I am, modeling one of them!




Orange analogy

I thought this was a great analogy that could be used as an object lesson about integrity or choice & accountability- our true intentions tend to come out when we have to make the tough choices, so its important to be spiritually prepared at all times. I got this idea from this website here

Orange Analogy 


"We must take responsibility for who we are and what we've become... If you squeeze an orange, you will get orange juice. It doesn't matter who squeezes it, where or when this is done, or what kind of implement is used. If you squeeze an orange, what comes out is orange juice.

The same holds true for each of us. When the pressure is on--regardless of when, where, why, or who is inducing the pressure--all that can come out is what genuinely is inside of us. If we have learned to trust in the Lord, care about others, and sincerely want to do what is right, all that will be evident. If we have not worked at learning those things, our mistrust, selfish desires, or angry feelings will ultimately rule the outcome"