Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Light Advent Calendar

My sisters showed me this craft. I'm not sure who originally came up with it, but it was really cool. You make the string with the green caps for the lights. Then the lights are made separately, and you just stick them in the caps. Then you can stuff activity ideas in each light to help count down to Christmas.
 The whole thing is made from yarn, felt, and thread.
Sorry I don't have the pattern here.

Scripture Reading Advent Calendar

25 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

December 1-25, 2012
We had to leave our Precious Moments Advent Calendar in Rexburg, so I made my own advent calendar this year. Every day the boys find a puzzle piece with an activity for the day written on the back. When the puzzle is done it will be a picture I drew on poster board of Christ that says "Merry Christmas." I thought I would add the scripture book I made to go along with it. It has pictures, songs, and even a few of the Bible videos from www.lds.org/bible-videos to go with the scriptures every day. 

Day 1 Isaiah Prophecies of Christ Birth
Isaiah 9:6 (2 Nephi 19:6)
Song: Handel's Messiah “For unto us a child is born”  
Activity: Buy Christmas Tree and Decorations
Day 2 600 Year Prophecy
1 Nephi 10:42 & Nephi 25:19
Song: Picture a Christmas p. 50
Activity: Christmas Devotional
Day 3 Virgin Mother of Jesus
1 Nephi 11:18 & Alma 7:10
Song: Mary's Lullaby p. 44
Video: Mary, the Mother of Jesus 
Activity: Decorate the Tree

 Day 4 Prophecy of Mary (Immanuel)
2 Nephi 17:14 (Isaiah 7:14)
Song: Angels We Have Heard on High p. 203
Activity: Cottonball Snowmen
Day 5 Signs
2 Nephi 26:3
Song: Oh, Come All Ye Faithful p. 202
Activity: Holiday Cartoons
Day 6 Samuel the Lamanite
Helaman 14:3-9, 12
Song: Samuel tells of the Baby Jesus p. 36
Activity: Decorating the House
Day 7 Gabriel tells Mary
Luke 1: 26-38
Song: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day p. 214
Video: An Angel Foretells Christ's Birth to Mary
Activity: Christmas Stories
Day 8 Mary visits Elisabeth
Luke 1: 39-45
Song: Away in a Manger p. 42
Video: Mary and Elisabeth Rejoice Together
Activity: Snowflakes
Day 9 Mary Praises God
Luke 1:46-56
Song: Hark the Herald Angels Sing p. 209
Activity: Hannukah Games (http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/hanukah.htm)

Day 10 Gabriel tells Joseph

Matthew 1:19-25
Song: The First Noel p. 213
Activity: Pin the Nose on Christmas (reindeer, or snowman, or tree, etc.)

Day 11 Tax
Luke 2:1-3
Song: When Joseph went to Bethlehem p. 38
Object: Money 
Activity: Christmas Songs

Day 12 Bethlehem
Luke 2:4-5
Song: O Little Town of Bethlehem p. 208
Video: Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem 
Activity: Holiday Cartoons
Day 13 Born in a Manger
Luke 2:6-7
Song: Away in a Manger p. 206
Activity: Make an Ornament (We're doing Melty Beads) 
Day 14 Sign of Christ Birth in the America's
3 Nephi 1:8-21
Song: Once Within a Lowly Stable p. 41 
Activity: Snowman (out of snow, or with confetti paper)

 Day 15 Seed of David
Romans 1:3 & Matthew 1:1-17
Song: Shepherds Carol p. 40
Activity: Make Christmas Cookies
Day 16 Angels tell the Shepherds
Luke 2:8-14
Song: Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains p. 212
Video: Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ 
Activity: Make Christmas Cookies
Day 17 Shepherds see Jesus
Luke 2: 15-20
Song: Stars were Gleaming p. 37
Activity: Caroling 
Day 18 Wise Men visit Herod
Matthew 2:1-8
Song: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear p. 207 
Activity: Paint Wood Ornaments

Day 19 Wise Men Bring Gifts
Matthew 2:9-12
Song: We three kings of Orient Are
Video: The Wise Men Seek Jesus 
Activity: Coloring Pages (picture below works well for that or http://dailycoloringpages.com/christmas-coloring-pages/christmas-nativity-scenes-coloring-pages/the-three-wise-men-christmas-coloring-pages/)
Day 20 Flight to Egypt
Matthew 2:13-15
Song: The Nativity Song p. 52 
Activity: Yule Log (we have a candle train we're using that only has 5 days)
Day 21 Herods' Baby Decree
Matthew 2:16-18
Song: Christmas Bells p. 54 
Activity: Christmas Songs
Day 22 Baby named Jesus
Luke 2: 21-22, 24
Song: 12 Days of Christmas
Activity: Holiday Cartoons 
Day 23 Simeon
Luke 2:27-34
Song: Have a Very Merry Christmas p. 51
Video: The Christ Child is Presented at the Temple 
Activity: Make Snowglobes (use a picture and a baby food jar)
Day 24 Anna
Luke 2:36-38
Song: Silent Night p. 204 
Activity: Make Family Picture Ornaments
Day 25 Plan of Salvation/Meridian of Time
Moses 6:57-62
Song: Joy to the World p. 201 
Activity: Presents and Songs

 Merry Christmas! May we always remember the reason for the season. Feel free to use this in your own families if you so desire. I love and miss you all! I know Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God and that He lives!

Mickey Mouse Party

My kids love Mickey Mouse, so I did a party for each of their birthdays. Here are the invitations, cupcake toppers I made, and games played.
I used the template below, cut out a half circle in red, and made 2 white dots for buttons. On the back side I used a smaller version of the template and wrote out the party information on white.

Invitation Template

For the Cupcake toppers I bought some stickers, put a toothpick in between the sticker and construction paper, and cut them out. Best if you have the stickers lined up at the edge, toothpick pointed out. Or it gets hard to cut out. 
 The result

My kids watch a lot of mickey mouse clubhouse. To make the party like the show we did a Toodles Adventure for the activity. I made a Toodles out of posterboard (as shown below). There are usually 3 tools and one myster mouskatool.  For one party the adventure took us around the playground to get to lunch. Here is what we did for 3 and 4 year olds: 
1. They needed a map to see how to get to the food, which they got from Toodles.
2. They had to dig a treasure out of the sandbox. To do that they needed a shovel from Toodles. The treasure was mickey mouse ears for each of them to wear.
3. Had to play Hop Scotch to get across the basketball court. They needed markers to throw, which they got from Toodles. I used ABC blocks and put mickey mouse stickers on them.
4. They had to run across the lawn together using team work. The myster mouskatool was a beach ball to kick to each other while running to the other side where the food was.

I did another adventure for a 2 and 3 year old party:
1. Had cups of bubbles to blow, and Toodles had the wands
2. Pin the nose on Mickey mouse, Toodles had the blindfolds made from Mickey Mouse fabric
3. Ran across the field with a balloon tied to their leg, Toodles had the string (this was kind of a bust, since most of the balloons popped on sticks and made the kids cry. Would have worked better in doors)
4. Learned the Goofy and Mickey Dance to the ending song on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Hot Dog Dance. Toodles had the music.