April 5, 2012

Look Ma, No Hands!

Recently, I was in charge of the boys and girls midweek youth activity, otherwise know as Joint Mutual Night.  We decided to focus on a theme of "I Can Accomplish Hard Tasks".  We watched this video and talked about how someone with a seemingly strong disadvantage could overcome any obstacle put before her.  She was born without arms, but does just about everything we do, only with her feet.  We talked about how they (the youth) would each have hard tasks placed before them in their life, by choice or circumstance, and how with the Lord, determination, and patience any hard task could be mastered.

We then went into the gym for some "feet only" activities, such as reading a book.

Brushing teeth. 
(We had cheap individual brushes for everyone and wipes to wash your feet before beginning each station.)

Drawing and coloring.

Our YW president making a peanut butter sandwich.

She did a great job and even had cute, painted toes.  Some of the kids actually tried to eat their sandwich.  I couldn't bring myself to do it.

Texting.  Surprisingly, many of them could send coherent texts.

Setting a table for dinner.

One of our YW made a paper airplane, using only her feet.  Amazing!

It was a lot of fun and I hope they walked away with a sense of accomplishment...and greater appreciation for arms and hands.


balloongal said...

That sounds like a wonderful evening and a great opportunity for them to learn. Way to go.
Hmmmm, maybe that would make a good Family Home Evening lesson/activity. Thanks.

Tiffany said...

What a great activity Britt. I'm totally stealing this one. thanks for the great idea!! Love ya!

Jamie said...

Stef, ewww!

Stefanie said...

HAHA!! Love Jamie's comment! Yeah, well .. I HAD to participate! =o) It was a great activity Britt! (as always) You rock.

Grammie Star Wars said...


What a wonderful fun and interactive idea!!!

You even got the leaders involved ;.)

Great RS activity ;.)

Well, they could cheer the newbeeies on, right. I am going to share this with our, YW leaders, we have a new leader Eden and she will go for something like this.


suzangrant said...

Could you please give me a list of "all " the activities you did this night. thank you

Brittney said...

@suzangrant--All the stations we did are in the photos: 1. Reading books 2.Brushing teeth 3. Drawing, coloring, writing 4. Making a sandwich 5. Texting on a phone 6. Setting a Table. If you would like more information, please leave your email along with any additional questions in the comment section and I will get back to you. Good luck!

Linda said...

The link for the video you showed is not found. Where did you get it from?

motherof5 said...

Thanks for sharing this great idea. We showed the video and then did the activities with the exception of reading the books. I am a bit of a germaphobe and couldn't think of how to disinfect the books afterwards. So, we had them pick up marbles with their toes and put them in a cup instead.

This was a joint activity and it was very well received. We got done about 20 minutes early, which was probably the fault of the young men's pres. who was our timer. I had asked him to time each activity for 10 minutes at each station.

I loved it and the Bishop complimented me on it. So, thank you!!!

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