{Primary} 2017 LDS Primary Birthday Gift Idea

As you may know by now, next year’s LDS Primary theme is “Choose the Right”. I am not currently serving in a Primary Presidency (I was released a month or so ago), but I know that Primary Presidencies are always looking for fun and inexpensive LDS Primary Birthday Gift ideas for the Primary kiddos. As I was thinking of ideas and trying to tie in the theme I had a thought of letting the children ‘choose’ their own prize! After some thinking I came up with ‘Choose the Right’ Birthday scratch cards! They’re easy to make AND I have some printables that I am sharing today to help you create your very own!

LDS Primary Birthday Scratch Cards

As you can see in the picture above, I have a cute gum tag as well as my Choose the Right Birthday Scratch Card.ย I thought it would be fun to give the children gum or some other ‘chewy’ treat and a scratch card. Just put a few pieces of gum into a clear baggie tie it and attach this cute tag, easy peasy!

.I decided to leave the bottom blank, but I left space for you to write in your own little message. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have the children ‘scratch’ their cards either during opening exercises, so all the other children can see what their prize is OR have them wait until the end of Primary.

Some of the prizes that could be: pencils, bracelets (have you seen those rubber ones with ‘Choose the Right’?), bookmarks, Bishop Treat, or something else.


Choose the Right Birthday Scratch Card

The gum tag is pretty self-explanatory, so let’s talk about those cute ‘scratch’ cards. I have seen them all over Pinterest, and LOVE them! I was surprised at how easy they are to make…2 simple ingredients! Really!

Choose the Right LDS Birthday Gift Idea

Well, I guess the supplies is more than 2 things, but to make the ‘scratch’ paint you only need 2 things.

First, you will need to print out my ‘Choose the Right Scratch Cards’ (link below) onto cardstock. I left the shield emblems blank on the actual printable because everyone’s prizes will be different. But just write in the prizes with a pen, and you’re good to go. Make sure to mix it up, so the prizes aren’t in the same places all the time.


Grab a white crayon and color over ALL of the prize spaces.

LDS Primary Birthday Gift Ideas

Color each of those cute little shields…then brush off those little bits of crayon shavings, because you don’t want those sticking around. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for the ‘scratch’ paint. For this you will mix 1ย partย of liquid dish soap and 2 parts acrylic paint (just your every day craft paint). I think a metallic silver paint would look AWESOME, but I didn’t have any laying around, so I used yellow.

Mix the soap and paint together and then paint over each of the shields. You will have to paint 2-3 coats to make sure it is covered, and so the children can’t see the words underneath.


DIY LDS Primary Birthday Cards

You can create a stencil or just paint it on by hand. I did the first one with a stencil and the rest of them by hand.

Let the solution dry completely. Then cut into cards and put them in your Primary closet! Be sure to have some pennies in there as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰



As I was typing up my post I wanted to double check the amounts of the ‘scratch solution’, but as I was searching around I found another way that you could make your ‘scratch cards’, and I’m thinking if you’re going to do this for Primary…I might do it this new way.

I found a great tutorial on Oopsey Daisy, HERE, where she uses contact paper. You get a big sheet and paint the entire sheet with your scratch solution. THEN you cut out the shields and then place them on the cards. I think it would go quite a bit faster this way, and it would look a little nicer. I am going to give this way a try and seeย which I like better.

UPDATE: I gave the contact paper a try, and really like that method, but either way works great. ๐Ÿ™‚

LDS Primary Birthday Gift Idea

Do you like my 2017 Choose the Right LDS Primary Birthday Gift idea? I know I would have loved these as a kid!

As promised, I have printables for you to create your very own ‘birthday scratch cards’. I have 2 different scratch cards to choose from and my ‘Chews the Right’ gum tags. Just use the link below to download and print.


Click HERE to print my 2017 LDS Primary Birthday Gift printables!

You can also download my LDS Primary Birthday Printables, HERE!


I hope you enjoy my LDS Primary Birthday Gift ideas, and use them in your Primary. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!



Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! โ™ฅ


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  1. Tieri

    I always look forward to getting emails updates on new ideas especially for Primary. I’ve used some of your ideas and implemented also with our ideas and it has worked miracles and wonders and we get to enjoy the activities with our Primary children. I’m grateful to you and many other sisters that have taken time to share these wonderful ideas with Primary Presidents all over the world. Thanks so much. Love from Fiji xoxo

    1. Thank you so much, Tieri, for your kind comment. I am so glad to hear that you like the ideas that I share and have implemented them into your lessons. Maybe one day I’ll make my way to Fiji and visit you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Melody Taylor

    Hi ? I love this idea and will be giving this a go to put forth to my councilors.
    Thanks so much ?

    1. Thank you, Melody! I’m so glad to hear that you like the idea. I thought it would be fun. ?

  3. Kristen

    What a fun and creative idea! Sent to my primary president. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and talents. I often use your printables and ideas in my sharing time lessons.

    1. Thanks, Kristen! I thought it was fun and I figured the children would love the scratch cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kristi M

    Our presidency loves this idea. I did the contact paper method with silver paint for my sister’s gender reveal cards a few years ago and it worked like a charm. Our primary will love it!

    1. Thanks Kristi! I went and bought some contact paper and tears it out and liked the results. It was also a lot easier to be able to paint the whole sheet. ?

  5. Susanne

    Hello!!! I just got called to presidency, will you still do sharing time ideas?!!! I was excited to use your great ideas?!! Thanks!!

    1. Hi Susanne! Yes, I will do my best to still post Sharing Time ideas. ? Glad you are liking the ideas.

  6. Cute idea that goes along with the theme!

  7. Frannie

    Fun ideas!! What are those lil’ gum balls called??…drawing a blank here.

    1. The ones in the picture are called ‘Tear Jerkers’, that is all I happened to have laying around. haha Is that what you were referring to?

  8. Dusty

    The Chews the Right are such a cute Idea!! I can’t get the link to download the printable. Anyone having problems with this?

    1. Hi Dusty! I’m so happy to hear that you like my ‘Chews the Right’ printables. I just emailed the file over. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Annete

    How do I print on the shields?

    1. What shields are you referring to? The only printable I have is for the cards. Then you paint either right onto the card itself or onto contact paper. ?

  10. Jen

    This is the cutest idea! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  11. Catherine Anderson

    Where did you find the packaged gumballs?

    1. Hi Catherine! I found the gum at a local store here in Idaho called King’s. It’s Tear Jerker gum, which you might be able to find on Amazon. ?

  12. Thank you so much! The kids are going to love this one.

    1. I would have LOVED these as a child, so I figured other children would enjoy them as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Katie

    I LOVE this idea!!! Will you send me the link to print off the “Chew the right” cards?