LDS activity days are designated events that take place once a month in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in which adults host activities for girls between the ages of 8 and 11. These activities may include lessons in art, faith or history, instructional craft times or acts of service for the needy.
Gospel Growth Crafts
Provide each girl with an empty egg carton and enough soil to fill each hole in the container. Have her plant seeds throughout the carton and water them over a period of a few weeks. On the following activity day, show the children how to transplant the newly grown plants into large pots. Explain to them the gospel is like a seed that if properly cultivated quietly grows in each of them until it manifests in a good and loving character. Read to them from the Book of Alma about how Alma said the knowledge of the gospel grows within us into a good testimony.
Teach the girls how to prepare different kinds of food, from desserts to salads, with an emphasis on carefully following directions and understanding the nutritional values of food eaten as well as potential health risks. Lead them in baking cupcakes and host a decorating competition, or make different kinds of jams by mashing berries together and adding pectin and sugar. Gather some of the food in a container and accompany the girls as they deliver it to the branch president, another senior leader or a needy member of the parish.
Teach a lesson on budgeting finances. Provide paper money and a checklist of items ranging from movies and gasoline to cars and houses. List a price alongside each item. Have the girls go down the list marking off all the items they would like to buy. For each item they purchase, they must provide the corresponding amount of fake money to an adult volunteer. Show them how to keep a mathematical tally of all their purchases to avoid going broke or over budget. Set up a tithing jar and remind them they have the option of giving 10 percent of their income to the church. Give each girl three mason jars -- one for savings, one for spending and one for tithing -- and have her decorate it using patterned duct tape. Finish the lesson by playing a game such as "Life” or “Monopoly.”
Offer a simple overview of the history of visual art in the Western world, emphasizing the role artists of the Christian faith played in fostering artistic tradition. Discuss a few important movements such as impressionism, cubism and surrealism, and some of the most significant artists associated with each movement. Plan an activity to accompany the discussion of each movement; for example, use colors to convey feeling in abstract art, or paint a scene using cotton swabs and watercolors for pointillism.
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