Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pretzels and Prayer

I'm a little slow this week with my post.  Sorry about that!

We had another really fun activity day!   Since the gathering activity with the word search was so successful last time, we did another one this week.  I found a maze that was done with broken pretzels.  They enjoyed it!  The link to the maze i used is no longer available.  Here is another option: here.

Those who finished early were asked to turn their paper over and write the word PRETZEL down the side.  Then, with each letter in the word, they needed to come up with a word that you could associate with prayer.



Next we moved on the the activity portion of the night.  We dipped pretzels in white chocolate.  Somewhat messy but not too bad!  I only let them dip half of the pretzel so they didn't get all their fingers in the chocolate.  I had sprinkles available as well and I did the sprinkling!  I was surprised at how many preferred "no sprinkles" and one even wanted just plain pretzels.  They had a good time with this activity.


Now on to the lesson.  First we listed the words associated with prayer that they had written on the back of their papers.  I was impressed!  They are very creative and smart!

Next I told the following story (which has a few variations if you google it):
In about 610 A.D. a very creative Alpine Monk decided to make use of the pieces of dough left over from baking bread. The Monk formed them into thin strips folded into a looped twist to represent the folded arms of children in prayer.
This scrumptious treat was given to the children as they learned their prayers. They began calling the treat "Pretiola", which is Latin for "little reward". Soon it was known the world over as a pretzel.
The secret of making great pretzels is not only in the baking but also in the shaping. We, like pretzels, are made from the best ingredients, by the best hands available, the hands of our Father in Heaven.
Have you ever seen a broken pretzel, or one that's lost its shape? We too, can lose our shape when we don't pray always to keep our spirituality intact. Even in the midst of our greatest trials, we must remember, as did Job, to call on the Lord. The simple shape of the pretzel, arms folded in prayer, reminds us to pray each day. Our "Pretiola" or "little rewards" are the blessings we receive.
Every time you see a pretzel, remember prayer. Check to see if your arms are often folded in prayer and have not lost their shape.
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They LOVED this story!!  It really held their attention!  I gave this as my Handout.

Finally we discussed the steps to prayer and how to pray and show respect to Heavenly Father.  Again, they were so great at answering my questions and giving insight!  So great.  I had them write the steps of prayer on the back of their handout.

I forgot to get my camera out!  I was having too much fun, I guess.

This lesson goes with Learning and Living the Gospel #5. 


18 comments:

  1. Love this activity! Thank-you for posting it. I'm going to have my activity days girls do this tonight

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    1. That's great! Hope you all have fun!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your ideas. It can be challenging to be creative...at least for me.

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  3. Dawn, I just did this tonight and we all loved it! Thank you for your posts. You're so creative :)

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  4. Thank you, Maria! I'm glad you had fun!

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  5. what is living the gospel?

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    1. Activity Day leaders in the LDS church choose activities based on different categories. Learning and Living the Gospel is one of these categories.

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  6. Hi Dawn,
    I worked the pretzel puzzle over so it had more contrast. I would like to send it to you to add to this post. How do we contact you?
    Susan

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    1. There's no way to print the maze here, I'd love your copy.

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  7. Thank you for posting the handout. I'm using it in front of the chocolate pretzels at my son's baptism. I think its great when food can help teach a message :)

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    1. Great idea! Everyone looks at the food, right!? Congrats on your son's baptism!

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  8. I can not pull up web page to find the prezel maze

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    1. Looks like the link has moved. Sorry about that! I don't know where to find it now.

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  9. I found another pretzel maze as an alternative. Hope that helps!

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  10. Love your ideas so much! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  11. I realize this activity was held years ago but what were some of the words that they came up with in PRETZEL that were associated with prayer? Looking for some examples in case the girls get stuck.

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