10 Sunday-appropriate activities to beat boredom

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Sundays with kids don't always seem like a day of rest, but more like a day of keeping kids entertained during church hours and downtime at home. Here are some ideas that will put a little more pep in your Sunday step.

Sundays with kids don’t always seem like a day of rest, but more like a day of keeping kids entertained during church hours and downtime at home. Here are some fun activities that will put a little more pep in your Sunday step.                                       (Photo courtesy of Janelle Phipps)

Sunday is a day of rest, but for kids, (and let’s be honest, adults too,) it can quickly turn into a day of boredom. Here are some meaningful boredom-busting activities for you and your family to do before you all drive each other crazy.

Getting outside on a sunny Sunday can lift moods and beat boredom. (Photo courtesy of Kim Christenson)

Getting outside on a sunny Sunday can lift moods and beat boredom. (Photo courtesy of Kim Christenson)

1. Get outside

Being outdoors is one of the best mood-boosting activities you can do. Take a family walk around the neighborhood. If you have young children, make  it a “nature walk” and invite each child to pick out an item in nature (a leaf, flower, or bug if you’re daring) to put in a bag and have a little “show and tell” with the family when you get home.

2. Play family trivia

Come up with a list of trivia questions about your family and some about you and your spouse from before you had children, and have your kids guess the answers.  Come up with a prize for the winner. Or, for older kids, have everyone in the family write down something they have done or something about themselves that no one else in the family knows. Put all the papers in a basket and have one person read out each one and have everyone guess who it belongs to. My family plays this game at family reunions, and we are always laughing and sometimes in shock over some of the things we learn about each other.

3. Do scripture charades

As a family, come up with different scripture stories and write the names of them on pieces of paper. Take turns individually acting out the stories and guessing which ones they are.

4. Break out the aprons

Pick a new treat recipe for your family to make together, then deliver some to a neighbor and enjoy some as a family while talking about the happiness service brings to others and ourselves.

Cooking a new recipe with your family is a great way to pass the time in a fun way.

Cooking a new recipe with your family is a great way to pass the time in a fun way. (Photo courtesy of AJ Leavitt)

5. Send letters

Take some time to write some good old-fashioned letters to family members or friends who are far away. Smaller children can draw and decorate pictures.

6. Take a trip down memory lane

Break out the family photo albums, baby books, home videos and memento boxes and enjoy the laughs and nostalgia of looking back in time together.

7. Surf the web (Sunday style)

Go to LDS.org and watch some of the scripture video clips and Mormon Messages the church has to offer. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, film your own family “Mormon Message” or scripture story clip. Kids will enjoy being the stars of their own video and sharing it with their friends.

Consider coming up with a family motto and creating an inspiration board as a meaningful Sunday activity. (Photo courtesy of Janelle Phipps)

Consider coming up with a family motto and creating an inspiration board as a meaningful Sunday activity.          (Photo courtesy of Janelle Phipps)

8. Set goals

Take some time to make individual and family goals. You might consider coming up with a family motto that will help you and your children in tough situations like “Phipps are Brave” (see photo to the left) or “Smiths always choose to be kind,” or something similar. Write down your goals and put them in a visible place as a daily reminder. Children might enjoy making their own inspiration boards to keep them on track.

9. See the temple

Go to your nearest temple grounds and visitor’s center to enjoy the gardens and talk with the missionaries about temple and missionary work.

10. Invest in future Sundays

Make a simple “Sunday Can” like this one to let kids pick out something to do when you hear the inevitable “I’m booored.”  You might consider throwing in “go give mom a shoulder massage” or “surprise dad and tidy up your toys” suggestions. Customize your jar to fit your own family’s ages and preferences.

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Kim calls Utah Valley home, but she spent her high school years in Australia, where she learned to drive on the other side of the road and tolerate Vegemite. Since earning an English degree at BYU, Kimberly has worked for Covenant Communications, Utah Valley Magazine, Daily Herald and Eat My Words. When she isn't writing, Kim loves traveling, teaching Pilates, and spending time with her husband and three children. Read more from Kim at talkingwordy.com.

4 Comments

  1. Ron Larter Reply

    What about keeping the Sabbath Day holy? One of the above activities seems inappropriate for Sunday, such as ‘getting out the aprons’. Are we not told to keep cooking to a minimum on Sundays, i.e. only do the main meal?

    1. Mark Reply

      Are we Pharisees or Sadducees? Should we count how many steps we take on the sabbath to make sure we aren’t breaking the law of the sabbath? Like most things, we are taught principles and each member and family must choose for themselves. Personally, I find Ron’s view a bit on the extreme side, but if that’s how he chooses to worship, and it works with his conscience, so be it.

      We find cooking with our young children an entirely appropriate Sunday activity. It is something that is active and creative, can be done together, can be a service to others (cookies for neighbors) and something where kids can get involved and see tangible results of their efforts and gets the away from asking to watch TV/movies etc (which we choose to avoid on Sundays to make room for family time).

  2. Kate Reply

    Seriously! Are you one of those “Utah Mormons” who give the rest of us a bad rap?! Nice Christian attitude! “Don’t serve others!” “It’s Sunday”! Please move on! Mormons are Christian and Serve at the Pleasure of Our Lord and Savior! Get over your narrow mindedness!

  3. Kate Reply

    My apologies to “Utah Mormons” who aren’t so rigged! Please forgive me for lumping you in with others! I Respect and Love All my Brothers and Sisters there in your Great State! xo

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