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.
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.
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.
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.