Activity Day Girls Lesson Idea – Communication

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!

LDS Activity Day Girls Lesson Idea by LifeAsAConvert

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.

Communication:

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?

34 thoughts on “Activity Day Girls Lesson Idea – Communication

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I think it’s way too easy to misunderstand things that aren’t communicated well. I try to make my intentions very clear.

  2. Lesley

    Effective communication is very important, a lot of the time the “TONE” we use can really be the game changer in any conversation.

  3. Alli

    I loved the telephone game when I was a kid! What a great lesson on communication! It’s vital that kids learn to communicate properly at an early age. Not knowing how to communicate with others affects all areas of life.

  4. Dana

    Proper communication is important especially in this day and age, where it feels like people are more and more misinformed and receive so many mixed signals from the media, the teachers, parents, friends, ect. Teaching your kids to listen and to communicate their message is very important because as a result they will learn to identify situations in which they arent getting all the information needed to make the better choice. This will ultimately help them become smarter consumers, critical thinkers, ect.

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      Your comment reminded me of something.. These days we are sometimes taught that people say things they don’t really mean or say the opposite of what they mean. Example would be a boy flirting with a girl but saying she is gross. Or a girl saying “No” to something because she is trying to flirt. I think being clear in these situations is important too, otherwise it sets people up for misreading communication later in life. (A girl telling a guy she is not interested, but he takes it to mean she is playing hard to get)

  5. Jennifer Williams

    I try to teach my oldest son proper communication. His biggest thing is rolling his eyes and claiming not to.

  6. maria

    This would be perfect for our Girl Scout Troop! communication is so important especially with younger girls.

  7. Melanie

    It’s so easy to misunderstand people, communication is the key to any relationship . Sometimes by tone alone someone can take something wrong

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      True. Part of communication is making sure that you are understood. Ever heard of resting bitch face? Where you look angry all the time? I have resting bitch voice. I always sound angry, even when I am joking.

  8. becca

    Late of good communication leads to lots of unnecessary fights and anger. Plus if you don’t communicate clearly you end up doing things you never intended to do.

  9. Theresa

    Good communication is important. People aren’t mind readers, so you need to make your thoughts specific and clear to avoid hurt feeling and anger later.

  10. Mommy2jam

    I often struggle with this. Sometimes I am not that clear and I have to be reminded to be clear with my communication style. Thanks for sharing such a great reminder.

  11. Liz Mays

    I remember playing that telephone game and the results usually are way off the original message. What a great example to use in your lesson.

  12. Ashley Gill

    I have always said Communication is the Key to most happiness in life. It is so important that we teach our young to communicate properly because it’s so easy to get the wrong point across.

  13. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I love the idea of teaching our children about good communication. Too often that is a lesson that gets forgotten, and it is so important.

  14. Pam

    I think that there are quite a few problems and misunderstanding that occur with children because they are not able to communicate their needs well. This is a great lesson. The biggest thing to learn about communicating is …listening.

  15. Pam

    What a great program! And its great that they can learn good communication skills so young, because I know so many people that even as adults cannot communicate effectively!

  16. Babita

    Communications is very important. I look at it as a very important skill set. I remember one of my teachers doing an exercise similar to this when I was in the 8th grade

  17. Krystal

    Life is all about communication. Whether it’s asking for a raise or just making sure you’re on the same page as your loved one. Communication is the backbone of our lives.

  18. Dina

    communication with your kids is just as important as with your spouse. You must learn to talk each others language so that the family gets along.

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