This is a list of over 100 activities that can be done on Sundays. Many of the activities came from a list printed in Church News in 1983. All
of them may not apply to your circumstances. Also, there might be some that you may not
even feel would even be appropriate for the way your family worships on the Sabbath.
We suggest that after you look through this list, that you print it out and more carefully
read over the ideas and suggestions. Mark the ones that you might be interested in doing
sometime. Ask other family members to do the same. Perhaps everyone could put their
initials next the ideas that they are interested in. Then on a Sunday or in Family Home Evening, go over your list all together and decide
which things you are going to do this next week.
Make specific plans for your Sundays in advance. A bishop needs to plan what is
going to take place in Sacrament Meeting, and teachers need to prepare their lessons for
Sunday. But we have a more important stewardship in our homes than any of these good
people! It would be good if we as parents, would prepare for what will go on there on
Sunday. A sacred Sabbath starts before Sunday morning.
- Children and adults could read church magazines from cover to cover.
- Prepare future talks or lessons.
- Use crock pot recipes to cut down on extra cooking.
- Prepare Family Home Evening lessons for the next day.
- Visit those you know who are in the hospital.
- Attend temple classes.
- Invite someone who may be unable to cook for themselves such as an elderly person or
shut-in, to share dinner with your family, or take dinner to them.
- Make a list of members who may need a ride to sacrament meetings. Invite them to
ride with you.
- Surprise someone in need with a visit.
- Find a unique way to help a family that hasn't been to church in a long time.
- Have family scripture study. Younger children may want to draw representational
pictures beside their favorite scriptures. This will enable them to find the same
scripture and remember what it was about in the future.
- Visit the temple grounds as a family or bring a non-member friend.
- Watch the movies inside the Temple Visitors Center or take a tour.
- Give time to a nursing home or to others who may need help reading letters from
loved ones or writing them.
- Re-visit families on your Home and Visiting teaching routes who may need to be
- Utilize time together in the car or at dinner to discuss what each family member
learned at Church that day.
- Watch videos from the Mormon Messages chanel on YouTube.
- Rest and reflect on what was taught in Church classes.
- Listen to scripture recordings or view scripture videos.
- Read material that is Church-oriented or uplifting.
- Watch broadcasts of BYU Devotionals and bookmark some to watch throught the week.
- Read children's scripture story books to them. Visit the ward library and find out
what is available to check out.
- Pair children up in separate rooms together with games or books, etc. This allows
each child time to build a one-on-one relationship with each of his/her brothers and
sisters. Partners are rotated each Sunday.
- While children are spending special time together, Mom and Dad can spend time
together or perhaps make an unusual or creative breakfast for the children.
- Label and catalogue the family picture journal (photos, slides or online photo albums of the family.)
- Have a simple and short music lesson. Familiarize children with music symbols and
words. Teach them how to lead music.
- Prepare stories about your children to tell them.
- Tell children stories of when you were their age.
- Have grandma or grandpa tell stories about themselves or the lives of other
- Record or write down these stories for remembrance or journals.
- Decorate special jars for tithing and mission funds.
- Take a walk as a family. Discuss the blessing Heavenly Father has given us through
- Invite married family members home for a visit or go visit them.
- Decorate a Sunday "Things to Do" box and fill it with ideas. Draw one out
each Sunday to do.
- Plan and rehearse a family musical recital.
- Perform the recital at a nursing home or children's hospital.
- Make shadow portraits or silhouettes of family members or of the prophets. Include
them in scrap books or use to decorate cards.
- Record a special program for a missionary or loved one far away. Include talks,
stories and songs.
- Make phone calls or write letters to those special friends and loved ones to let
them know you're thinking of them.
- Prepare home or visiting messages for the month.
- Compose an original song expressing a lovely thought or deed. Encourage children to
express themselves also.
- Develop greater love and appreciation for music by listening to great works.
- As a family, invent a design, crest, emblem or logo to display on a family banner.
When it is complete, unfurl it during family home evenings or other special family
- Practice a skill such as knitting, etc. Make a gift for a friend.
