New Year’s Resolution Game & Time Capsule With Kids

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Resolve for Some Fun

To make resolutions or not make resolutions. That is the question.

It’s the annual task of deciding if we want to resolve to make changes in our lives– have better health, manage finances better, send more Thank-You notes, etc. I made a resolution this year to not make a resolution. I am guilty of buying a planner, filling up the birthdays, anniversaries and other special dates and planning out the first two weeks– then forgetting to use it the other 50 weeks.

So, this year, have a little fun with your resolutions.

1. Gather with your family and friends and make a list of your resolutions on individual slips of paper.

2. Give each participant a piece of paper and read aloud the resolutions and have everyone write down who they think the resolution belongs to.

3. Reveal who the resolutions belong to and the person the most correct answer- WINS!

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Create A Time Capsule

You may find yourself holding a cell phone, or driving a car that can park itself, or video calling family or friends over your computer (or from the palm of your hand) and wonder– how did we get to this point? Remember life before such mobile and amazing technology? It wasn’t that long ago that we all had beepers/pagers as a means of getting a hold of each other. Now we have text messages, video texts and so on!

What will it be like in five, 10 or even 20 years from now?

Capture today by creating a time capsule.

Materials Needed:

Capsule: Use a large hot chocolate canister, or paint can (you can purchase empty ones from craft stores- don’t forget the lid)– or something similar- for your time capsule. Make sure that it can withstand elements if you decide to bury the capsule.

Decorations: You may want to decorate the outside of your capsule. You can use newspaper clippings, magazine photos, etc to decorate the outside. Don’t forget to include the year of your capsule and the date that it will be opened in the future.

Decide as a family the following things when creating your capsule:

What will your time capsule include? How many items can each person contribute? What date do you want to open your time capsule? Where will your time capsule be stored or buried? What photos will you put in? What items that represent this year can you include in the capsule (for example, someone’s old out-of-use cell phone to show changes in technology and so on)?

Include the following printable for each family member that you are including in the time capsule:

 

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FREE TIME CAPSULE PRINTABLE: (Click on link below for PDF file)

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Christmas Letter Stationary-FREE PRINTABLES!

Family Night or any night– gather your family together and print off some of the FREE CHRISTMAS STATIONARY printables and write letters to those that are alone, in the hospitals, nursing homes, widows, etc.

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Christmas Service Countdown Service

“Christmas Service Countdown Family Home Evening
Purpose: To reflect on serving one another in our families during the Christmas season. Often times we can focus on selfish thoughts during this gift-giving season. It’s important that we strive to keep the focus on being selfless as our Savior was as we celebrate His birth.
 

Lesson: 
     “Over the years, many people, especially youth, have asked me, “Elder Cuthbert, how can I become more spiritual?” My reply has always been the same: “You need to give more service.
       Service changes people. It refines, purifies, gives a finer perspective, and brings out the best in each one of us. It gets us looking outward instead of inward. It prompts us to consider others’ needs ahead of our own. Righteous service is the expression of true charity, such as the Savior showed.” – Elder Derek A. Cuthbert, Ensign May 1990

Here are a list of ways service helps us become more spiritual:

1.      Helps us see true value in material things vs. things of the eternal value
2.      Service establishes a righteous tradition. Start serving when you’re young and that will lead to more willingness to serve throughout your life in the community and church.
3.      Service helps us overcome selfishness and sin.
4.      Service helps us generate love and appreciation.
5.      Service is the principle in which we show gratitude to our Savior.
 
Discussion:
~ What ways have you been served? How did it make you feel?
~ What are some ways that you’ve served others?
~ How did it make you feel when you’ve served someone else?
~ Why should we focus on service during the Christmas season?
Activity Ideas: *This activity requires prep work*
Prep work for countdown chain: Count down the days from FHE night until Christmas Day. Cut out equal sized strips of red and green construction paper to make the countdown chain. 
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P    Pick one of the ways stated below to use each section of your chain. Remember that the service continues and includes Christmas Day.
W  1. With each section of the chain you can write an act of service to perform as a family.
2.      2. Each night at dinner you can take a piece of the chain off and describe what acts of service each family member did during that day. 
Treat:
5-Minute Chocolate Pie

Ingredients:1 Ready Graham Cracker Pie Crust 1 1/4 C. cold milk 2 pkg. (4- serving size) chocolate instant pie pudding mix 1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping (thawed) 1. Beat milk, pudding and half the whipped topping together in medium bowl with a wire whisk for one minute. The mixture will thicken. 2. Pour into ready-made crust. 3. Top with remaining whipped cream. You can eat it right away or chill until ready to eat!


FALL INTO SERVICE

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Purpose: November is a time where we reflect on our many blessings and being thankful for what we have all been given. This is a Family Home Evening lesson that is about serving others and showing gratitude for the role others have played in your life.

Hymn: “Prayer of Thanksgiving”

Scripture: Psalms 100:4-5

Discussion:

Why should we show gratitude for our blessings?

How has someone that has served you made you feel?

How does it feel to serve others?

Activities:

Print off the leaves that are included on the printable.

Color them & write on each leaf something that you’re grateful for about someone in your neighborhood, school, family, etc. You can “LEAF ATTACK” their home (door) with the leaves of gratitude. What a great service to leave someone to find all the reasons why they’re important to YOU!

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Strength to Endure

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Purpose: To put into our lives the teachings from General Conference. I was moved by this talk during the Oct. 2013 General Conference from Elder Maynes. There are so many amazing points and things to ponder that I wanted to create a lesson specifically around this talk. I designed it originally for my ward’s Young Women/Young Men combined activity. It was a great success and we had a nice open discussion about some of the items that they read and some of the experiences they had together while doing the obstacle course.

In addition to the course itself, I had a large hiking backpack loaded with bricks. This bag was HEAVY! On one of the obstacles, they were to wear the backpack that represented sin. They went through the obstacle wearing it once, then “repenting” by taking off the backpack and going through the obstacle again. They realized how much better and easier life is to go through when we repent and rid ourselves of the burden sin brings to us. Being clean helps us gain spiritual strength.

Talk: “Strength to Endure”- Elder Richard J. Maynes

Here’s What to Do for this lesson: (FREE PDF file for handouts below)

Find a local obstacle course and challenge yourself, family members, friends, mutual activity, single ward members, etc. to go through the obstacle course while at each station pondering on one of the points in the spiritual challenge.

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