Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Simple Sabbath Day Fun

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On occasion I will be posting some simple ideas to help children (and ourselves) keep the Sabbath day holy at home. Or you could use it in a Family Home Evening.

* Have a small picture of Jesus. Play hide and seek, the person hiding taking the picture with them. Instead of counting sing the song "If with all your hearts" (Children's Songbook pg. 15) while they hide. Once you find them, name something you do to seek Heavenly Father and our Savior.

* Play "win-lose-or-draw" counting your blessing style. With a small dry erase board each person can take a turn drawing a blessing that they are thankful for. You could also learn the song "Thank Thee for Everything" (Children's Songbook pg.10) by drawing words from the song on the board and guessing which word it is.

* Make a coffee filter flower garden. Using water colors, paint the filters, add stems and put together as a family garden. Talk about the creation. Sing this fun song "Little Purple Pansies" (Children's Songbook pg.244). You could even give your flowers to someone in the ward who needs a pick-me-up.

* Take an old pair of glasses and pop out the lenses. Cover the eye part with tinfoil. Have the children pick out different objects to look at with their glasses. Can they see anything? Take off the tinfoil, Aha! So it is with the Holy Ghost, he helps us to see things clearly! (D&C 8:2 "Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart."

Addendum: These are not intended to be rip-roaring-good-times-fun, just calm and peaceful activities to help remember gospel principles. Again, I use the word "simple".


MARCIA said...

Love the ideas. I never thought of sabbath day fun. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

this is great .. thanks!! always looking for new things for FHE & i hadn't thought about putting them together for sunday .. bonus ;)