Friday, March 14, 2014

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Great news!

Chicken Scratch n Sniff is moving from blogger to its own name: www.cknscratch.com  It will be a little longer before everything transfers over but you can check it out now to see what you think (and let me know!).  I'm working on making things easier to find so you can get more out of it.  You will find that some of the newer lessons will be on our new site while others will still be here.  Please be patient during the process.  Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2014 Young Women's Theme and Printable

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Joseph Fielding Smith Introduction and History

Who is ready to start learning about Joseph Fielding Smith?  Just a favor first though.  If you have things that you would like to continue to see or something new, please leave me comment- I'd love to continue to improve and make this the best resource for you possible.  I'm working on a few new things already but I'd love some feedback.  Thanks!
Now on to the History of Joseph Fielding Smith

The Life and Ministry of Joseph Fielding Smith- from the manual (the page before has the major dates outlined).
Joseph Fielding Smith- this is an additional resource the LDS website has on the prophet.  It includes pictures of the prophet throughout his life, famous quotes, other resources to turn to if you want to read more about him, etc.
Joseph Fielding Smith, Tenth President of the Church- This will be somewhat similar to what is in the manual but also a little different.  It also lists a few of the 25 books that President Smith wrote.
Conference Talks- Here is a link to some of the conference talks he gave that the church has available.
Prophet Videos- A video that talks about President Smith's focus on Family Home Evening.  He was the prophet that made it on Monday nights. Its only a minute and half long.


Hope that helps!  Again, please comment with some feedback and hopes of what you want to see for this next year!  Thanks!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey Teacher Gift

I ended up using ours as centerpieces for a feast before giving them to the teachers.
I absolutely love the school my children attend. If you ask me about it,  I'll go on and on. It is such a great school. I am so thankful we got in as its a charter school with a wait list. I am constantly trying to give back since its a school I believe in. This year, as room mom, I wanted to show one of my daughter's teacher and tutor how grateful we are for them. I sent two colorful paper feathers home with each child asking the parents to help them write something that they are thankful for about their teacher and tutor (along with the child's name). I told them to decorate it any way they wanted and gave a date I needed them back. We have folders sent home everyday so they could just send an envelope with my daughter's name on it and it would get to me. You could leave a box in the room for the envelopes instead if needed.  I sent a reminder email the day before they were due to ensure that I would get all of them back. I made a point to keep track of whose I had received so as not to leave anyone out.  I then taped each feather to a toothpick and poked them into the end of a butternut squash. 

(Before I slid the feathers down on the toothpicks)
You may have to slide the feather down the toothpick a little so nothing will show once you get it in. Next I cut out a turkey head and taped that to a toothpick and poked it into the opposite end. Voila!  A Thankful Squash Turkey. You could have lots of fun using different types of squash- how great would a turban squash be!  I presented these turkeys to the teachers with the kids saying "Thank You." They loved it and I loved that it was a little different, showed our appreciation,  and they could totally use the squash! This would work great for a neighbor, someone at church, or a friend too.
Finished!

Gobble, gobble.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving- being with family, eating all that delicious food, and most importantly, counting all my amazing blessings!  This year, we went down to my Mom's a little early since our schedules made it so we couldn't celebrate on the actual day.  All the snow in the area tried to keep us away but we made it there and back safely (thankfully!).  We had a great time too!  All that snow made for lots of fun!  My Mom lives up in the mountains so its more snow than we are used to which is lots and lots of fun!  My Mom and I cooked all morning while the kids played in the snow and worked up an appetite.

Check out this puff ball!  
My 4 year old shoveled the snow off the porch.  He was such a great worker!
My Mom is great at making things beautiful so I thought I'd share with you her Thanksgiving table and our fabulous food!

Here's the table at a glance.  We originally had some greenery down the middle with the pumpkins and apples but were worried about them getting all dirty with the kids and all that food!  It was really pretty but sometimes we do need to be practical.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Freeze Left Out Toys

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that gets a little of tired of toys left out.  Well, I was also tired of the punishments that followed since obviously it works so well.  So when I saw them out again, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to freeze them.  Since its Super Hero month at our house, it would give them a change to rescue their toys plus get them off my floor.  Here's why I liked it so much:

1. They did notice they were missing in the morning but couldn't find them.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 29: Jesus Christ Was Resurrected

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 29: Jesus Christ Was Resurrected

Savior and Redeemer- A good coloring page.  They even suggest putting it on a transparency, color then attach it to a piece of construction paper which would probably be lost on nursery but it was FHE (or Easter) it would be fun.
Coloring Page- A picture of Mary at the empty tomb to color.
Easter Activities- Fun idea for an Easter bouquet and snack time.
Where in the World- Scroll to the bottom and find a good handout to use with your lesson- you can talk about the Resurrection while pointing to the pictures.  Or cut the pictures out and glue them on something (my favorite) like a sheep cut out.
You are Eternal- Make a puppet with this template to explain the resurrection. Its fun to color.
Our Savior and Redeemer- Color and make them into flannel board pictures for your lesson, use as a coloring page, make them into puppets, etc.
Coloring Page- Mary see Jesus by the tomb
Easter Footsteps- Use this map to show where Jesus was the last week of His life and where He was resurrected.
Spring Jelly Bean Mosaic- For the daring... make a butterfly out of candy with this template.
My Story of Jesus- A booklet to color and put together.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 28: Heavenly Father Blesses Me through the Priesthood

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 28: Heavenly Father Blesses Me through the Priesthood

Not a ton, unfortunately, but some good things.

