· Do you love to build? Help discuss how trials can be a blessing with a little Lego Build Challenge. Some of the cards have something to build while others are ways to destroy your creation and they all have limitations on them. What I love about Legos is they are meant to be taken apart and rebuilt. How did having these limitations frustrate you? How did they end up being a blessing? (Hopefully, they got you to think about your creation in a new way and to build something that you haven’t before)
· Listen to the song, “Blessings.” It’s the song that talks about how the storms in life might be mercies in disguise. There are a lot of different artists that sing it but here’s Laura Story on YouTube- the lyrics are included in video’s info. Then disguise the words and phrases that stuck out to you and how it goes with these verses.
· Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a talk back in 2014 titled, “Living the Gospel Joyful” where he mentioned how the rain drops are blessings but we block them with our umbrella of doubt, etc. Print raindrops and write down some of the blessings you have or would like to receive. Ask your child to hold the umbrella up like you would normally and dump the rain drops on top of the umbrella. What happened? Did she get any raindrops/blessings? Then ask the person to turn the umbrella upside down and drop the raindrops again. What can we learn from this exercise?
· Think about the hard things you have gone through life. What did you learn from those things? Are there people around you going through something similar? How might you be able to offer them comfort and hope?
· You could always tie in the famous song from “Frozen” called, “Let It Go.” Bring in some helium balloons and write on each one some ways your group have become offended (sharpies work fine but may still smear so be careful!). Then discuss ways, we can unburden ourselves of these things and let the balloon go. You may even want to discuss how we sometimes begin to let go but then quickly grasp it back down. How can we completely let go? Keep in mind, you will need to bring the balloons back down so make the ribbons on them nice and long so it’s easy to clean up. If you don’t want to hassle with helium balloons, use my free printable ones on the board instead. You can still add real ribbon for fun.
· Keep the balloon theme going with some steps of forgiveness balloon posters. If you want to be extra fun, bring in helium balloons with the steps written on them and let them float to the ceiling as you practice and go through each step. OR if you think your group can handle it, they can blow a balloon up and let it go as they give an example of going through each step.
· How about a paper plane object lesson on forgiveness? Read all the details on Jedi Craft Girl.
· I love the free forgiveness handout at Hang a Ribbon on the Moon. It outlines the process of forgiveness, realizing that sometimes it’s not so easy. Grab some bandaids and print yours.
· Make a giant spiderweb! Grab some yarn and design your own web between chairs, your stairs, whatever you can weave yarn though. Then grab some of those plastic spider rings from the Halloween section of your store to place on your web. You can put scenarios strips with the rings (for young kids try the ones in Primary 2 Lesson 34) or ask people to share a time when they were tempted to be dishonest or afraid to be honest but chose the right as they remove the spiders from the web. You can use one of those cheap stretchy spider webs they have at Halloween time instead.
· Make the spider web an obstacle to get through instead. The web represents the original lie you told plus all the other lies you ended up telling because you were dishonest in the first place. In order to be free from the web, you have to get through it to the other side without making any of the spider rings fall off. You can add a level of difficulty by making it a silent game too. Discuss the importance of honesty, the many blessings from it, and what to do when we make the mistake of being dishonest.
· If you want more honesty object lessons, try one with water from The Corner on Character or one with ice cream from Over the Big Moon.
· Send the message of honesty home with my free printable web handout. You can attach a spider ring in the web if you cut two slits for the ring to hang on to. The handout says, “Don’t get caught in a web of lies.”
· Demonstrate how you can do things without sight. Get a rope or piece of yarn and tie it into a large circle (you want it long enough that everyone in your class or family can hold on to it at the same time). Place the rope on the floor. Tell the group to gather around the circle on the floor then everyone has to close their eyes or be blindfolded for the rest of the activity. Ask them to build a square shape with the rope in front of them. After they build the shape, they can look for a minute or can take a photo of it and wait to show them all the photos at the end. Other shapes you can build: rectangle, triangle, a W, and a Z. Discuss how they were able to build the shapes, what other senses did they use, etc. How can walking by faith instead of sight benefit us?
· Ask for a volunteer to demonstrate different types of walks. Let everyone call out different types of silly walks such as walk like a penguin, an Egyptian, backwards, etc. End the charade with walking by faith not by sight. Then ask the person why they choose to walk that way. What did the rest of the group notice? What does walking by faith look like to you? How do we walk by faith daily? · Print out my worksheet and show how some animals go through transformations by finishing the drawings. Then show how you have and might continue to change and transform because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
· Act out your transformations instead. Roll up a volunteer in a blanket like a burrito. Then let them unroll themselves and show how they are something different. You could even hide some butterfly wings for them to slip on as they get wrapped up in the blanket.
· If you have little ones, you can color this simple I’m Sorry page for these scriptures or the forgiveness scriptures too.
· Watch The Lost Purse video mentioned above then make your own purses and wallets. What would you want someone to find inside your purse or wallet? You can cut out pictures from Church magazines to draw your own.
· Make a pop up picture. You can draw or print out a picture of the earth then make a shape to pop out of that picture. You can use a butterfly to continue on the theme of transformations or make it a picture of you. You can find a butterfly template and instructions to make it pop up on Easy Peasy and Fun. How can we enjoy the world without being in the world?
· Play a game of Simon Says where everyone copies your actions or they are out of the game. Do some actions that represent good qualities like reading your scriptures then do some that represent not so great actions like picking your nose or pretending to punch an invisible person. Being in the world is playing along but not being of the world is when you decide not to copy the action because it wasn’t a good example