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Reward Of Them That Endure With Patience.

Lesson 23 Grade 1

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience


  • What is Patience?
  • How are we Patient?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Patience?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Patience? 


L9G1 Prayer
Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

In the next 2 lessons, we will memorize the prayer “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child…”

“O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child, exalt me by admitting me to the kingdom. I am earthly, make me heavenly; I am of the world below, let me belong to the realm above; gloomy, suffer me to become radiant; material, make me spiritual, and grant that I may manifest Thine infinite bounties.

“Thou art the Powerful, the All-Loving.”

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Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

A faithful soul never forgets all the bounties that God has bestowed on it; it never ceases to love God. It is out of our faithfulness to Him that we always try our very best to follow His teachings and obey His laws, even when it becomes difficult. So it is that we work hard to serve others and to do worthy deeds, with no other thought than to attain His good pleasure. For the faithful soul, there is no greater joy than striving to please God. Let us memorize this quotation of Bahá’u’lláh:

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience.

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

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Meaning Of Words


  1. Mrs. Anderson was very pleased with the excellent science projects that the students in her class prepared. As a reward, she took them to visit a nearby aquarium.
  2. Alena spent time every day learning how to play the guitar. When she played a sweet song for her younger brother, the joy on his face was all the reward she needed for her efforts.


  1. Lixin and her family moved to a faraway place. For the first few months, they had many difficulties. But, with the help of their kind neighbors, they were able to endure these difficulties and are now very happy in their new home.
  2. Hugh became ill. He was in a great deal of pain but did not complain. He endured his suffering with patience.

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Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience
Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience
Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Story About Patience

Li Xin was very fond of peaches. They were one of his most favorite foods. Every day, he would bring a peach with him to school and eat it during his lunch break. He enjoyed every bite, but he always threw away the pit, with the seed inside.

One day, Li Xin’s class was learning about seeds. This gave Li Xin an idea. He would plant a seed from his peach and help it grow into a tree! At lunchtime, he saved the pit from his peach and wrapped it in a piece of paper. When school ended, he raced home and asked his father to help him find a place to start growing his tree. His father reminded him that he would have to wait for the pit to dry before he could get the seed out. Still, Li Xin wanted to plant the pit right away. “Li Xin,” said his father, “if you don’t have the patience to dry the pit, how will you have the patience to wait for the seed to sprout?” So Li Xin set the pit out to dry.

A few days later, Li Xin was finally able to crack the pit and pull out the seed. His mother showed him a corner of the yard where the tree could grow big and tall. Li Xin dug a small hole and dropped in the seed, then covered it with a mound of moist earth. He grinned with excitement. His tree was finally on its way!

Every day, Li Xin would visit the mound, hoping to see some sign that the seed had sprouted. But no sprout appeared for weeks, and Li Xin grew disheartened. Seeing Li Xin’s concern, his mother asked him what was wrong. “My seed is not growing,” Li Xin said. “I wonder if I will ever have a tree.” “Well,” said his mother, “this seed has a lot of growing to do. In that way, it is very much like you. When you were born, you were just a tiny little thing and all you did was eat and sleep. And now look at you! You are a young boy, walking, talking, and thinking for yourself! This tree may take many years to grow, but, if you care for it well, then someday you will be able to sit in its shade and enjoy its fruit.” Thinking of this, Li Xin grew hopeful again. He knew from his class that a seed had to go through many changes before it could even become a sprout.

Then, one spring day, Li Xin went out to visit the mound, as he always did, and to his great excitement, he saw a tiny green sprout poking up through the earth! His tree was growing! He ran to his neighbor, who was a farmer, and told her the exciting news. She gave him advice on how to care for the tree while it was so young and vulnerable, and he listened to her every word, eager to nurture it as best he could. “Soon I will have many peaches to give you as thanks for your good advice,” said Li Xin. But the neighbor just smiled. “Li Xin, do you remember how you had to be patient while you waited for the pit to dry?” Li Xin nodded. “And do you remember how you needed even more patience while you waited for your seed to sprout?” Li Xin remembered this, too. “Well,” said the neighbor, “it will take even longer before your sapling becomes a tree and sometime after that before it gives fruit. It could be years before the tree is ready to produce any peaches for you to enjoy.”

And so Li Xin cared for the tree and tended to its needs as it grew from a sprout to a sapling and from a sapling to a tree. Little by little, it grew taller and broader, just as he did. And then one day, as Li Xin returned from school, he saw the tree’s first peaches beginning to emerge where only blossoms had been before. Once again, he felt the joy that filled his heart when the seed had first sprouted. And once again he knew that he would have to exercise patience. For it would be some time still before the peaches would be ready to eat.

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Find the Starter

Choose one child to go out of the group. While he or she is gone, the rest of the class picks another child to be “the starter”. All the children then follow the actions of the leader. For example, if he or she claps, everyone else does the same. If he or she starts waving goodbye, so do all the others. The one who was sent out must look carefully and try to discover who the leader is. At the same time, the others are careful not to look at the leader too closely or too much, which would make it easy for him or her to be identified by the one searching.

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Little Plants

Throughout the year Dollar store and stores like Walmart and Target have grow-your-own plant kits. Sometimes as low as $1.The kids can plant the seeds in class and take them home and practice the virtue of PATIENCE. Care for it and watch the plant grow.

Make a Seed Paper

NASA: Seed paper

VIDEO: Seed Paper

Grow A Seed

Little Bins, Little Hands: grow a seed in a jar

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Enkindled By The Love of God. Lesson 20 Grade 1

Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement


  • What is Enkindlement?
  • How are we Enkindled?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Enkindlement?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Enkindlement? 


