Visiting Teaching Surprise Snowball

 The December 2011 Visiting Teaching message talks again about an “extensive sphere of action” – how as we serve in our homes and communities, we have great influence on those around us. To illustrate this sphere, I made a “Surprise Snowball” with elements of the message (in treat form) wrapped inside layers of crepe paper.

These are all the things I tucked inside the snowball: a pencil for marking scriptures (although I would recommend a much shorter pencil to fit in the snowball better!), some yeast symbolizing how we can magnify (or increase) our service in callings, a globe ornament ball signifying our influence in the world, pretzels as folded arms in prayer, sunflower seeds as faith, gift chocolates as the gifts and talents we have to share with others, and a candy bar to make the foundation of a “home”.

Here they are with all their tags attached.

I started out by putting the gift chocolates in a small box along with the discussion question. On the lid I taped a quote from the message. (You could also make a toilet paper roll pillow box if you don’t have boxes on hand)

Then I started wrapping and wrapping the box with crepe paper, and adding each surprise after every few layers. (You can get the instructions for the globe ornament here. I used an old atlas for my paper strips.)

At the end of the snowball (are you loving the pencil sticking out of it? ;), I taped this tag to the top layers. I then wrapped the whole thing in some cellophane and tied it up with ribbon and the snowball tag.

I thought it would be fun to give a gift and the Visiting Teaching message all in one sweet package. Hope you enjoy this, and have a wonderful holiday season!

You can download the Surprise Snowball tags below:





Spanish (You can also download the snowball instructions in Spanish.)

Thank you so much to my translators: Birgitta, Blanche, Christine, Ana Carolina and Delmy!

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18 Responses to Visiting Teaching Surprise Snowball

  1. Diane says:

    What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much! May you and your’s have a very blessed Christmas season.

  2. Mutti says:

    Another fun idea! So many thanks and wishes for a wonderful Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Emily says:

    Thanks for the idea loved it…

  4. Sarah Baker says:

    Your VT ideas are the best, you’re so creative!!

  5. Jeanette Campbell says:

    What a great idea Sue. May I borrow it for my VT sisters? The basic idea got me thinking about coming up with something for my non-LDS neighbors. I enjoy giving and receiving gifts that creative.

  6. Mary Nay says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I am going to use this to pass out to all my friends as a little Christmas gift.

  7. Sarah says:

    Thanks for sharing your talents, you are blessing many with a very far reach!

  8. Megan says:

    You are amazing and once again I am inspired by your visiting teaching message! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Shannon Gish says:

    I never think you can top the previous idea and you always do. Thank you for inspiring us.

  11. Megan says:

    Thanks so much for this! I posted about your idea and other visiting teaching ideas this month here:

  12. Susan Kilshaw says:

    Thanks so much for this idea. I’m using it for my sisters this month.

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  14. Krystal says:

    I love this idea! I bought the stuff needed today to put these together for my sisters. You are so very creative! (I found your blog through Pinterest) I look forward to seeing many of your other creative ideas!

  15. Cassi says:

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  16. Josiane says:

    Thankyou so much for all these ideas, especially for the translations. This is the first lds site I found with french downloads. And I’m so gratefull about it. Thanks again !!

    • Kristin says:

      You’re welcome – and glad you appreciate the French translations. I will let Christine, our French translator know!

  17. Maricela says:

    Love your ideas and I thank you for all of them. I have been making them since the beginning of 2012. You are a great help to me.
    God bless you.

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