Sunday’s Top Ten Activities List
Children are always busy. They will find something to do even if it is just complaining that they don’t have anything to do. If we can help them find meaningful, quiet and appropriate activities for the Sabbath it will avoid leaving them to find their own activities, which often can be of the opposite kind that we would wish for Sundays. It proved to be the case for us. In our family of ten children we found that children who were not given structure could, and often do, get completely out of hand.
I would like to list about ten Sunday activities that worked in our family. Some of the activities we used took preparation, while others were less preparation intensive. The most popular with the children were ones where we participated with them.
Writing. Writing letters to family, friends or missionaries is a good activity. To prepare for this you just need some note cards and envelopes, or you can help them compose an e-mail. Along the same line Sunday is a good time to teach children that writing a thank you note for a gift is polite and expected. If they have received a gift, help them to compose a short thank you or if they are little have them draw a picture of thanks.
Art. The second activity is one of those the children love: Art activities. Make or get from the internet scripture character cut-outs. Help the children color them and make a story board for them. Perhaps they could give a short lesson for Home Evening the following night.
Interviews. Of course Sunday afternoons are a great time for parent interviews. Have some oneon one time with each child. Find out what is happening at school or play. Listen more than you speak. Children have a lot to say, especially when they have your undivided attention.
Planning Session. Family planning is a great activity for the Sabbath as well. You can plan the week, your vacation, a home night activity, or also do a calendar for the week. Let the children list the important events they are planning.
Food Fun. Sunday is a great day to let the children help you in food preparation, and table setting duties. In our family we would sometimes all get up from dinner and do the dishes and clean-up together. These were some of the most fun Sunday evenings we all remember.
Visiting. Visiting near-by family is a great activity. Take a desert to Grandma and Grandpa or an aunt or uncle. Have the children sing a song for them so they feel important.
Read. Read to them or have them read to you. Be sure to include scripture stories. If they go to the library, during the week have them pick out an appropriate book to save just for Sunday reading.
Tales. Tell them stories about their grandparents or great grandparents. Have them draw pictures about the story. You could invite one of their grandparents to tell them a story from their life, either in person or on the telephone.
Above all, make traditions! Any one of these activities that are done weekly will become a tradition. Remember children need structure and if we can keep them occupied and busy with meaningful and fun activities they will enjoy their Sabbath much more and so will we.
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