At the risk of revealing too much (look away if you’re in my Primary!) I’m sharing a fun scripture reading chart that we’ll be doing next year. The size makes them super inexpensive and light on preparation. I’m sharing it now in case any of you would like to use it in your ward for the 2016 Primary theme “I Know the Scriptures are True.”
The key difference is that this little (tiny) reading chart is designed to fit on BUSINESS CARDS. This is special because it means the whole project is very low on labor and cost: big win. You can print business cards very inexpensively at Staples, Vistaprint, and really hundreds of other places online. My Staples printing center has a permanent deal for 500 business cards for $10. It just doesn’t get any less expensive for a full color print.
I decided the possibility for one reward per month was the right timing. I didn’t want to give out just one reading chart for the whole year because I am realistic enough to know that one chart is going to get lost, the kids will lose interest, and there’s no way one reward or punishment per year could motivate them. But even a simple black and white bookmark for each child for each month would mean I’d be photocopying, cutting and organizing potentially 1200 bookmarks. Gah.
So I think these business cards are the *perfect* solution. They are so inexpensive, the work is already done when you pick them up, and they are still appealing and fun for children. They are also big enough to serve as bookmarks or to underline scriptures. $20 will be enough to cover all the bookmarks for my whole Primary for the whole year.
One other note. There are 30 food items because there are usually 30 days in a month. I’m not going to worry about days that have 28 or 31. The point is to encourage the kids to read consecutively. If they miss a day, they can just start reading again as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if it takes one month to complete a card or if it’s spread out over a few months. Once all 30 images are colored in, they can turn in their card, pick up a reward and get a new card.
They’re really easy to make. Just download the PDF below and print it at your copy shop! Done and done. The PDF is designed with bleeds on all four sides which shouldn’t affect your cost at all.
I had some business card samples printed this weekend. While the food images are small, they still totally work for our tracking purposes and they are very cute!
If you’re printing this at home on card stock, here’s a one page printable with 10 business cards per page.
Finally, if you’re interested in this design but don’t want to do the business cards, I put together a four-per-page handout that is formatted a little bit bigger. It would be easy to make photocopies and use for your Primary. Check out the post about that here.
I’m also going to put up a bulletin board with this exact same theme, partly to reinforce and encourage scripture reading, partly because it’s on theme, and partly because I designed an easy way for the kids to participate! I’ve put together a 15 page PDF with 15 different items of food seen above but in a larger size–about the size of a standard sheet of paper. I printed off a few copies of each page on white card stock and I’m handing them out this week to various teachers. I’m hoping the kids can color them in class and return them to me and then I’ll put them up around the edges of the bulletin board. Make sense? The kids get to color them in and they’ll be around the edges of the board, the title of the bulletin board will be “Feast Upon the Words,” and the scripture 2 Nephi 32:3 will be in the center.
The printable coloring pages are below.
As far as rewards go, you can really choose anything that would work for your Primary kids. We try to avoid candy as much as possible, so I’ve decided that the rewards each month will be 1-inch buttons with various church related designs. You can get these made on Etsy, $40 for 200 buttons. Below is a sampling of the buttons I’m having made that the kids will be able to choose from. It’s a mix of images from The Friend, Gospel Art images, and some simple graphics I think the kids will like.
They get to choose one button when they turn in their completed business card. When they do so, I plan to ask each child what they’ve learned from their reading. If they are willing to share what they’ve learned, I’d like them to share a few brief thoughts about their scripture study during opening exercises.
Each child will also receive one button with the “Feast Upon the Words” theme at the beginning of the year. I hope they’ll put it somewhere that might remind them to read. It could also go on their scripture bag or school backpack or on their jean jacket. (I had a jean jacket with buttons when I was in junior high. Ha!) If you want to use this image to make your own buttons feel free to grab the image below!
Click over to this post about attaching these buttons to a card stock card if you’re interested.
I hope these ideas could give you another fun direction to go if you’re still thinking about how you want to handle the Primary theme next year! Good luck, friends!