Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gather Sunshine

The last Sunday in March will be the first Sunday of spring.  To celebrate, print and cut out the butterflies and flowers.  Write the names of songs you want to review on the back of the flowers and write some interesting ways to sing those songs on the back of the butterflies.  (Keep in mind that you'll probably be reviewing "I Stand All Amazed," so choose ways to sing which will still show reverence for the topic.)  

Hang the butterflies and flowers around the room. One at a time, have the children choose a butterfly and a flower to bring to the front of the room and decorate the chalkboard or bulletin board for springtime!

Song Suggestions:
He Sent His Son
I Will Follow God's Plan
I Stand All Amazed verse 1
I Stand All Amazed verse 2
I Stand All Amazed verse 3
Give Said the Little Stream
Popcorn Popping

Ways to Sing Suggestions:
sing with your eyes closed
sing with a big smile- don't let your lips touch each other
sing while standing on one foot
sing while holding your nose
sing with a British accent
sing the whole song without blinking your eyes

Lesson Plans: March 2014

1.  Introduce the song "I Stand All Amazed" and teach the chorus with the activity described at the top of this page.

2.  Teach the song "I Stand All Amazed" with the flipchart found here.  When teaching this song, keep in mind that some Ward and Stake leaders have asked that we do not use "cartoon" pictures of Christ.  I believe that my art is acceptable for the reasons stated here, but if your leaders disagree, please honor their wishes.  In any case, be sure to supplement with more realistic looking pictures of Christ.  This will help the children feel the reverence this song evokes.

3.  Review the song with the emotions activity described at the bottom of this page.

4.  Consider teaching the song (or just the chorus) to the Senior Primary in harmony!

5.  To go with the theme for Week 3 (Jesus Christ was resurrected, and I will be too), teach the third verse of "On a Golden Springtime" with the optional coloring book found here.

6.  To go with the theme for Week 4 (I can show respect for the Savior by being reverent), teach the song "Reverence is Love" or "The Chapel Doors."

7.  Review the program songs you've learned so far and celebrate spring with the Gather Sunshine activity found here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

How to Make Coloring-Book-Style Images From Colored Art

I've had lots of comments lately asking if I would make black and white versions of my flipcharts to help y'all save money on printer ink.  Unfortunately, since I'm still only working in MS Paint, that would be a HUGE project for me at the moment. Instead, I thought I'd share with you a couple of the tricks I've used in the past for making coloring-book style pages from color clipart.  I'm not a techie by any means, so if you have a better idea, please share!



1.  Pull up the image you want and size it.  Turn the brightness on your screen to its maximum setting and turn down the lights in the room if necessary.  

2.  Tape a piece of paper to the monitor and trace it.  Use pencil!

3.  If your image is too big, do it in pieces.  Trace the top left corner, remove the tape, scroll down, re-tape, etc.

4.  Go over your pencil lines with a sharpie marker.



1.  Right click on the picture you want to use and save it to your hard drive.

2.  Find an online photo-editing program with a coloring-book or pencil-drawing filter.  The instructions below are for ribbet.com

3.  Click"Edit a Photo" and upload the image.  Select Edit (top center).

4.  Click "Effects" from the white toolbar at the top of the image.  Scroll down until you see the "Pencil Sketch" option.  Click on it.

5.  Play with the options until you get the best result.



1.  Right click on the picture you want to use.  Copy and paste into a Word Document.  

 2.  Select the image, then click on "Format Picture"

3.  Under "Transparency," slide the bar to the right until you can barely see the image.

4.  Print.  Trace outline with a Sharpie marker and color.