Want to know what's new on the LDS-YW website? Want detailed instructions on how to make crafts for YW? Want links to leader resources and fun, fresh, new activity ideas? Then you've come to the right place!
Our 2015 mutual theme PRINTS are on sale on our website. You can get a 5"x7" print for as low as 25 cents! CLICK HERE.
And - please make note - we are almost out of our 2015 mutual theme LIP BALM. Once they're gone - they're gone for good (we won't be making any more). So order those TODAY if you want them. They won't last long. CLICK HERE.
Our 2015 YW Leader Calendar is on Clearance for only $3.00. If nothing else - you'll want the 4 activity ideas each month. They will give you some great ideas! And for 3-bucks, who can resist?!?!
We have a new book on our website. It is on our PRIMARY page, but this is a book for all ages. The first time I saw it - I fell in love with it - as this is one of my most favorite primary songs. 6"x6" board book.
It goes through the song, a line on each page (in order) and has adorable pictures to go with each line. It is a beautifully illustrated book. I just love it so much!
To order this board book on our website, CLICK HERE.
Sadly, there have been more than a couple suicide attempts at a high school in our area in the past few weeks. One died. It is very sad, and has sort of stunned our community. The high school where my daughter attends did something the other day that just brought tears to my eyes. They showed their support by sending a simple message to this rival school. What great youth we have in our midst!!!
If you need more information on suicide, please visit Hope4Utah - click here
Or, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, here.
This would be such a fun combined young men/young women activity. Would also be great at a family reunion or youth conference!
This video shows the people being pushed and pulled back by humans - I also think it would be fun to tie a rope onto the rolling board and roll them out, then simply pull them back in with the rope. But either way - what a fun activity this could be!! *Just watch those fingers - keep them away from the wheels!*
What you'll need:
1. Some kind of rolling boards that will hold people and put up with being pushed and pulled.
2. Balloons (roughly 30-40)
3. Baskets (round plastic laundry baskets work the best)
4. Rope to tie onto boards if you want to use rope instead of man-power.
Make 4 groups, one in each corner of the room. Each team - at the same time - will push their first player out to the middle trying to capture balloons in their baskets. Pull them back. Next person lays down on board, push them out, collect balloons, pull them back. When all the balloons are gone from the center, count to see which team has the most. Play again.
For more great activity ideas, visit our website HERE.
**This is an ongoing project for me, so although
this post will eventually "be an old post", I am still accepting capes all the time.**
I love to see people helping children in 3rd world countries. I know
this brings sunshine to many, many people. I've helped with the
Days for Girls organization that helps young women with their menstrual
cycles in these 3rd world countries (I will post more about this
project a little later when I get everything figured out).
I get a little sad, however, thinking about all the children here in
America who could use those services. I have found one that I think
will be a very good fit for me. The project of capes does not require
any sewing (the pattern they have in Family Fun Magazine - CLICK HERE FOR PATTERN on page 2) - I don't sew, so this is a GREAT one for me!!
I would like to ask my readers to help me make this happen! I ship these capes off when I have at least 100 capes to send to this organization to distribute.
Will you help me?
How to help:
1. Go to the link to make a cape (the Family Fun pattern)
2. Email me when the cape(s) are complete. email@example.com I will
email back to you my address to ship them to (postage paid by you) or you can drop them off at my house.
3. You can (but not required) enclose any kind of cash donation with your capes. 100% of
this donation will be used for this Capes for Kids project - 100%!!
4. When I receive at least 100 capes - I will ship them to Enchanted Makeovers.
5. They will distribute them where they are needed most.
If you have any questions, please post a comment on the post and I will
reply to it. This way, if others have the same questions as you - they
won't need to ask again.
Let's work together to bring sunshine to the lives of these kids in shelters.
Thank you so much for your service and donations!!
Our newest item to be added to our 2015 mutual theme page is an Embark boat craft kit. These are fantastic for a last minute activity (if you have purchased them already), or for an easy craft at Girls Camp.