Priesthood Blessings- A good coloring page
The Priesthood is Restored- Make a diorama of the restoration of the priesthood for your lesson or turn the figures into puppets.
Aaronic Priesthood Activity- Have the kids dress the boy up for Priesthood duties.  Older kids can do the activity otherwise its like a puzzle.
The Power and Authority of God- A puzzle to do (great for older kids as well).  You could put a picture underneath the puzzle pieces.
Article of Faith 5- Goes with Priesthood, this has pictures to be put in the right order- could use in a lesson.  Could also learn the song that goes with Article of Faith 5.
The Power to Baptize and Confirm- A good coloring page of the Priesthood in ancient times.
The Miraculous Story of Elijah- Cut and paste and color as you tell the story of Elijah and his role.



For Older Kids:

The Priesthood- A crossword puzzle
Priesthood Hidden Scripture- A word puzzle to do.
Priesthood Word Square- Word search
Prayers and Ordinances- Decode the puzzle

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 27: The Sacrament Helps Me Think about Jesus Christ

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 27: The Sacrament Helps Me Think about Jesus Christ

This is another one that is great for all ages so I'll try to divide things up again in two categories but you may want to look at both if you are looking for older kids as some can be adapted or still fun for older ones.

Nursery Age

The Nephites Learn of the Sacrament- You can tell this story and color the picture or make it into a book.  Its always fun to add stickers to little booklets or small pictures of themselves in the artwork if you can manage it.  Since there are just 3 pictures you could string them on a piece of yarn with straws or foam shapes separating the pictures to make a necklace too.
Be Grateful for the Sacrament- 4 small pictures to color here.  You could cut them out and attach to straws/sticks and use them to introduce primary songs about the sacrament. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 26: I Will Be Baptized and Confirmed

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 26: I Will Be Baptized and Confirmed

NOTE: I'm going to include older activities as well since its a Baptism lesson which would be great for FHEs but I've tried to divide it up into 2 categories (Nursery Age and Older).  Some nursery age activities may be appropriate for older ages too though.

Nursery Age
Baptism and confirmation are ordinances that bless my family- Coloring Page
When I am Baptized, I make a Covenant with God- Coloring Page

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 25: I Belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 25: I Belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- Posters to use- can cut up and make into a puzzle.
Sharing Time: I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- Put the church together with these building blocks (you could even really use blocks).
Sharing Time: I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- A mini booklet to put together.
The Church of Jesus Christ Was Organized- Cut out and put on a Roller TV box to tell the story or try printing the pictures out in coloring book format.
Church of Jesus Christ- Teaching resources.

Not much to find here so if you come across more, PLEASE share the link with us all!  Thanks!

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 24: "I Will Follow the Prophet"

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 24: "I Will Follow the Prophet"

Follow the Prophet- A hidden objects activity but if you can, print it out in coloring book format and you can color it or just use it as a visual....you could paste a picture of the child's head on one of the other children's.
Sharing Time: "This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"- Make the house and use it in your lessons or make one for everyone (turn it into a necklace, glue on a piece of paper and add Easter grass, stickers, cotton balls, etc.)

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 23: I Love the Scriptures

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 23: I Love the Scriptures

"When I Read the Scriptures"- a poem to read out loud- can make up simple hand actions
Sharing Time: The Scriptures- Use these flowers and glue pictures of scripture stories to them (or cut out trains, cars, animals, etc).  Glue the flowers on paper or attach pipe cleaners and make a bouquet.  More ideas below the flowers.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 22: "The Book of Mormon Teaches Me About Jesus Christ"

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 22: "The Book of Mormon Teaches Me About Jesus Christ"

Children's Songbook Songs- Scroll to the bottom and you'll see all the songs that go with the topic "Book of Mormon" like "Nephi's Courage"
Book of Mormon Figurines- There are lots of ones that you can pick from but here are three: Abinadi and King Noah, Nephi Builds a Ship, Alma and Amulek  Use them to tell a story from the Book of Mormon in the lesson; have the kids make them into puppets, hide them around the room and play "hide and seek" with them then tell a little big about them, etc.
Books of the Book of Mormon Word Search- for older kids obviously but great for helping learn them in a FHE activity.