- "Adopt" a friend. Select someone special.
- Select a country to become familiar with. Learn about the LDS customs in that country. Invite return missionaries to participate.
- Customize copies of the Book of Mormon for the missionaries to give out by marking
important scriptures and adding your personal testimony.
- Produce a puppet show depicting a historical Church event.
- Dramatize events from the Bible and Book of Mormon with family members. Be sure to
dress for your parts.
- Form a rhythm band to help younger children learn the music to hymns and Primary
- Construct an "I'm Grateful For..." mobile to hang in children's rooms.
- Take turns role playing and acting out stories.
- Make a set of paper dolls representing the members of your family. Use them in
flannel board stories or at Family Home Evening to demonstrate proper reverence, behavior
at Church, manners and attitudes.
- Have each family member make a personal scrap book. Include pictures, important
letters, certificates, school and Primary papers.
- Make some kind of book. Write a story inside with a good moral. Illustrate it and
then make a tape recording, complete with sound effects and music. Younger children may
then look and listen to the book themselves.
- Record children setting goals for the year and share feelings or
testimonies. Save the recordings for a year and then listen to them.
- Compose some poetry or write a story.
- Write letters, thank-you cards, get-well and thinking-of-you notes.
- Make family progress charts, achievement cards and award certificates.
- Use salt dough or clay or construct a nativity scene, Liahona, or other Church
artifact. Use your imagination.
- Learn the missionary lessons (you never know when you may need them).
- Make puzzles from pictures in old Church publications.
- Clip and file favorite articles from Church publications for future reference.
- Explore the youth.lds.org website
- Make personalized, handmade cards for birthdays, I love you, thinking-of-you or
- Remember birthdays for the upcoming week of ward members, Church leaders,
relatives, etc. Mark them on a calendar as a reminder to call or mail a personalized card.
- Make a scroll story with butcher paper and two sticks.
- Plan a family service project. Ask your bishop for ideas.
- Invent a Church-related game or play one you may already have.
- Study religious history.
- Make dot-to-dot pictures of objects like the golden plates or the start of
Bethlehem to keep little ones quietly entertained.
- Memorize scriptures, hymns, stories , or poems.
- Read a good play as a family. Have each member assume one or more parts.
- Have each member of the family take turns reporting on a General Authority,
prophet, bishop or other Church leader. Tell stories and display or draw pictures.
- Have a story swap. Each member of the family must have a story of courage or valor
to swap about a relative, Church leader or famous person.
- Listen to podcasts of conference or talks of the General Authorities.
- Practice playing or singing hymns.
- Look at books containing great works of art with children. Discuss each painting
- Set missionary goals whether they are full-time, ward or personal.
- Invite a family in the ward you would like to know better to your home for a family
- Set genealogy goals.
- Have personal family interviews.
- Write a family song or cheer.
- Write a family newsletter to send to friends and relatives.
- Write a giant letter to the missionaries from your ward. Each person writes his
letter on the same large piece of butcher paper.
- Plan family outings, picnics, camp outs, vacations, and holidays.
- Make a picture book for each family member. Include pictures of themselves at
different ages, other family members, and special events.Take a few minutes to plan next Sunday's activities. Decide what must be done
during the week to prepare for it.
- Plan a family "Goodwill" day where you clean the house and garage in search
of items to donate.
- Record Church meetings for members who usually are unable to attend.
- Practice reverence with children by sitting quietly for a short period of time.
Listen to quiet music or conference tapes.
- Play this game or make up a variation. Cut the Articles of Faith and several
scriptures which have been memorized by players into words. Mount the cut words on cards.
Deal six cards to each player and put the rest into a draw pile. Take turns starting a
scripture or Article of Faith. As each player takes his turn, add an appropriate card from
your hand to your own and the other players' sentences. If you do not have a card that can
be played, discard one card to the bottom of the draw pile and take a new one. If drawn
card is still inappropriate, pass. Winner is the fist one to use all the cards in his or
- Play the Scripture Hunt game. Each player takes a different page of scriptures.