How to make your EMBARK boat:
1. Order the KIT on our website HERE. (Includes wood boat, vinyl Embark, vinyl shape)
2. Lightly sand the edges (they don't need much, but maybe a little)
3. Paint boat. Let dry.
4. Apply vinyl to boat.
5. Finish with a light layer of Mod Podge.
We have a *NEW* drawstring backpack now available on our website. When you think of EMBARK - don't you think of a journey? Us too! What better way to go on that journey this year than with a cute little backpack. These are great for camp, youth conference (we did them a neutral color for all to enjoy), retreats, gifts, hikes, temple trips, and so much more!
You can order your drawstring backpack today! CLICK HERE.
This time of the year is so fun. So much to do in my personal life with family and friends. It is also a busy time of the year in my YW calling. Right now we are reviewing our budget and getting everything in order for next year - including what to give our girls for their birthdays. We try to make it a big deal.
So - to make it a little easier on you - here is a short list of items we sell on LDS-YW.com that could be used for birthday gifts.
2015 theme bracelets. We also have one with a brown strap that is great for young men!
I have always been an advocate for having YW activities that teach our YW to cook.
I've had an interesting experience the past couple of months. My oldest son is dating this amazing young lady. She is a return missionary, cute, fun to be around, has a solid testimony of the gospel, and so much more. We really enjoy having her around.
She does not know how to cook. It is almost surprising to hear them communicate about cooking. He cooks for her all the time (I taught all my kids how to cook - including my boys). I overheard her say that she doesn't know how to cook Raman noodles. Seriously? I am quite shocked at the lack of cooking skills some young women have these days. Eating out and buying already prepared meals is almost a curse these days.
This is why I am - and always will be - a huge advocate for teaching our YW how to cook. Buying food that is already prepared or eating out is so easy these days. Teaching YW simple skills like cooking will bless their lives in so many ways.
Need an activity idea that we have incorporated in my current ward? We have 2 "feasts" per year. Something in the Spring /Summer and one in the Fall (we call this one Fall Feast). During this activity, we either make it all at the church, or have it in someone's home. We always cook 4 items - main dish, bread, salad or side dish, dessert. For example - this past October we made chili, corn bread, caramel apples and salad. We divide our girls into groups - which with each group will make one dish for all the YW. Then we come together and have a "feast" of the foods they all made. Our YW really love these activities. They go home with all the recipes. Our classes also have additional cooking activities throughout the year.
I know that our YW are being blessed by the skills we are teaching them. They have learned skills like how to read a recipe, how to mix, stir, fold, beat, etc. They have learned the simple knowledge of preheating an oven.
I firmly believe that getting back to basics - per say - is so important. We can't just assume they are being taught at home. Because from my experience - some are - but most aren't.
You can find SO MANY ideas and recipes online that can easily be done in your activity time. Or, pull out your cookbooks and favorite recipes and share them with the YW whom you serve.
Today we launched one new product from our new product line - The Story Pouch. We wanted to get this one out there so orders for the Christmas season can begin! We have SO many more coming very soon - Bible stories, Book of Mormon stories, animals, numbers, alphabets, brick people, etc... This entire line will eventually have its own website, but until it's completed, you can order them on our Primary page on our YW website. CLICK HERE.
These are perfect for quiet play in church - HINT HINT!!
This was a fun activity! We let our youth (we did this with the young men) know a couple weeks ahead of time that we would be making Mormon Messages. We had 3 groups: Beehives & Deacons, Mia Maids & Teachers, Laurels & Priests. They were responsible to get together and make a plan ahead of time. On the night of the activity, we had 3 camera people set up (adults in the ward) to record what they had planned. It took a good 1.5 hours to get these recorded. The youth then coordinated with the camera person who recorded their video to do any editing they wanted to do to get the finished product.
We had this activity in November. In January we always have a CYM/YW activity of an etiquette dinner. We showed these at this dinner as the entertainment. The Laurels/Priest one was by far the best (they did a bad date - good date scenario and based it on the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet).
This activity does take planning, and some commitment from the youth, but we found that most of our youth really enjoyed making these.
**I would post one of these so you can see it, but we have individuals in our ward who do not want these shown online, so I can't. But believe me - they were fun.
