Celebration the Nauvoo Temple
(by Nicole Snow)

Mixer/As Entering (Primary Room)

  • As children enter the Primary room, put red/yellow/blue dots on them to identify which group they will be in.

  • Sing some temple/pioneer songs for first 10-15 min. as an opener

  • Introduction (Primary Room)

  • Opening prayer

  • A sister dresses in pioneer clothes & tells “Sparkling Walls” - story of how women broke china for walls of temple - break plate to illustrate

  • Talk about how important temples are both then and now. We will be learning about the Nauvoo temple in this activity by making our own temple models and by doing some things that people in those days used to do.

  • Stations

    1. Sugar Cube Temples (gym) (see instructions below)

    2. Make butter

    3. Watch video (YW room)

    4. Play pioneer games (gym)

    Materials Needed for Butter
    1. 15-20 baby food jars
    2. Heavy Cream
    3. Marbles (clean)
    4. salt

    1. Chill marbles & cream in fridge
    2. Fill jar about 1/4 full with the cream (1 - 2 tsp.), add pinch of salt
    3. Shake. It will take 5-10 minutes for the butter to form.
    4. Drain the excess milk.
    5. Spread over bread

    Remember the more cream you use the longer it takes to shake it into butter. The colder the cream, the faster the butter forms.

    Play pioneer games (gym):

    1. Sling-shot. We talked about boys helping the family to find food, and sometimes using the slingshot to bring home dinner.
    2. Stick pull
    3. Marbles

    Materials needed:
    1. Three bottles (2-liter)
    2. pictures of squirrel, jackrabbit, chipmunk
    3. slingshot
    4. superball
    5. broomsticks
    6. marbles
    7. flannel blankets
    8. masking tape

    Member of bishopric speaks to children about upcoming Nauvoo temple dedication, recommends (Primary room)
    Closing prayer


    Sugar Cube Temple Activity

    Preparations: (You will need)

    I made one beforehand so that they had an example.

    That Day (Room prep)

    We had them "glue" the sugar cubes together with Royal Icing. (see recipe below)

  • You cannot make the frosting ahead of time. If you do it won't stick very well. We just tried to keep one batch ahead of the boys and girls. We have 127 children in our primary so it was kind of tricky timing it.

  • One batch of frosting made about 20 temples. The children shared the frosting bags: one bag of frosting for each two children.

  • The frosting hardens fairly quickly about 15 - 20 minutes (remember that Provo has a very dry climate. In humid areas, it will take longer to dry).

  • The children came up with their own designs and some that looked very much like real temples!

  • We put their names on the plates so they could get their temples at the end of the activity day and take them home.

  • Display the temples for the parents to see in the Cultural Hall

  • Royal Icing:
    3 tablespoons meringue powder (available at craft stores in the cake decorating section)
    1 lb. (4 cups) confectioners sugar
    6 tablespoons warm water

    * Note: Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.
    Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer; 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer). Recipe makes 3 cups.

    *For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.