We can all pretty much agree that until kids reach a certain age, no matter what you do, they aren’t going to be 100% into the message being given at Church. That is why I am writing this post today. To share with you the things I do to keep kids busy at church.
The idea is simple.. Keep them distracted from making a distraction. To do this, I employ the following tools:
Snacks – A busy mouth is a quiet mouth. Give them grapes in a bag, cheese cubes, or any other small, quiet, and non-messy treat. Candy is not off limits for us. Skittles and M&M’s make great church snacks. Our rule with snacks is that they must wait until after Sacrament has passed and if they aren’t reverent during sacrament then they don’t get the snack reward.
Books/Magazines – I keep multiple books and magazines in my Church bag at all times. Examples: The Friend, Book of Mormon Stories, etc.. Picture books are especially good for little ones. These tools keep kids busy at Church without making them disctractions.
Coloring Pages – Every parent should carry crayons and coloring paper with them. Even older children can get involved. Give them blank paper and challenge them to draw the speaker.
I Spy – This is a little game I like to play with my children. I “spy” something in the church and they must tell me what it is. For older ones, you could think about making some lists ahead of time including things like red tie, purple dress, man with glasses, etc and as they see them, mark them off.
Small Toys – Some of my kids favorite church toys are small cars and small characters. They do not make noise, are easily transportable, and keep kids busy at church so I am free to listen to the messages.
Puzzles – I use puzzles to keep my kids busy at church. They are small, quiet, and can be done alone or with the other kids helping.
What are some things you do to help keep your kids busy at church?