L9G1 Prayer
Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

This is the last lesson for us to practice the prayer “Thy Name Is My Healing…”

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

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Luke Slott: Thy Name Is My Healing
Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Every human being was created to know God and to love Him, and we all have the spark of His love in our hearts. It is important for us to feed the flame of the love of God by praying to Him daily and by serving others, that it may grow stronger and stronger. As this flame burns ever brighter in our hearts, its warmth will be felt by all who cross our path. And their hearts, too, will be set aglow. When we are so enkindled, we become like burning candles that cannot help but to give light and warmth to those around us. Let us memorize the following quotation:

Be ye enkindled, O people, with the heat of the love of God, that ye may enkindle the hearts of others.

From a Tablet of Bahá’u’lláh

Meaning Of Words


  1. The house was cold, so Axel’s father decided to start a fire. He put large logs in the stove and lit some small twigs below. The wood soon became enkindled, and the fire warmed the room.
  2. A scientist came to the school and explained to the students’ many interesting things about the workings of the universe. They began to ask her various questions after the talk. She had enkindled in the students a desire to know more about the world.

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Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement
Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Kindling the Fire of God’s Love
Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Story About Enkindlement

Thomas Breakwell was a young man who held an important position in a cotton mill in the southern United States and spent his vacations in Europe. On his way to Europe in the summer of 1901, he met a woman on a steamship and began talking with her about spiritual subjects. When they arrived in Paris, the woman took him along to meet a friend of hers who lived in an apartment in the city and who, she knew, had similar interests. The young woman welcomed them, and the three talked for some time. Before leaving, Breakwell asked his hostess whether he might return to speak further. He was invited to come back the next morning.

When he arrived the next day, the young woman noticed that his eyes were shining brightly and his voice was full of emotion. She asked him to be seated. Breakwell looked at her intently for a moment and then described for her a strange experience. After he had left her home the day before, he had walked along an avenue, alone, in the warm and heavy evening air. Not a leaf stirred around him. Then, all of a sudden, a great wind came that seemed to bring with it the glad tidings of a new message from God!

The young woman urged him to be calm. You see, she knew of the message to which Breakwell referred. During the next three days, over the course of many hours, she told him everything she could about the Bahá’í Faith—its history and its teachings— and about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the perfect Exemplar of those teachings, Who was living in the prison city of ‘Akká in the Holy Land.

By the end of three days, Breakwell’s heart was so filled with joy and hope that he wanted nothing other than to travel to ‘Akká and visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. It happened that there was another young man who had already made plans to go to the Holy Land for this very purpose and who was most pleased to have Breakwell accompany him. So, a message was sent to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá requesting permission for him to come, and in a short time, they were on their way.

When the two men arrived at ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s home, they were taken into a room where several other men were gathered. Looking around, Breakwell became deeply troubled. There was no one in the room to whom his heart was drawn, and thinking that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá must be among those present, he feared that he had failed to recognize that Heavenly Being about Whom he had learned in Paris. He sat down in despair. At that moment, a door opened, and Breakwell looked up. He saw there a brilliant light, from which the figure of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá emerged. He immediately knew that his dearest wish had been fulfilled.

Breakwell spent two glorious days in the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, during which the fire that had been enkindled in his heart grew stronger and stronger. When Breakwell told ‘Abdu’l-Bahá about his job at the cotton mill, where children were used as workers, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá advised him to resign from his post, which he did without hesitation. At the end of his visit, he returned to Paris, his spirit ablaze. For the rest of his short life, he burned like a bright candle, sharing the light enkindled in his heart with everyone he met. Upon his passing, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed a Tablet in his honor, which includes the following verse: “O Breakwell, O my dear one! Thou hast lit a flame within the lamp of the Company on high, thou hast set foot in the Abhá Paradise, thou hast found a shelter in the shadow of the Blessed Tree, thou hast attained His meeting in the haven of Heaven.”


Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Help the Sick

Choose one child to pretend to be the “sick patient”. Now have two other children stand face to face, their hands clasped around one another’s forearms, in order to make a “chair”. Depending on the size and skill of the children, you could have them form a chair in another manner. In that case, have both children clasp their own right wrists with their left hands and the left wrists of one another with their right hands.

The other classmates should now help the “sick friend” into the chair. Select a tree or another spot as the “health center” and ask the two children forming the chair to carry the “sick” child there.

With a larger group, the children can be asked to form a “stretcher” instead of a chair by standing in two lines facing each other. They should bend their arms at the elbows, with each one grasping the forearms of the child across from him or her. The “sick” child should then lie on the stretcher to be carried to the “health center”. Remind the children that everyone will have to work together if they are to get the “patient” safely to the health center. “If we let the sick person fall,” you could say, “he or she will get hurt, and we will all feel sad. But if we arrive at the health center without any problems, we can feel happy and content because we will have helped our friend.”

Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

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Find The Source Of Courage Now! Lesson 17 Grade 1

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage


  • What is Courage?
  • How are we Courage?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Courage?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Courage? 


L9G1 Prayer
Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

From lessons 17 to 24 we will be memorizing a new prayer and of course, each lesson will have a new quote.

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

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Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage


To have courage means to stand for what is right even if we are the only ones who do so, to defend those who need our help even if it causes us discomfort, and to tell the truth even when we know it may lead to difficulties for us. It takes courage to face hardships in life with calm and grace. We draw courage from our love of God and our desire to please Him above all others. To help us remember that we should face every situation in life with courage, let us memorize the following quotation:

The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love.

