I was called to be an Activity Day Girls leader a few months ago. It had been on my heart that I needed a calling, but I didn’t want to do Young Women – it terrifies me – and I had already been in Primary – didn’t think I would be going back there – so, without an idea of my own, I said nothing at all to my Bishop (what kind of crazy person ASKS for a calling anyway?). When I received the “Bishop needs to talk with you” message, I halfway knew what was coming. I didn’t expect to be called to Activity Day Girls though. Frankly, I had no clue what they even did.
But, not one to turn down a calling, I said yes – and then went home and turned to Google. I realized that I had to teach young girls Gospel principles but also include some sort of activity. Seemed daunting. Thank God for Pinterest and SugarDoodle!
My first activity was kept super simple. I wasn’t even sure WHAT to teach them about. I chose this activity day girls lesson on communication because it seemed easy enough for a first timer and I put together some ideas I had seen elsewhere.
First, we discussed everyday ways to communicate: body language, speaking, writing, listening, hand signals, etc.
Next, we discussed the importance of proper communication: I gave the girls a task to do*, but did not give them instructions to complete it. I watched as they tried to figure it out, obviously lacking which direction to go. This activity helped them see the importance of having instructions, guidance, and proper communication.
Then, we read about ways that Heavenly Father has given us to communicate with him. I used the talk Two Lines of Communication by Dallin H. Oaks to teach about the Personal and Priesthood lines of communication.
Then, we did another activity where the girls all lined up facing the same way, looking at each others backs. I taped a piece of paper to the back of each girl. Starting from the back of the line, I had the girl draw a simple shape. The girl in front of her was to then copy that shape on the girl in front of her. This activity helped them realize that people can interpret things differently. By listening directly to the Prophet we can avoid that mix up in communication.
Finally, since we had a little extra time we played the telephone game where we told the girls something and they had to whisper it to the next girl all the way down the line. The last girl says it out loud to see how it had changed. I added a twist and told them some wrong information “Girls can hold the priesthood” to see if they would change it along the way. As expected, they did, and it really helped show how communication changes.
This was a very simple activity day girls lesson. Preparation time was minimal, and cost was basically non-existent. I did purchase a snack for the girls, though that didn’t tie into the lesson.
*My task consisted of them tying a headscarf exactly how mine was tied. Other ideas would be to make a sandwich, draw a picture, build a lego model, etc.
Why do you see proper communication as being important?