E is for Earth

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir

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Invitation:

Recycled Materials Creation Station: For this invitation I cut up cardboard boxes into about 5×7-inch rectangles.  I put out toilet paper tubes that I had cut into about 1-inch circles, bottle caps, bits of fabric and paper leftover from other collage projects, cut up egg cartons, pieces of ribbon and pictures from magazines.  I also set out scissors and glue.  As the children arrived, I showed them our “creation station” and talked to them about creating a collage, however they wanted, out of all of these material.  Of course, since this is an invitation, whether they create a collage or not, is entirely up to the child. Continue reading

What Do We Know About Jesus Christ Because of Joseph Smith?

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1.  The plan of redemption has existed since before the foundation of the world.  Grace is not God’s backup plan.   Jesus Christ has been the planned redeemer since foundation of the world:  Moses 4:2
Mosiah 15:18-20

18 And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto his people;

19 For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you, were it not for this, all mankind must have perished.

20 But behold, the bands of death shall be broken, and the Son reigneth, and hath power over the dead; therefore, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead.

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E is For Easter and Egg

Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.           ~William BarclayIMG_5637

An Invitation to Create Felt Easter Eggs:

I first saw this idea on the website Best Ideas For Kids.  This is such a simple invitation to set up and the Littles loved it.  I made an egg shaped pattern and cut lots of egg shapes out of brightly colored felt.  Then I put out bowls of different things that the Littles could glue onto their eggs to decorate them–bits of ribbon and ricrac, small pompoms, pastel colored buttons, sequins and gemstones.  They loved it! Continue reading

Y is for Yarn

“It turns out that knitting isn’t about the yarn or the softness or needing a hat (although we really can’t argue with these secondary motivators). It’s really about this: Knitting is a magic trick. In this day and age, in a world where science and technology take more and more wonder and work out of our lives , and our planet is quickly becoming a place running out of magic, a knitter takes silly, useless string, mundane sticks, waves her hands around (many, many times…nobody said this was fast magic), and turns one thing into another: string into a hat, string into a sweater, string into a blanket for a baby. It really is a very reliable magic.” ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
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