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas

Meaning Of Words


  1. Kyongmi lives in a village in a valley. The melting snow from the top of nearby mountains provides water to the village. The source of the village’s water is snow from the mountaintops.
  2. Mrs. Putters has three loving and well-behaved children. Her children are a source of joy and happiness to her.


  1. Two of Shoa’s friends started an argument and became angry with each other. Shoa helped each to see the other’s point of view and make peace. Shoa always promotes peace and understanding among his friends.
  2. A nurse visits the classroom to teach the children about foods that are good for their health. The nurse promotes healthy eating.


  1. Promilla knew that she wanted to be a doctor. She always studied hard in school, and after many years of difficult work, she achieved her goal. She was steadfast in her efforts to become a doctor.
  2. Zvondai went to a very remote village to help open a new school. Although he missed his family and faced many difficulties, he showed steadfastness and stayed in the village for many years, training teachers and working with children.

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Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage
Source of Courage
The Source of Courage
Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Story About Courage

‘Alí-‘Askar was a merchant in Persia. When he became a Bahá’í, he experienced much hardship at the hands of those who opposed the Faith. Within a short span of time, he had lost all he had. Even so, ‘Alí-‘Askar was not dispirited. Seeing that he would not be able to make a living in his homeland, he decided to move to Adrianople, a city in a neighboring country.

In Adrianople, though he still had little, he managed to acquire a small amount of merchandise. Before he was able to sell a single item, however, he was attacked by thieves who took everything he had in his possession, leaving him with nothing once again.

Not long after, the thieves were arrested, and the great fortune they had acquired from robbing many people was seized. One of the local authorities, dazzled by the riches, came up with an idea to keep the fortune for himself. He called ‘Alí-‘Askar to his office and explained.

“‘Alí-‘Askar,” he said, “these thieves are very rich. In my report to the government, I wrote that the amount robbed from you was great. Therefore you must attend the trial and testify that what I have written is true.” This way, the official thought, all of the money would be returned to ‘Alí-‘Askar, and the two would split it between themselves.

‘Alí-‘Askar knew that he could never go along with such a plan. “Your Honor, Khán,” he replied, “the goods stolen from me amounted to very little. How can I report something that is not true? When they question me, I will give the facts exactly as they are. I consider this my duty, and only this.”

The official tried again to convince ‘Alí-‘Askar. “We have a golden opportunity here,” the official said. “You and I can both profit by it. Don’t let such a once-in-a-lifetime chance slip through your fingers!”

But ‘Alí-‘Askar again refused, saying, “Khán, how would I answer to God? Let me be. I shall tell the truth and nothing but the truth.”

Now the official became angry. If ‘Alí-‘Askar did not go along with his scheme, all his planning would come to naught, and he would lose the great fortune now within his grasp. And so he began to threaten ‘Alí-‘Askar, hoping he could frighten him

into cooperating. “I will jail you,” he said. “I will have you banished; there is not a torment I will spare you.” Then he told ‘Alí-‘Askar that, if he did not agree, he would send him back to Persia.

‘Alí-‘Askar only smiled. “Jináb-i-Khán,” he said, “do with me as you please; I will not turn my back on what is right.”

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Yes Or No

Begin the game by asking the children to form a wide circle, with you in the center. Now explain to the children that you are going to make several statements. Some of them will be correct; others will be incorrect. Tell them that, if the statement is correct, they should shout out “yes” and hop towards the center of the circle. If it is incorrect, they should shout out “no” and hop backward.

All the statements you make should be based on things the children can readily observe. Examples of “yes” statements are as follows: “The sun gives off light.” “Trees grow from seeds.” “Mountains are tall.” You could also make statements that describe what the children are wearing, like “Sera is wearing a blue shirt,” or what they see in the space around them, like “There are two benches over there.”

A few examples of “no” statements are: “Rain falls upward.” “Fish fly.” “Stones walk on feet.” Again, you could draw on your surroundings to make incorrect statements. Remember that you should have more correct statements than incorrect ones so that, by the end of the game, the children reach you at the center of the circle.

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Superhero Mask

Download the template and decorate your mask

Hero Mask

Make a Badge of Courage

A badge is easy to make, cut some circles large and small out of paper, or felt, etc. Layer, add ribbon, and write COURAGE on it. Still not sure? Check out this blog here to make one.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Lots of free Courage crafts and activities. This one is the cup of courage.

Courage Token

This one is a cute ” COURAGE TOKEN” made from clay and stamped

Cards Celebrations Free Greeting Cards Paper


I was looking for an interactive card to make as I LOVE paper creations that move when I came across a few people making a gumball machine that dispenses candy. YEP, it really worked. So I wanted to make my own card and tried out one of the videos with so-so success. After looking at a few different ways to put this card together, I decided to do my own, so below is what I did and some tips on what worked. I will give instructions for both solid cardstock and the cardstock/foam tape version.

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So before I begin with my own design, I would like to list the places I saw this card.


Here is a list of what you will need to make this card

  • Heavy cardstock 110 pound
  • Decorative Cardstock for gumball machine.
  • Double sided foam tape
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Glue
  • Acetate for shaker window
  • Candy: mini M&M or Tic Tac
  • Optional chipboard 1/8 inch thick
  • My SVF file or your Circle Dies- 2 in, 1 in, 1/2 inch

Easier Than You Think

Ok, I am going to give quite a bit of detail below and although I hope to be clear in the instruction, you may look at it and think it’s complicated. It’s NOT! The general assembly once everything is cut takes about 15 minutes.