Play the game "That's my Mom". Each girl gets a sign that says “That’s My Mom!”. This can be as simple as it written on a piece of paper. The girls sit in the front of the room (or in a big circle next to their mom’s), their mothers are the audience. Someone reads a sentence like: “This Mom use to be a race car driver” or “This Mom’s favorite TV show is...., “ or “This Mom's favorite meal is lasagna”, etc... If the girls think this is their mom, they raise their sign up & get a point if they are right. Talk with all the moms beforehand and try to get little known things about the mothers to make it somewhat difficult for the girls. You could end with each girl sharing one thing they love about their mom. This is a fun way to get to know each other better and to show love for each other. You could then give a little gift to the winner (maybe a gift card to your local ice cream place), and something smaller to everybody else. (Thanks, Tabitha, for this great idea!)
In my ward we have had several families who have needed service. Mainly in the form of food. The RS has decided to take these families freezer meals. They can pull one out whenever it is needed. This has been so successful!
As a young women group, we decided to use some of our activities to make freezer meals and then take them to the RS compassionate service leader. She has a freezer she keeps them in, and when one is needed, it's ready to be delivered.
As many of you know, my dad passed away in August. Since this time, we (my siblings and I) have needed to clean out his house and get it up for sale. Since I work from home, I have been the one to do most of this. I can more easily free up my schedule and head to southern California a lot easier than anybody else. Because of this, the RS in my ward stepped in and had a couple freezer meals brought to my home. I put them in the freezer for when they were most needed.
My husband has come with me several times to help at my dad's house - it's amazing how much faster things go with more than one person there. This last time we went to finish up the packing, I left somewhat quickly. I didn't have time to get all the groceries bought for my kids who would be home without me for a few days.
It was such a blessing to have those freezer meals. They had a lasagna all prepared for them to have as Sunday dinner. I didn't even think that these freezer meals would come in so handy, but what a wonderful thing it was to have them!
Service - you may not always know when you will have a chance to give it. You never know when you will be the one receiving it. Either way, it is a blessing that you will see right away, or look back on and realize.
Have you updated your information on your Ward's online directory? Have you added pictures of your family, too? If not, you may want to. If you're particular about who views your information (address, phone, email, picture, etc...) you can set the viewing setting to private. Or you can set it to just your ward, or to your whole stake. I like how my kids cell phone #'s can be on their own profile so leaders who need to contact them, can do so directly.
Did you know you can view other families in your ward's directory online? Did you know you can view pictures of your ward members online? Even view your stake members?
Simply log into your account at lds.org and then click on Directory in the drop down menu under your name.
Have you ever wondered who someone was who just got called to a position and you didn't recognize the name? This has helped me in new callings - I can see who I will be teaching and this helps me remember who they are. This is also just fun to see your ward friends. I love how this helps make your ward a little more personal to you.
This would be a fun mutual activity to help your YW update their information. They would need to have an account, or you can help those that don't already have one, get one. (Of course, they would need to be sure their parents are okay with that).
This is a fun activity to do with the Laurels/Priests. It's called Box Lunch Social. Have each girl bring a sack lunch, pizza, or whatever, for two. The boys earn "money" by answering trivia questions (they each can start with $50 in case they don't answer any questions). The leaders then auction off the baskets one at a time - not knowing who's box lunch is who's. Then the boy, and the girl who brought that box lunch, eat it together. You may have to pair up girls to bring items if there are more girls than boys, and visa versa. (Thanks for the idea, Stacie S.)
Need a fun activity - but one that the YW will use again when they have children? Make Marshmallow Guns! You can search the internet for several ways of how to make these. There really are no set measurements. You can simply use a plain 12-inch piece of PVC pipe if you wanted to make a real simple one. You will need 1/2 inch PVC pipe, though, no matter the design. This would also make a great activity for a group date. Whatever you plan with these, and with whomever - just be sure to have A LOT of mini marshmallows. I am talking at least 3-4 bags. They go quickly.
*I wonder if you could use other items besides marshmallows for indoor play - maybe cotton balls cut into fourths? Maybe tiny pom-poms? I don’t know, what do you think - have you used other items?*