Monday, November 12, 2012

Bee of Service! (Elder Ballard Conference Talk)

For this activity we had a lesson based on Elder Ballard's October 2012 talk "Be anxiously engaged".  We talked about how the bees gather pollen every day to make honey and how we should do small acts of service everyday too.  It seems small, but then we talked about all our favorite fruits (peaches, apples, etc) and the long term results of lots of small acts of service.  We thought up lots of ideas for service the girls could do.

Then we played a "Bee of Service" version of the classic party game "Don't Eat Pete".  You cover the board with tiny treats, send one girl out of the room, pick a secret square.  When she comes back she can remove one treat at a time until she uncovers the secret square, then everyone yells "Don't Eat Pete!".  This was soooo much fun.  We had several boards going at once so more people could have turns.  The board was key, it had honeycomb shapes and each honeycomb had some kind of service appropriate for 8-11 year olds pictured on it.

Bee of Service Game:

Last we made peanut butter and honey play dough and made honey bee sculptures with it.  Okay, most of the sculptures weren't really honey bees, but it was tons of fun.  (if you put the honey, peanut butter, and milk powder in a freezer or ziploc bag before the activity you can have the girls knead/squish it around in the bag it until its combined without having any sort of cooking mess...).  There are lots of recipes on the internet for peanut butter play dough.  Avoid the ones with powdered sugar, they are just way too sweet.  Have Fun!

you can right click on the picture of the game and save it to your computer's "downloads" folder.  Then you can open it up on your computer and it should print.

My peanut butter playdough recipe:
2 Tbs peanut butter, 2 Tbs morning moo (milk powder), 1 1/2 tsp agave.
You can put one serving in a ziploc, or to simplify, multiply recipe by number of desired servings and stir it up in a mixing bowl.


  1. This looks so fun! I am studying Elder Ballard's talk right now for a Sacrament Talk, and I am also the Activity Day leader, so I'd love to use this idea. Thanks so much! (Saw this on Pinterest)

  2. Is there anyway I could get a copy (PDF or similar) of the "Bee of Service" game board. I love this idea as well as some of the other ideas I have seen here. I am new to Activity days and struggling to come up with fun ideas. Lego class? I have never heard of that. My son would love it I am sure.