The piece we will use are named for easy reference


  1. Gumball Card Base
  2. Guide Mechinism which looks like a rectange and a odd lightbulb shape cut out
  3. Dispensing Mechinism looks like a circle with a wedge shape cut out – PacMan shaped for those of you old enough to remember!
  4. Handle made up of small circles and rectangles
  5. Optional 1/4 inch strips to cut for a tidy finish.
  6. Lid to cover the refilling candy space.
  7. Gumball Machine Body
  8. Greeting Card base
  9. Stopper


Gumball Card Base – Cut 1

Working Gumball Machine
Gumball Card Base- the starting point to dispensing candy from a working gumball machine

CUT 1 of the Gumball Card Base

Cut a piece of acetate 4 inches long by 3 inches wide and using double-sided tape/glue, cover the larger (shaker) window.

Glue the acetate to the back of the Gumball Card Base – choose any side to be the back. Glue or double-sided tape can be used and will not show when the card is finished.

Additional information: The size for the Gumball Card Base was taken from the Tiffany Yu version. The size of the Gumball Card Base used in this file is 4 inches by 5.25 inches. I found this Gumball Card Base size to be perfect. I did try using 65-pound cardstock in my trial version but decided on the heavier 110-pound cardstock. All of the various parts are made using 110-pound cardstock with an option to use less cardstock by using a combination of Cardstock, foam tape, and use 1/8 inch chipboard for the inner part of this card. You will need a Cricut Maker to cut the chipboard if you decide to use this material. The size of the circles on this card base is 2 inches, 0.55 inches and 1 inch cut partially for the tray. When I made the file, The position of the window (2 inches) and The mechanism/handle turned out to be crucial in a smooth dispensing of candy.

The various parts of the Gumball Card Base
Card Base GumBall
This is the Gumball Card Base that is used as a base to creates the gumball machine

Inner Mechinism

The inner part of this interactive card has two parts, First is the Guide Mechanism for the candy to move from the window to the Dispensing Mechanism that catches the candy and dispenses it.

Guide Mechanism

Cut 1, 8, or 12 of these depending on what you decide after reading the additional material below.

Foam tape can be used in between the cutout pieces in any fashion you like to bring the inner mechanism to the required 1/4 inch.

Glue the assembled Guide Mechanism to the back of the Gumball Card Base

Option 1: Use 12 pieces of Inner Mechanism cut from 110-pound cardstock. My image below the inner mechanism is not yet glued together. This version does not need anything extra to protect against a sticky edge.

12 layers of cardstock. no edges to cover as none are sticky

Additional information: We need to create a space between the shaker window and the back of the card that will allow the candy to flow smoothly. If the candy is flat, the mini M&M is about 1/4 inch. If it ends up sideways then it needs 1/2 inch.

I used 1/4 inch spacing, and if any went sideways, a little shake fixed the issue. To get this space, I stacked and glued 8 of the inner mechanism and then used 2 layers of foam tape.

You can also get a 1/4 inch space by using all foam tape: Cut one of the inner mechanisms to use as a guide and then put foam tape on all of the solid areas. Don’t go too close to the cutout section in the middle of the Guide Mechanism as you don’t want the candy sticking to the foam. If you decide to use only foam tape, you will have to use a 1/4 strip of paper to cover the sticky edge later on in the assembly or dust the sticky edge with powder to get rid of the stickiness. A 1/4 inch strip to cut is included in the file.

You can also use only cardstock, cut 12 pieces, and glue them together. This will make your card a little heavy, so if you are thinking of mailing it your postage may increase

Option 2: Use 1 piece of Inner Mechanism cut from 110-pound cardstock. Use foam tape to build the space to be 1/4 inch. We will need to use a 1/4 inch strip of paper to cover the inner edge of the inner mechanism so that the candy does not get stuck. with any foam tape use, this strip of paper to cover the sticky edge is needed.

Dispensing Mechanism:

Cut 1,8 or 12 of the Dispensing Mechanism after reading additional information below

Cardstock foam tape: use 1 Dispensing Mechanism cut from cardstock and layer foam to create a 1/4 high object. This is best done as described by Tiffany Yu. Cut 4 1 inch circles and cut in half. Layer on the bottom of Dispensing Mechanism. Cut 2 half circles 1 inch in diameter and fold each piece in half. Layer on the solid wedge area.

Cardstock only: For the Dispensing Mechanism, you can also use only cardstock: cut 10 to 12 of the Dispensing Mechanisms and glue them together to form a 1/4 inch thick object. Cover each side with a solid 1-inch circle.

Insert the assembled Dispensing Mechanism to the back of the Gumball Card Base so that it looks like this below. note that yours will have the additional solid circle covering this Dispensing Mechanism so the wedge will not actually be visible.

Final Assembly of The Card

Gumball Machine

Cut 1 of each

The Gumball machine consists of a gumball base and a circle. These are glued to the front of the card Base


Cut 8 of the .5 inch circles and 8 of the 1-inch rectangles cut and 1 out of decorative paper

The handle has 2 parts: first is the 8 small circles about .5 inches in diameter that are glued and stacked and then finished off with the rectangular part of the handle made up of 8 pieces of cardstock. Put this through the .55 inch hole in the front and glue it to the Dispensing Mechanism that is at the back


The removeable stopper to refill the gumballis simply two pieces of cardstock with foam tape and some string snadwitched between them. The finished thickness should be 1/4 inch.

