Ideas for LDS Activity Day Girl Leaders
Every year for the past 5 years I’ve had an Article of Faith Carnival for my Activity Day Girls. It was started as a way to encourage the girls to learn their articles of faith and it succeeded.
The foundation of our carnival is games that we encourage the girls to repeat the articles of faith as many times as they need to until they are comfortable with them and also to reward and praise them for any efforts. Believe it or not it is fun!
Some games that we have played were:
name that tune
The girls LOVE this game. It’s great for the very end of any activity when you have a few minutes to keep them busy. The girls should already be familiar or exposed to the Article of Faith Songs available on LDS.org. (Search by keyword: First, Second, Thirteenth, etc.). Playing the music on a DVD player, Ipod, Ipad or any music player. Two girls stand opposite each other with a bell or buzzer on the table in front of them. (I bought my bells at an office supply store years ago. Don’t recall which one.) Girls place on hand on t he table, the other behind their back. When music starts the first to identify which article of Faith is playing wins. They can identify by number or recite the whole Article of Faith. ( I also like to mess with them a bit by playing the songs for the New Testament, Old Testament and Book of Mormon).
create some kind of a curtain. Make a ‘fishing pole’ from a piece of doweling and some string. I have attached/tied a clip to mine. The girl tosses her fishing ‘line’ over the curtain. On the other side a leader selects a card with an Article of Faith number or key word on it. The girls pulls it back over and recites as much of the Article of Faith as she can. Note: I do allow the girls to bring their books and read them for help if needed. We have found it is helpful. This is why the girls get ‘punches’ out of their lanyard cards for every try but a stamp on the back for perfect recitations (without book). This process has allowed the girls who are more advanced to challenge themselves and allows the younger girls to still compete without feeling completely overwhelmed.
Easy, Fun…. We do the matching game all the time. Match keyword and number of Article of Faith. Any girl who gets a match get’s an additional turn. Play as teams if you have lots of younger or girls who are struggling. Play as individuals if you have older, more confident girls.
I bought a ‘previously loved’ Bingo cage. I painted some wooden beads that are the same size as the balls (you could just spray paint the balls too but mine didn’t come with any) and write one number of the Articles of Faith on each ball. (I like to make extra’s of the lower numbers). The girls each get a turn rolling the Bingo cage. When a ball comes out they read the number off it and recite it. Optional: use bingo cards to track their passed off numbers. We use skittles to mark off ours. The girls love eating the skittles at the end of a round.
This is arranged like a Cake Walk. We tape a large rectangle on the floor and divide that rectangle into different sections. Each with a number on it. The girls roll the dice (these are big dice made of styrofoam but I’ve also seen cute dice @ the dollar tree and @ Orientaltrading.com. The girl rolls the dice and walks the amount on the dice. (We usually just use one die.) She then recites the Article of Faith associated with that number. Alternate: Can be made harder by having the girl recite the Article of Faith before moving to the new spot. Harder: don’t use any books or prompts. Easy: use the books.
wheel of faith
One of my co-leaders created this. It stands about 5 feet tall. She made it all herself out of stuff in her hubby’s workshop. I am in awe. I found a wonderful tutorial for a table top version of a spinner wheel @ Doodlecraft.blogspot.com. This game is simple. Spin the wheel. Recite the Article of Faith that the girl lands on. Optional: have them recite the keyword (or a keyword). This spinner has an ‘extra’ spot. The girls who land on that spot get a treat, or you could tell them that they get to pick which Article of Faith to recite.
As they play games they received stamps on lanyards for every Article of Faith that was accurately (100%) recited. Each time they recited, recognized, learned part of….etc…we praise for EVERYTHING….and they got a punch on their card. Punches around the outside of the lanyard, stamps on the back. Last year 6 of the girls recited all 13 correctly. 33 Articles of F were passed off!!! FYI: That’s a lot!
Our theme is Bee’s so all of our decorations, invitations and even the chocolate trophy’s for their gift bags are in a bee theme. Just for reference. I used a lot of Lettering Delight’s graphics for all of our invitations, posters, etc. I love lettering delights. They’re a fantastic company specializing in fun, digital artwork.