We have actually had a rather mild winter, so I can’t complain, but back when we were planning this activity, we thought it would be fun to do a “tropical” activity in winter to help us beat the blues…
This activity was a combined Young Women’s activity (Laurels, Mia Maids, and Beehives – not combined with the Young Men) which was especially nice because then we had plenty of people to make skits and have fun.
We started the activity by watching Johnny Lingo. – That’s right, the old classic. If you haven’t seen it before – be warned…it is super cheesy. And if you have seen it before, but it’s been a while, warning: it is cheesier than you remember. In fact, it can be a little petty, but have fun with it – don’t take the movie too seriously.
We also had “Hawaiian Haystacks” to eat during the movie. If I had planned this better, I would have just made some kind of Piña Colada (virgin, of course). But for some reason, I just said we’d eat Hawaiian Haystacks. If you’re not familiar with them, then you can find a recipe here. They aren’t anything special, but they go with the theme of the activity. We put stuck little umbrellas on top, and the girls liked that.
The really great thing about having the young women eat while watching the movie is that everyone was soooo quiet! – So definitely serve something.
The movie only lasts 25 minutes, so you have to do something else. When I introduced the movie, I mentioned that the girls should watch to see what the “message” of the movie was.
After the movie, the young women broke out into groups of about six, and they had to come up with a short skit (“commercial”) that would help to promote the real idea of a woman’s self worth.
They had about twenty minutes to make their skits. After they were done planning, we made videos. Here is one that we made:
They had a lot of fun with the activity. It beat away the winter blues, we laughed at cheesy Johnny Lingo and Mahana, and we had fun creating our own little advertisements for self-worth.
Hopefully this helps to give you some good ideas for your own activity. This could also be a fun FHE. If you do (or have done) something like this, please share!