Greeting Card Base

Greeting Card Base 8.5 by 5.5 folded in half. The entire assembled Dispensing Gumball Machine is adhered to the front of this card. You can stamp a message in the shaker window area so that when the candy is finished, there is a message.

Well, All Done

Once you attach the finished gumball machine, adhear to the front of your greeting card and fill with candy. The stopper prevents the candy from falling out and can be removed to refill.

If you would like the svg file, drop me a note and I will email it to you. The file below is PDF.

For SVG File

Here is a link to my google drive for the SVG file: SVG FILE

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A Beginners 4 Tips To Enjoy Stamping

By BEGINNERS 101 I do mean me! Yep, this is my journey into the world of stamping and what not to do as well as tips and suggestions of what may help. For those of you who are like me, and collect projects on Pinterest, pin them to your board, and just never get back to actually doing anything with it. Well, read on. Maybe you are also just too intimidated by it all,? Me too! so today I will share a few tips on how I finally got started.

Tip 1

So many stamps out there where did I start? I admit that I went to the dollar store, who can resist the price, and stamps are stamps, right? So I got a few very cute-looking stamps, dropped them in my draw, and there they stayed for a few years. Why? Well here is why… I think! I was shaking in my boots at the prospect of inking the stamps, what ink to use, how to keep it all lined up? That, and more gave me a headache- literally. So tip 1 to myself and anyone reading this is: don’t be afraid to fail. Most of the dollar store stamps come with ink pads, grab some scrap paper and start inking and stamping. Our goal is to get comfortable with the process and learn from what CAN go wrong. To sum it all up: take out the supplies and stamps you have at hand and start stamping them on paper. It will not be a masterpiece but it will ease you into the process.

My Dollar store stamp: A little itsy bitsy flower that was a challenge to cut from the thick cardstock and my coloring is not pro but I like it!

Tip 1 use your stamps
Part of a dollar store stamp I purchased years ago

Tip 2

So you stamped a few images and you are not impressed? Yeah, that was me also. I was thinking

“What’s the hype all about?”

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I think I felt this way because the stamps did not excite me, and also, I was still not sure where to use these stamps. Most people use stamps on greeting cards and scrapbooks. My favorite type of greeting card is interactive, dynamic cards. These flat stamps were not exciting to me. If you are ok with flat greeting cards and this is not a drawback then you still may have been wondering where to actually use these stamps. So GET excited, when you find a project that uses a stamp that excites you, try making it. I first saw a stamped card and it was not interactive, it was just a flat stamped card, but something caught my attention. It was a scene of some older girlfriends and a funny quote. I LOVED it, it spoke to me and I could see myself producing a card with this stamp on it.

So my Tip 2 is to check out Pinterest and pin all the ideas, then choose one idea and commit to making it.

Following my own tip, I made a double slider card , stamped a few cute images from My favorite Things stamps and dies and Voliá!

Tip 3

I initially failed my own Tip 2 for a few reasons, first I did not think the price of the stamp was worth it, remember, I choose the dollar store for my supply! I headed out to Michaels looking for a substitute to replicate the friendship scene of Art Impressions stamp. While there were many cute stamps, there were none that gave me the same feeling of creativity. Over the next few years, I purchased a few small stamps from Michaels, some were wood mounted, and some clear vinyl clings type. They all sat in my craft bin and here is why: I realized that once you stamp the image, you have to color it in or stamp the image with different colors. The image above is stamped then colored in. I suck at coloring! I tried to ink various parts of a stamp in different colors and stamp it but the ink dried out before I could stamp the image or I could not position the stamp accurately. I tried the mounting blocks for the vinyl clear stamps (totally gave up on the woodblock mounted stamps) NOT working for me.

Now, when I saw someone using a stamping tool I just knew this what I needed to get started. The greatest block in my stamping journey was about to be solved!

The misty pictured below is famous and used by many crafters/stampers, and there are many others like it so find the one you like, they are all pretty similar, get one with a magnet that holds your paper in place as that really helped me and yes that was Tip number 3 find a method that helps you stamp your image accurately, allows for you to reink if needed and get a nice clean stamped image!

Worth mentioning is that I also tried to print colored images and black and white images to color and use. I did not find most of these images helpful in my craft making, but I did have success with these two tiny birds, I think it was because they are so tiny, it was difficult to mess it up.

Tip 4

You purchased the stamp that got your creative juices stirring, you stamped your image and now you are ready to color it all in. Keep in mind that if you mess up, all you have to do is restamp and start coloring again. It is a bit frustrating trying to teach yourself, we are blessed with tutorials on Youtube and I found that all these amazing companies that sell stamps have great tutorials and ideas, so copy the techniques, and soon, you will feel confident, have your own style, and even if you keep using the techniques exactly as shown, the final product will always be unique to you. My stamping adventure all came together with I saw an interactive stamp from My Favorite Things Stamps. It was of a little girl swinging. (She is SOOOO cute!) The interactive portion caught my attention and the fact that the stamp had a matching die to cut it out and make it swing!

