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Monthly Archives: June 2010
We learned about Leonardo Da Vinci during our second day of Art Camp. To say that he was just a painter would be a huge understatement. I think of Da Vinci as an incredible scientist who used painting as part of his study of life around him. Read more on Arizona Mama…
Here’s an easy and fun craft to do this week with the kids. Have everyone decorate a star as they wish. The stars can be strung together as a garland or hung individually. To make a garland, we taped one of the points of the star to make a loop. Then we threaded the yarn through the loop, wrapped the yarn around the point, and threaded it through the loop again to keep the star from sliding down the string.
Pack meeting consisted of several “hoopy” events. The gathering activity let the kids choose a station of ring toss or shooting baskets.
We moved to another room with cheering sections, one for the Wolves, Bears, Webelos and families. Most of my boys earned their music belt loop and one of my new boys earned his Bobcat. My favorite part was when they did their skit. It turned out so cute with their pig masks and pipe cleaner tails.
Then the gathering activity stations were converted into an obstacle coarse that went down one side of the gym and up the other side. The kids earned points for every station they completed successfully.
We had a very special “hoop” set up outside – they were spinning sugar in it for cotton candy!
Our Family Home Evening lesson was another lesson I “borrowed” from the Relief Society lesson. Actually, the RS instructor handed out extra copies of her materials just for that purpose! To start the lesson, everyone received a basic map of the US, similar to the one above. We were to draw a line of how we would travel from Arizona to New York City by foot. Several people talked about the shortest distance being a straight line while others considered routes to avoid the mountain ranges. Still others thought following major roadways might be helpful. One sister decided to only travel through the states she knew!
After our family chose their path, I passed around a transparency of the same map, except it also had some major obstacles like mountain ranges and wide rivers. We counted how many of these obstacles our path crossed and what path we would have chosen if we were aware of the obstacles locations. From here, we had a discussion about how the scriptures are our map; they warn us of obstacles and hazards. We also compared the words of the living prophets to current maps as opposed to maps 30 years old. Our living prophets know the specific obstacles we face today. This was a great hands on activity that helped us all visualize the importance of reading scriptures to understand where we are going and the best way to get there.
For our activity, we teamed up and played a simplified version of Scrabble. The kiddo in charge of the activity didn’t want to deal with double, triple and quadruple points.
The evening ended with homemade brownies and ice cream. I love this Hershey’s brownie recipe:
HERSHEY’S BEST BROWNIES
1 C butter
2 C sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla
¾ C cocoa
1 C flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. Salt
1 C chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 13” x 9” pan. Microwave butter for 2 minutes, or until its melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add cocoa, beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; beat well. Stir in nuts. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, until sides just pull away from pan.