Thursday, July 31, 2014

WATER BALLOON VOLLEYBALL

I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS FOR AN OUTSIDE ACTIVITY ON A WARM/HOT DAY! (THE KIDS DIDN'T GET TOTALLY SOAKED, BUT EVERYBODY GOT SPRINKLED A BIT WHEN BALLOONS HIT THE GROUND - OR A TREE BRANCH!)


YOU WILL NEED:
A VOLLEYBALL NET (OUR CHURCH BUILDING HAS ONE)
 20 (OR MORE) SMALL WATER BALLOONS (FILLED) -
I PUT THEM IN A PLASTIC BIN TO KEEP THEM OFF THE GROUND
6 TOWELS (BEACH TOWEL OR BATH TOWEL SIZE) -3 FOR EACH TEAM

FORTUNATELY, IN OUR CHURCH PARKING LOT, THERE ARE 2 TREES THAT ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TOGETHER THAT WE COULD PUT THE NET UP BETWEEN THEM (TYING THE ENDS AROUND THE TREES - SEE PHOTO BELOW)...


 IF YOU HAVE FREE-STANDING VOLLEYBALL POSTS AT YOUR BUILDING, YOU COULD PROBABLY TAKE THEM OUTSIDE. 
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A NET, YOU COULD STRING A ROPE BETWEEN TWO STRINGS (THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO GET THE BALLOONS OVER) AND TIE THEM BETWEEN TREES OR POSTS. YOU COULD EVEN HAVE YOUTH TAKE TURNS HOLDING A NET (OR ROPE).

I WOULD NOT DO THIS ACTIVITY INSIDE A GYM/CULTURAL HALL - THE WATER SPRAYS EVERYWHERE AND IT WOULD BE SLIPPERY!

IT TOOK A COUPLE OF TURNS FOR THE YOUTH TO GET THE HANG OF IT - IT IS NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS!



WE DIDN'T HAVE STRICT RULES, ONE GROUP WOULD GET A BALLOON AND ONE TEAM WOULD TRY TO LAUNCH IT TO THE OTHER SIDE. THEN THE OTHER GROUP WOULD GET A TURN. WE DIDN'T REALLY KEEP SCORE OR TRY TO PASS - IT WAS VERY CASUAL! WE ROTATED KIDS IN AND OUT AND CHANGED TEAMS EVERY SO OFTEN.





MOST OF THE BALLOONS DIDN'T MAKE IT OVER, BUT THEY SEEMED TO HAVE A LOT OF FUN TRYING!









A BIG BAG OF WATER BALLOONS COST ABOUT $3, SO IT WAS A FUN AND LOW-COST SUMMER ACTIVITY!

I FILLED ABOUT 20 BALLOONS AND THEY WERE ABLE TO PLAY FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES (THIS WAS THE FIRST 1/2 OF OUR ACTIVITY). THEY SAID THAT NEXT TIME, WE SHOULD HAVE MORE BALLOONS SO THEY CAN PLAY LONGER! I WOULD RECOMMEND 50 FILLED BALLOONS FOR AN HOUR WORTH OF PLAY WITH ONE NET.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Girls Camp Treats 2014



We usually send treats up with the Bishopric to Girls Camp on their Bishopric Night. The Bishopric also bring their own treats (usually ice cream sundaes) but I like to send along reinforcements from the YW Presidency as well. Most of us in the Presidency haven't been able to go along because of work, health, or other obligations, so we like the girls to know that we're thinking of them. I also make one for each YW Leader who is there from our ward (whether they are there in a Ward or Stake capacity)


We have one girl and one leader with Celiac disease (very serious gluten allergy), so I have to be careful about what I send. I don't want anyone to feel left out. 

I've seen on Pinterest that Starburst candies are delicious when roasted over a campfire (like you would roast a marshmallow). I haven't tried it myself, but it seemed like something the girls would like (and Starbursts are gluten-free).

I bought a couple of big bags of Starbursts and put several in some small jewelry-sized bags (I already had these, you can buy them at Walmart in the jewelry section).  For the bag sizes I had, 3 Starbursts fit inside perfectly.





I made instruction labels (I put them inside the bags) and name labels, then stapled them to the bags of candy with ribbon.















Easy and inexpensive!




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Personal Progress Board UPDATE

Our Personal Progress Board was starting to look a little rough over the past few months. Some of the chipboard letter stickers kept falling off, and a few of them were lost somewhere between the YW room and the closet. For the past few weeks we've had a "Personal _rogress" board that I was too embarrassed to bring out of the closet. We had also had a bunch of new girls come into YW, so we were needing to update the charts as well.

So I brought it home this last weekend after church and gave it a makeover. I added new letters and printed new charts. This time I also made a separate section for the Honor Bee charts.

To make the charts, I simply made a Numbers spreadsheet (I have a Mac, you could use Excel) with the number of rows/columns I wanted, then added color to each row to correspond with the value color. Each chart has its own name at the top. For the Honor Bee charts, I also used a Numbers spreadsheet and then included a spot to mark completion of the Book of Mormon and mentoring.

See my photos of the new and improved board!








You can find the post about the original board and its predecessors on my blog HERE