Yup, after a LONG period of not stamping and NOT creating anything with a stamp, my interest was piqued. Research research research. Back to old habits of trying to replicate this card with other images and creating the swing mechanism myself. FAILED! OK not quite a fail, I got a card with a swing that did swing but NOT cute! I scrapped it. I subscribed to the My Favorite Things website and soon started to get product information in my inbox. I did finally purchase this cute girl swinging, made my card, and continue to look at tutorials using a stamped image. So, use the resources and ideas online to get you started. It seems that watching people online crafting is something of a cult following, and I did watch lots of people coloring in cards using alcohol ink markers, watercolor, pencil colors, and the more I watched, the more I got mesmerized by it all. I was in a trance, just in the zone of taking it all in, enjoying seeing their finished product, and in the back of my mind, I thought I could never produce such cute stuff. I also did not know just which alcohol pens to invest in, they can be quite pricy. So here is my tip, grab what you have on hand or get used to stuff and start coloring. the techniques for coloring are the same no matter what medium you use.

What I May Not Have Mention

I admit that it took me years to produce any type of finished product. I did not think it was worth buying stamps from companies like My Favorite Things and Art Impressions. Now I know that these stamps are well worth investing your money in: the quality of the stamp gives great stamped images, the actual images are so beautifully designed you really cannot find substitutes and the sentiments are wonderful.

The Ink pads from reputable companies like Ranger Ink, Stamping Up, My Favorite Things Stamps, Tim Holtz are worth purchasing. I did not say much about inks in this blog post but I did use a no-name brand ink on one of my lovely stamps and the stamping quality suffered! I know that this is going to be part of my crafting life and I am looking forward to stamping and learning from all these amazing people and companies.

Some Of My Favorite Tutorials

Here are links to some of my favorite tutorials to color a stamped image


Alcohol Markers

Pencil Color

Digital Stamps

Want to try printing an image to use as a stamp first?

While many line images can be printed and used as a stamp, below is a link to where you can download free digital stamps

Simply Cards and Paper Crafts

Make Your Own Stamp

Yep! you can make your own stamp. I have a Silhouette Mint which I love BUT I cannot use embossing liquid with it, or I have not yet figured out how to do this.

You can also make your own stamps by carving certain materials and if you have a Cricut, you can also did this.

You can also use any base material and hand carve a stamp. I did a google search and tons of ideas came up.

Have fun and thanks for reading!

10 minute craft Children class Free Kids Can Do Paper Template

Cute, Quick And Easy To Make Cleanliness Craft

My Virtues class for kindergarten online has 16 virtue lessons. These are free classes that can be presented from the online platform or used in any fashion you like. The first lesson is about cleanliness. This is the cleanliness that is spiritual, physical (body and actions), and mental (their thoughts). Each lesson consists of prayers, quotes, songs, stories, games and crafts. For each of my virtues class, I will post some of the crafts (PDF Version) on this blog and if anyone needs the actual cut file I can arrange

Just a quick note: some of the crafts are based on the stories for each lesson. If you would like to view the entire class, you can register for free and access all the material from this link

Craft one: A cute craft to pull the card and see the germs fall off on one side, the clean hands pass through the water on the other. The video is here

Step One: Print

The PDF to download is very simple. Print out the craft. I recommend card stock but you can also print on regular printer paper. There are 2 pages, one with a faucet (tap) and water running, the second is the hands and germs.

Page one for Virtue of Cleanliness craft

Step 2: Cut out the pieces

Cut the solid lines as marked. For page one, it is the red lines along the edge of the water as seen in the image above.

Next cut out the rectangle with the hands. Make sure include the portion with “PULL” writen on it.

Next cut out the individual “germs”

This craft is found in many Youtube videos so it is not my original idea but all the images and components of this craft are mine.

Germs with hands to wash for Cleanliness Virtue craft

Step 3: Assemble

Thread the rectangle through the slots on page one. The video shows the finished craft.

Scatter the germs on the left side and have the child pull the rectangle through the water. Watch all the nasty germs fall off! You can also use the rectangle as a template to cut out a blank piece. this can then be used to trace the child’s hand.

To download this PDF download from here or sign in to the platform to access all the other crafts here

Oh, If you would like to view the craft on Prayer we made prayer beads from paper: Go here

Keep Crafting


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Baha'i Gift ideas Children class Free Kids Can Do Paper Template

Adorable paper beads

I recently shared with a facebook group, the prayer beads the children made for Ayyam-i-Ha and gave to each Baha’i household. They were made out of glass beads from Micheals and placed in a small bag with “Allah-u-Abha” on the bag. Paper also makes lovely bead and for those of you who love to recycle this is a fun and easy craft.

Crafts don’t have to be expensive and paper is one of my favorite mediums to work with because it helps me to recycle and it is easy on my wallet. To make these paper beads just grab the templates below, some old scraps of paper like magazines, wrapping paper, etc. or even buy some special paper. In no time at all, you will have tons of beads

Age : Suitable for Kindergarten age with help from an adult.

Time: 2 minutes each…gets faster and easier the more you do.

Supplies: Paper, Templates below, scissors, glue, optional paint glitter, and varnish

Here are the easy steps to make as many paper beads as your hearts desire:

  1. First grab the template below: More templates can be found on my Etsy store soon.
  2. Print the template directly onto your paper or print the template onto plain paper and use as a template to cut out the beads.
  3. Using a wooden skewer or a straw to wrap the paper starting at the widest side and keep the patterned side of the paper down. Tip: For younger children, a straw allows the stringing of the bead process to be easier. You will need to glue the edge of the paper to the straw so it does not slip off . Once the bead is rolled up and glued, you will cut the straw …a piece of the straw will remain in the bead.
  4. Roll the paper all the way up to the narrow end and add a bit of glue to hold it in place.
  5. Varnish with clear nail polish, Mod Podge or any other clear varnish you have access to.
  6. I dipped mine in gold glitter and paint before I varnished.