After reading that page, each player then writes a one sentence question, the answer to
which is found somewhere on the page. At the signal, swap pages and questions. The first
player to locate the correct answer to his question is the winner.
- Play Hang Man, or Word Scramble on chalk boards. Use Church-related words.
- Learn some new finger plays with the children.
- Have a memory jolt (quiz) contest. See what is remembered from last Sunday.
- Make your own filmstrip stories. Dip an old filmstrip in bleach for a few minutes.
When the emulsion is loose, rinse the film under running water (do not touch the bleach).
Wipe dry and then add your own pictures with permanent colors.
- Select a talent you would like to develop. Set some goals to help you achieve the
talent and then work toward developing it.
- Each Sunday, feature a different family member in a "Why I Love
You"spotlight. Display a picture and a hobby or craft of that person in a prominent
place for a week. Write a brief history of the member and list all of their qualities and
- To encourage family to know who the current prophets and apostles are, photocopy
their picture from the center of the conference issue of the Ensign. Make enough copies
for half the members of your family. Play a simple game by putting a small treat (M&M,
small marshmallow or nut, etc.) on each individual's picture. Divide into partners. One
partner decides which one of the individuals pictured is going to be "it", and
either writes it down, or tells mom or dad. The other partner tries to not name who
was picked. He will call each apostle or member of the First Presidency by name.
("Was it President Thomas S. Monson?") For every person he names who was not the name picked, he gets to eat the treat. Once the person picked is named, the other
partner gets to eat all the remaining treats. (BTW, our children call this game
"Don't Eat the Prophet.") :-)
- Keep a notebook with a section for each child to use for interviews. At our house,
an interview consists of us meeting one-on-one with the children, and asking them,
"Okay. What would you like to talk about? What would you like help with? What would
you like to see done differently around here? What would you like to have happen in the
next week or so? Is there anything you want or need that isn't being taken care of?"
Take careful notes of what is discussed, and follow through during the week. At the end of
the interview, mom or dad might then have a request for the child such as, "It would
mean a lot to me if you would work on (whatever) during the week." Because they have
had their concerns listened to, they are usually very willing to work on our concerns.
Review the children's list with them during the next interview, so they can see that you
did what they asked where you could.
- Study the General Conference addresses as a family, so that everyone knows what
counsel our living prophets are currently giving us. Determine what you are going to do in
your home as a family to implement their counsel.
- Appoint yourselves to the unofficial Ward Welcoming Committee. When a new family
comes to church, show up at their house later that day with a plate of cookies and a note
saying who you are, prepared in advance. Make it a point to check with the quorum and
Relief Society secretaries to find out the names and addresses of new people in the ward.
Sometimes just one person or family can make all the difference between people feeling
unwelcome, and having them feel, "Gosh! This ward is so friendly!" Be that one
person or family.
- Have an object lesson contest in your family. Pick one or two items around the
house - any simple tool or item - and have everyone come up with story about how that item
can illustrate a gospel principle. --Leslie North
- One of the things we have tried is that my mother gave us a scripture to memorize
and a topic. With that topic we had to write a short 5 min talk. We could use the
scripture that we had memorized, (it was usually related). The older kids would help the
younger kids. Then after a set amount of time, we would all give our talks to each other.
Mom has kept these talks in a binder for our use if we ever had to give talks in church.
It was neat to see how much we could learn about a certain topic, and it is neat to watch
the younger kids grasp on to the gospel, and be able to memorize scriptures and testify of
their truthfulness. --Heidi Scott
- We hold our lesson for Family Home Evening on Sundays. Then on Monday, we plan a
fun activity or a "field trip", like going to the library, the park, etc. These
are things and/or places we wouldn't go to or do on Sunday. This has worked wonders in our
home for having regular Family Home Evening. --Brent Gadberry
- Bake cookies for an elderly couple or a less active family in your ward. Leave
them on a pretty plate on their doorstep ring the doorbell and run. --Christian Larson