Make the Pew More Fun than the Foyer. If we misbehaved, my parents would take us into an empty classroom and hold us firmly on their lap. Be consistent and follow through as you explain that you will hold them until they are ready to behave in sacrament meeting.
Walk the Walls. When my boy was really, really young and got restless, we would walk around the church looking at all the pictures of Jesus.
- http://ldscoloringpages.net/ has great gospel related print outs your children can color.
- A wonderful mother commented that she SIMPLIFIES and just hands out a notebook and pen to each child after the sacrament is over - less mess and works well!
- Create a picture book with old LDS magazine pictures or bring the Friend.
I made our own Gospel Lace-Up Cards using construction paper, colored pictures, hard laminate, a hole punch, and shoelaces.
|Here are some more example of various pages|
Church-related books. One suggestion online was to do a quiet activity like books before taking the sacrament and then bringing out the other activities and snacks after the sacrament.
I want to try the “Noah’s Ark Magnetic Fun Tin” on Amazon.
|Certain Puzzles keep Brayden focused and busy. I LOVE this Melissa & Doug alphabet puzzle. After lots of practice, he can now do it on his own. I'm sure as he gets older, we'll need to stop this, but when they are young it has helped.|
Sunday Stations. I watched my sis Michelle once set up stations after church where her kids could rotate through different activities ... like writing a kind note, watching a church video with special treats, calling grandparents, drawing a picture to paste in their journal, etc. The idea is to make the Sabbath Day exciting for them.
Fast Sunday Tablecloth To the right you can see my friend Jenn's special table cloth she puts out the Saturday night before Fast Sunday. This tradition is awesome for reminding children (who don't fast yet) about the purposes of fasting. Maybe you can get them excited by saying- after you get baptized, you get to fast like Mommy and Daddy.
Family Day. If an activity is helping our little family grow closer and be together than I think it’s a good thing!
What do you do for Sacrament Meeting & the Sabbath?!