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October 19, 2021

Another Building Block Dress

This is a bit of a throwback, to a dress I sewed in 2019.  The occasion was a wedding! 

 All these sweet little cousins were asked to wear a Navy blue dress to their Aunt's wedding.  I bought two maxi dresses for the big sisters, but needed something for baby.  

Really I wanted a maxi dress for baby...but no one makes maxi dresses for babies.  They're completely unpractical, they can't crawl, walk, or move much with a dress tripping them up on the ground.

But, of course, I can always make one, I thought. 

I pulled out my trusty Building Block Dress Book and got planning. I turned the back buttons to the front, wanting to feature these cute "diamond" buttons ( I cut out of an old cardigan). I picked a simple sleeve, added a ribbon, and lots of length to make it floor length...yep, even on a baby.

I choose a really thick knit fabric with had a really nice drape to it.  The result was perfect (albeit a little long, per design).  She matched her sisters and family perfectly. 

Fast-forward two years later, she's still wearing this dress.  Still a perfect fit!  

I often add a lot of length to whatever I'm sewing for the kids, wanting them to last a bit longer -- but who would have guessed this dress would still fit perfectly having gone from a baby to a "big kid".  

She's gotten a lot sillier over the years, but still my little sweetie!


October 10, 2021

Primary Program Reward Chart Display - Ice Cream Party!

We are down to a few weeks left until our Primary Program (yay!).  We've have a bit of a rough start, but the kids have been amazing and through it all, they have been cheerful and happy to sing.

As time drew nearer I was excited to make up this little reward chart to keep us motivated to make sure we've learned all our songs.  Here's how to make your own. 

Materials Needed
Thick poster board (Dollar store)
print off ice cream pages (free-- found here)

Step one: Print off ice cream pages and write your song names. 
 If you want, run each page through the laminator and cut each ice cream out.

Step two: Mark on your poster board, how to make your chart.  
Depending on how many songs you have.  We have 11. 
So I planned for six on the front and five on the back.

Step Three:  Write out the words, "Let's Being" on the bottom strip.  "Almost there" on the second strip.  "Good to go" on the top strip.

If you want color each strip.  I enlisted my eight year old for help.

Step four: Write out at the top, "I sing.  U sing. We all sing for ice cream!" on the front using just markers.

Add an ice cream on top to be cute.

Step five: Add your ice cream songs.  That's it!

Learn those songs!

In November we'll be stepping outside to enjoy some simple drumstick ice cream cones.  Considering the safety precautions we need to make, this seemed like a great option.


September 1, 2021

How to make a Bubbles Singing helper for Primary singing time

I made this last week to help in singing time.  I received lots of questions on facebook, about how I made it and how to used it, so I decided to write it all down in this post here.

First, HOW to make Bubbles.

Supplies needed:
- a box ( I used a leftover dish box)
- a balloon (pink)
- paint supplies

I googled a picture of "girl blowing bubble gum" and liked this image.

Then, I did a quick sketch on my box.

After the sketch, I painted it with simple acyclic craft paints.

Afterwards I needed a hole.  It looks a little crazy, but the easiest way to do this was to grab a steak knife and just go around to make a small hole.

Yeah, all done!  Next, you add a balloon to her mouth.

From the back.

Attach balloon pump:

That's it!

I also made little "popped gum pieces" out of leftover paint on bright pink paper.  After the paint had dried, I ran my two pages through the laminator and then cut them out.

I used them on my Chart Tablet, which I talked about in yesterday's post. 

Here's How to use Bubbles in Singing Time.

First I explained that we had a new primary child.  I brought her out. I said, "This is Bubbles, but she doesn't like to sing our songs.  She's a little naughty, she only likes to eat bubble gum." 

Then I explained how maybe she can help us:  When her bubble grow large, we can sing loudly!  When her bubble shrink down, we can sing softer.  I only used her for songs we had already been singing for a few weeks.  I think she's best for review.

Then I took her air out quickly and exclaimed, "Oh, NO! Bubbles' gum popped all over our song."  At this point you or your children can come up and put the "popped gum pieces" to cover up words in our song on the chart.

Worked like a charm. Can't wait to have her back at Primary.

August 31, 2021

How to teach Primary Songs using a Chart Tablet

I was so excited a few months ago when I was called to serve in Primary, to be the new Primary Chorister.  I've served a few times in Primary and it's always a happy place.  I love the simple truths and messages of love and understanding primary songs bring.

After my call, I spent hours pouring over the handbook and different websites trying to decide how I could best teach the songs to the children.  Then it was time to begin.  But instead of being in the Primary room, as one might think, we began with all of the children (around 60) in the chapel, spaced out in pews.

I was worried that printed paper would be too small as I tried to teach songs and I didn't really want to roll the massive chalkboard into the chapel every Sunday.  Quickly, I remembered my days as an elementary teacher and how I loved teaching poems on large papers for the students to see.  

After some research I found Chart Tablets on Amazon. This was back in March and they were not on sale.  So I kept searching and found them on School Smart for a much better price and bought three.

When I was a teacher I had a large metal stand that I would hang my poems on.  That is not an option here, so I pulled out my old, large art clipboard and clipped it on for support.  At church I quickly grab an easel that looks like this and it makes everything easy to transport around. 

Mostly I try to stick with simple pictures that give the idea of what the words are.  This is helpful for junior primary who can't read and for senior primary, who are working on memorizing the words. I usually draw out a sketch on a piece of paper of how I want the page organized, then write and draw it out as large as I can on my chart tablet.  My daughters usually help me color each page.

Here are some examples of what I've made. 

"When He comes again" - left
"I Want to be a Missionary Now"- right


"I'm trying to be like Jesus"- left

"Me Encanta Ver el Temple" - right

Every week I bring my large tablet to and from church.  I love having all the songs saved in one place, as we sing I can easily flip back to what page we need.  It has worked out great!