Great Ice Breaker for a Christmas Party
Use this list for guessing games such as printing these items on labels that you put on people’s backs as they enter a party. They have to ask yes/no questions to others to guess what is on their label. A great ice breaker.
A fun way to get your students involved
My class plays “Steal Your Heart Away” – corny, but fun.
Another Heart idea for Valentine’s Day is to bake heart shaped sugar cookies. The students will love it because it is food with a meaning!
I did a different type of scripture chase this morning that went along with Valentine’s Day and was kind of fun.
I got the idea for a Valentine’s day activity from a student devotional earlier this week. He first read Section 137:7-10 where the phrase “desires of their hearts” caught my attention, that that is how we will be judged.
A great way to incorporate Valentines into your Seminary lessons
Every February, I put a different quote each day on the chalkboard that has a “heart” in it. For all the emphasis of “giving” our “hearts” away during this month, it occurred to me that it was particularly applicable.
The students right down on paper some “heart attacks” (or random acts of kindness). We put them in a big Valentine Heart Box. Draw one out every day to do.
This is a fun scripture mastery game that we like to do the week of Valentine’s Day.
A great article by Elder M. Russell Ballard
A fun holiday game your students will love
We played a game today for Valentine’s day — you may be able to use this on Friday for “game day” if you have it.
A fun Valentine's Matching Game
Fun Valentine's Day activities
The November 1998 "Friend" magazine has a wonderful Sharing Time discussion and activity, along with a visual aid, on the subject of gratitude.
I use this every year for Thanksgiving. You could make a cute skit or use with any lesson.
If you don’t mind competition in your classroom, then read on. This was given to me by my CES Supervisor a few years back and it seems to be fun.
On the last day of class before the holidays, I am going to have a gratitude breakfast.
Sit around a “campfire” and have a Thankful camping experience with your class.
It used to be a tradition in our building to hold Turkey Bowl scripture mastery competition between the 4 classes. The game we used has nothing to do with Thanksgiving so it can be used any time of the year, whenever you’d like to have all the kids get together.
A fun way to review with your students
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful–and occasionally overlooked — time of year! Perhaps you might enjoy the gratitude idea that I will be using with my class during the weeks preceding Thanksgiving.
Lesson ideas about expressing gratitude
Have your students give thanks as they sit around a "fire".
Please enjoy these fun Thanksgiving coloring pages and puzzle designed by Daryl Colson.
Many exciting ideas to celebrate Halloween with your class
Fun games for a Halloween Scripture Mastery Party
For Halloween, we played a fun game.
Here’s my classes favorite trick or treat Scripture Chase we do every year that they just love that I thought I’d share (it’s evolved and not my original idea).
Your students will enjoy this fun Halloween activity.
This is a cute devotional for the Halloween season. Make an analogy between cleaning out a pumpkin and putting a light in it to cleansing out our “inner man” before the light of Christ can shine from us.
A fun Halloween Scripture Mastery activity
This activity requires some kind of a fake pumpkin, something that can be thrown without risk of harm to the building or the students. At times you can find cloth bean bags or foam pumpkins.
This is a variation of the Scripture Mastery Basketball game.
This is a simple activity that could be done in the classroom.
A fun Halloween Scripture Mastery to be done in the dark. We did ours outside, and so I encouraged the students to bring a flashlight.
Have your students carve a scripture mastery into their construction paper pumpkins.
Here is a set of cute epitaphs on tombstones to go with scripture mastery.
Tombstone inscriptions for each of the 25 BM scripture mastery verses.
Do an Easter Egg Hunt with your scripture mastery verses.
For Easter, our class is going to discuss some of the symbols associated with Christ’s life, holy places, the Atonement, & the Resurrection.
This makes a fun devotional or FHE for the Easter Season, and may become a tradition for your family as it has ours.
A wonderful Easter video
A Easter poem that includes Jelly Beans. What could be better?
In the New Era, April 1994, I found a “puzzlement” called “Jesus’ Last Days“, which I plan to use as a review of the Crucifixion and Resurrection during the week before Easter.
An intriguing variation on Easter egg hunts
Easter lesson ideas
Teach faith and cooperation with an Easter egg hunt.
This is an advent calendar counting down the days to the Lord’s Second Coming.
Three lesson ideas to use at Christmas time
Here are some additional clues for the Stocking Unstuffer SM Game above. These should work just great. Of course you can always use these hymn clues in another game.
I have done this for three years and the students love hearing about themselves. The last day of the seminary, I did baby Jesus and also Mary, the mother of Jesus. I even put my own picture up–taken several centuries ago, of course.
For an inexpensive gift we gave our students Hershey Bars, along with this poem.
A low-cost gift idea for your student
Using zones to control seating and talking problems.
During the Christmas break, we choose one day and hold a winter seminary event for 5 hours.
A Reader’s Theater about Christmas in the Americas
For Christmas, we made a Scripture Mastery Advent Calendar. Under each flap was a word associated with Christmas (star, tree, present, manger, red/green, etc.)
Lesson ideas for teaching around Christmas
I have written a Christmas poem that goes nicely with a candy cane to give each student……inexpensive and gets the point across. You are welcome to use it or make changes that suit you.
A wonderful website about Christmas
Here is a great talk related to Christmas Gifts that you might consider working into a Christmas lesson.
For any of you contemplating a “12 Days of Christmas” activity — I had heard some time ago that the song was symbolic for Christians, and found an explanation online.
A great place to order LDS Christmas Ornaments
A talk by H. David Burton
A Readers Theater on the Mission of Christ
A Stocking SM activity and other fun holiday ideas
“Everything about Christmas is related to Christ." Santa wears the colors of Christmas, Red for the redeeming blood, white for purity. He even has a pure white beard like pictures of Christ and Heavenly Father in heaven. Without typing the whole thing, here are the “Old meanings” in summary form.
I wanted to have some special devotionals in the month of December. I revised the points to ponder while partaking of the sacrament from Elder Holland. I made an advent calendar with a piece of matte board and a picture of Christ in the center.
Have a small artificial tree that the students decorate with items that remind them of the Savior.
Gift ideas for your students
I did an advent calendar with 24 doors on it. Now, I know that this is not a complete list of events of the second coming but this is what I have picked out (with the help of a Know Your Religion talk). If you have different signs, use them in your calendar.
The symbolism of the 12 Days of Christmas
A fun variation on "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
Use this list for guessing games such as printing these items on labels that you put on people’s backs as they enter a party. They have to ask yes/no questions to others to guess what is on their label. It's a great ice breaker.
Last year I made a Christmas ornament for everyone with all the Old Testament scripture mastery verses on it.
We’ve chosen to make these candles for our class. We’ve attached a tag that has the SM Matt 5:14-16 (the light of the world).
A SM variation of the game Memory
A fun way to celebrate Christmas Morning with SM
Many ideas of how to teach about Jewish traditions at the time of Christ
This beautiful painting of Samuel the Lamanite, along with a quote from Helaman 14 would make a lovely Christmas gift for Book of Mormon Seminary year.
I love doing a Secret Santa gifting in my class! The kids pick names out of a bowl and then have to make/put together a gift SPECIFIC to their person’s interests.
A relay race that puts your Nativity knowledge to the test.
We’re going to chase for SM and when you get it, you’ll call out the number in the order in which you found it.