This template below is a sample of the many shapes for paper beads. The larger pieces are easier for little kids. The small beads might be better for adults to complete.

make paper beads and use them in many ways including prayer beads
Paper beads drying on a stick

Have fun


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10 minute craft Kids Can Do Paper

Easy Craft Supplies While Self Isolating – Super Simple

Crafting is a great way to spend quality time with those you love while self isolating. 

 We want to keep occupied and happy. 

What should you have on hand to craft: the minimum requirements.

So here is a list of our most essential craft supplies so you can stock up and be ready to start making stuff! (use Michaels online  or Walmart to safely pick up orders )

Most common craft items


Printer paper

Cardstock Different colours

Markers Paints and/ or Crayons

Glue and Tape (double sided is awesome)

Popsicle sticks

Pom poms


Wool and String

Ruler and pencil

Craft Knife and Scissors

Sometimes Used


googly eyes


Acetate sheets

Hole punch

Glue gun

Great if you have them


Embossing machine and folder

Cutting machine line Cricut Maker and Silhouette Cameo

Household items to Save 

*make sure these items are clean before you save them!


Plastic containers

Clear plastic lids

Toilet paper rolls


Fancy Paper like wrapping paper , magazines and napkins

Once you are all stocked up, here are some of our favorite crafts to help get you started! You can always visit our craft page and search for something else! 

I also Pin lots of stuff on  so take a look and follow me there ! 

We love to see photos of your crafts! Please share them on our social media and follow us Facebook, Instagram or through our Contact Us page!

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Mini Album and Brag Books Paper scrapbook Template

Steps to make 1 awesome brag book cover,spine and binding

You can easily buy a pre-made brag book, but why should ytou when it is not that hard to make your own.

The steps below are how I make my cover, spine and binding. I even threw in how to make my base page) These instructions are not the only method on how to construct a brag book and can be modified as you see fit so that different binding methods, types of base page and closures for covers can be used.

Some advantages of a pre-made brag book include:

There are advantages to purchasing a pre made brag book.

  • Come in many sizes and shapes
  • Make the process of making a brag book faster
  • The pages are sturdy
  • Finished book may look a little cleaner

Some disadvantages of a pre-made brag book include:

  • Does not offer the flexibility of sizes
  • Does not allow for custom pages
  • Does not allow for custom spine size
  • Does not look handmade just for you
  • If not readily available in your area, the shipping may turn out to be quite expensive

The brag book has 3 components:

  • The front and back cover
  • The spine
  • The binding.

The front and back cover:

The front and back covers are made up of three separate pieces

  • A sturdy inner piece,
  • the finishing outer cover
  • and the finishing inner cover.

So, it’s like a sandwich, the sturdy inner piece is sandwiched between two finishing pieces of paper.

Sturdy inner piece

For the sturdy inner pieces, you can use chipboard, cardboard or photo mats just to name a few possible materials.

My photo below is of photo mats that I have on hand and they work super well. The middle piece is the spine section: more about the spine later.

Steps to make brag book cover and spine
Steps to make brag book cover and spine

The outer and inner finishing covers are made from posterboard or heavy cardstock. Other possible material can be fabric, kraft wrapping paper or any other sturdy material.

Inner cover for brag book
Photo Mats cut to 9 inches long by 8 inches wide

Step one for front and back cover

Once you know what size you need for your brag book cut it out of your choice of sturdy material,

Step 2 for front and back cover

You now need to cut your material for finishing the front and inside of the cover.

The piece for the outer finished cover should be cut about 2 inches bigger all around than the cover , so if your cover is 8 in x 9 in your finished outer cover is cut 10 in x 11 in.

Step 3 for front and back cover

Apply adhesive to the sturdy cover and center it on the finished cover piece. Do this for both front and back covers.

outer cover for bragbook
Step 3: Front and back sturdy cover glued down

Step 4 for front and back cover

The edges that will not be connected to the spine can be mitered , folded and stuck down. That is to say, the top, bottom and outer edge of the cover.

Before we move on, let me quickly discuss the spine.

The spine size is determined by how many pages you will make and the amount of inserts each page will have.

What works for me, is to make all the pages first. Its seems like working backwards but it really does save you some frustration if you do it this way.

Base page

My base page is made up of two pieces of paper, one piece has 1/4 inch flaps to allow the two pieces to be attached together. It also allows for a space in between the two pages so that the page can be slip on to the binding ridge on open open end and can have a photo mat insert in the other open end if desired.

The photo below shows the 2 sections of a base page. You can also stick the two pages downto form a sturdier page and not have a photo mat insert. I use heavy cardstock of about 110 lb for these base pages.

Step to make base page

See an example of an insert here

View some of my other finished pages

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

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Once my pages and inserts are complete, I will then know how big my spine should be.

For example, I made a wedding brag book and I thought I could use the readymade book I bought from Michael. As you can see in the photo below, there are way too many inserts for this book to even begin to close. I ended up making my own cover and spine and the spine that was 7 inches vs the 2 inch one in the photo below.

Too Big? All PAges
Way too Big for the brag book!

With the spine piece, it is important that the following steps be followed

Step 1 for spine

Cut out the finishing cover piece 2 inch bigger than the spine sturdy cover.

Step 2 for spine

Glue the sturdy spine piece on to the finishing spine paper making sure it is centered.

Step 3 for spine

Place the front cover up against the spine so that it is sitting on top of the the extra 2 inches of paper of the spine. Do the same with the back cover.

Step 4 for spine

Turn the brag book over and glue down the extra paper onto the front and back of the book.

