President Hinckley has counseled parents: “Read to your children. Read the story of the Son of God. Read to them from the New Testament. Read to them from the Book of Mormon. It will take time, and you are very busy, but it will prove to be a great blessing in your lives as well as in their lives. And there will grow in their hearts a great love for the Savior of the world, the only perfect man who walked the earth. He will become to them a very real living being, and His great atoning sacrifice as they grow to manhood and womanhood, will take on a new and more glorious meaning in their lives” (quoted in Church News, 6 Dec. 1997, 2)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Felt Stories and GIVE AWAY!!

Over a month ago I was approached by Awnya Boam, the owner of Time4Felt, to do a product review. I was a bit reluctant to do anything like that on the blog that was really only started to give me an extra incentive to continue on with LQ's scripture reading. Moral dilemma and all that... I soon got over my moral dilemma and realised I could not only help Awnya out, but I could also get you guys another chance to win something!!

I know, I know... I am fantastic, you can thank me later.

Just this week I received some Book of Mormon felt stories to help with our scripture studies. Awnya sent me Nephi and the Brass Plates and Samuel the Lamanite.

Upon opening our special package I immediately noticed how beautifully rich the colours are on the felt. The side of the felt that is printed on is also VERY soft and I will make LQ play with them just so I can touch the felt. I know... weird! I am quite certain that the Quiet Books could be doubled up as a VERY nice pillow (if needed during church).

I was very excited that we got the story of Nephi and the Brass Plates, because just this Sunday gone, I was supposed to tell that particular story in my class. My class consists of 10 very boisterous 4 & 5 year olds. EEEEK! Each week I seem to outdo myself in creating an interesting way of telling what seems to be the longest story ever told. I have actually gone through quite a few of the archives on this blog and used a few of the activities that I had found. Hooray for me.

Back to the Felt Story. I can't tell you how relieved I was, when my class sat still (or as still as any five year old will sit) through the entire story of Nephi and the Brass Plates. I honestly haven't been able to capture their attention as well with any other prop. BUT - the all important question is: How did I go with teaching the scripture stories to LQ?

It was incredible! I wasn't sure if LQ would be into it, but as I told a summarised version of Nephi and the Brass Plates I handed each character to LQ to place on the felt board. She loved that she could tell the story in her own creative way. And once again, I was able to get through the ENTIRE story. SUCCESS! The felt even held up after LQ decided that it was more fun scrunching them and then throwing them into the air.

Would you like to be included in the chance to win a Mystery Story worth $17.00?

Go to Awnya's website Check out her products - it is ok if you are there for a while, she has a LOT of fantastic products - and then come back here and leave a comment telling me which product you like the best. I have my eye on the LDS Book of Mormon collection, but until we move out of the whole student budget thing, I may just be content with the Book of Mormon Activity Book. Awnya even offers a cheaper alternative by selling the pieces uncut (you cut them yourself).

Well, what are you waiting for? Get on over to Time4Felt. Spread the word by posting about this competition on your blog (let me know in an extra comment) and I will give you an extra chance to win.

Time4Felt will definitely enhance your toddler's scripture study time.

Competition ends Midnight Monday 18th May 2009 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Winner will be chosen by and will be announced on Tuesday 19th May 2009.


  1. I absolutely LOVE felt boards. I think all grownups do. Have you ever watched a dad play with his child and the felt pieces during sacrament meeting? Yeah, the kid is at the other end of the pew, asleep, dad is reenacting "Noah Builds an Ark" on the back of the bench in front of him. It's sad, really! I hope everyone sees this; it's a terrific giveaway! (Don't put my hat in the ring, Hel. I'm a little elderly for this one!)

  2. My son loves Samuel the Lamanite from his Book of Mormon ABC book (helped him to learn his S...also he has an uncle Sam, so he likes making the connection).
    These look awesome. I agree I love the big package, but the budget can't handle it. What a wonderful giveaway. I don't know if it is the same on your end of the world, but today is our Mother's Day, so Happy Mother's Day to you!

  3. I really can't just pick one thing I love the best because there are too many. I LOVE felt board stuff. One of my favorites is the Down On the Farm Quiet Book.

  4. Hi!
    I've been looking at your blog for a couple months now getting idea to help my 3 and 2 year old with reading the scriptures. All of your ideas have been FANTASTIC!! They loved using their Little People Figurines to reenact the story of Nephi and his family traveling through the wilderness. I love all of the felt products as well, they are so stinkin' cute, but I think the the farm/zoo quiet book is my favorite! Thanks again for all the great ideas, and a fun givaway!

  5. I found your blog looking for ideas for my primary class lesson re the brass plates. This would be perfect. So I would love to have my own set of Nephi and the brass plates! What a great site! Thanks. The Book of Morman Activity book and their quiet books look fantastic too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. While I like the LDS stories, I also like "The Mitten". This is a story that my oldest daughter talked about in both preschool and kindergarten. I think this would be a fun way to share books with children. Anything that gets them more involved in the story!

  7. I also really like the LDS Collection. The pictures are great. My mom used to make something similar for me when I was young. I still remember how much better I remembered the stories we had pictures for.

  8. The LDS collection for sure!

  9. I love the quiet books - those would be great for Church.