Step 5 for spine

Turn the brag book over so the inside is face up and fold the top and the bottom extra paper of the spine piece and glue in place

The inside finishing cover

The inside finishing cover is cut so that it is about /4 of an inch smaller that the finished brag book.

Glue the inner finishing cover down before attaching the binding and pages.

Binding and pages

The binding method I am using consists of a 5 x 8 paper scored at 2 inches and 3 inches. this means that I have 2 inch on either side of a 1 inch section. This one inch is the space that will be between each page.

binding for brag book
Binding for brag book

These binding pieces are glued together for the pages to be slipped on and be held in place.

binding are joined together

What the binding looks like joined together

The parts that are sticking up like ridges can be made smaller: 1 inch is the smallest I recommend as you want the pages to be well attached to the binding.

binding glued together

What the binding and pages look like with pages

pages slipped on binding

A closer look

closer look at how the binding is inserted in page

Top View

top view showing where the photo mat insert can go

Attach binding and pages to spine

To attach the binding to the spine and cover, use lots of adhesive. I also use vinyl before putting the adhesive tape to give some more strength to the binding as the pages will be under stress with continued opening and closing.

prepare the binding to attach to spine

Once the adhesive is applied, line up for pages so that they are on the spine and the extra flaps are on the front and back page.

I find that holding the pages together allow me to have the best view of aligning the pages to the edge of the spine.

best method to align

In the photo below you can see the binding attached to the spine and the overlap piece glued to the front and back inside cover. This sturdy method of joining the binding to the spine and cover will give your brag book a greater “shelf life” when you consider the wear and tear that will occur when the pages are opened and closed.

Evaluating projects Evaluation of files/projects Mini Album and Brag Books Paper scrapbook

Too Big? Guilty Me!

Is my Brag Book page 3 and 4 now too big?

This will always a concern and issue for me as I love to have interactive pages that pop , twist and fold and that adds bulk to the brag book.

The paper clips are taking up some space but really and truly if I am being honest with myself, I am at page 4 side 1 and we are starting to look like a stuffed turkey.

And by “we” I mean my brag book.

Two Fixes For The Page Too Big Dilemma

  • One solution is to make my own cover with larger spacing between pages: The one I am using is one that is premade from Michaels.
  • Second solution is to remove some of the flaps, folds and slots and tags. (crying face here)

Recap of all the “Too Big” Pages

A quick recap will show that all the previous pages are almost the same size but the bulk is adding up and the book is becoming too big. (I admit it)

Below are a few of the pages in this wedding brag book if you need to review.

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Page 3 Side 2 is Too BIG

This page is a double tri fold shutter page that closes up and flips to the side to reveal more flaps that open and reveal a large area for a photo.

Let us look at it this page one stage of opening at a time.

The Big Double Tri Fold Shutter Page

This double tri fold shutter is 8 inches long when closed up and opens up to be 31.5 inches long. (That Is BIG) My template is based on a great Youtube video

The spaces are great for embellishments, small photo booth sided photos and the center is perfect for a 4×8 photo.

This is the big page sitting in the brag book

Too Big? Pages for Page 3b and 4a
My Brag book is looking too thick and I may need to make a custom cover!

This is a closer view of the page

Too Big? double fold pull out
closer look at page

Remember that the paper clips are there as I need to place my magnets.

This page had so many paper clips that it interfered with the opening and closing when I wanted to take the photos!

I stuck some of the matting down and I am pretty sure I made a mistake!!!

Will have to wait and see what happens when I attach the magnets.

One side Of This Page Opened Up.

Too Big? Double fold opening
one side of double fold page opened.

The Double Tri Fold Shutter Page Closed

When the double tri fold shutter page is closed up again, it all flips to the left and there is a space for a photo on the back and to the right are 2 flaps.

It was supposed to be 4 flaps: One flap opening left , one flap opening to the right, one opening up and one opening down…… but I have to admit that the bulk was way too much.

These two flaps open and there is space on the page for another large photo.

Now this page does not seem to be large but the double tri fold shutter makes it a little bulky.

Too Big? double fold page opens
Big Double tri fold shutter closed up and the entire page flips open to left
Too Big? Flaps open for a photo mat
Big page has room for a big photo

Page 4 Side 1

This page 4 is a folio and I did not use lots of pockets or slots for tag but left the pages with large photo mats.

To start with the photo below is the folio page all closed up

Too Big? Pages 4

Next Photo shows the folio opened one time to show the one and only pocket which I will re-cut a little smaller.

Too Big? Pages 4 open onec

Big page opened a second time

This Page is long like all the other folios in this brag book: around 30 inches.

Too Big? Pages 4 open twicw
Note the matting can be changed around

The matting can still be be changed around. I have not yet decided on what I like. ( Feel free to comment here)

Too Big? Pages 4 open third time
Big Folio opened onephotos

Back of pages

The back of the folio will hold 2 large photos. ( the flower paper)

In a wedding brag book you really do want space for all the large photos.

Too Big? Pages 4 back pages
You have 3 full sized pages with mats for photos on the back of this folio
Too Big? Pages 4 folding up
closing it up again

Well that is it for these two pages: Page 3 side 2 and Page 4 side 1. That leaves us with Page 4 side 2, Page 5 and 6 side 1 and 2 and the back cover.

I am almost 100% sure I will need to make my brag book cover and base pages to fit what I have made so far as I love all the pages and DON’T WANT TO DOWNSIZE MY BOOK!!!!

Got that out of my system!

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