Quarterly activity day ideas
Sydney S. Reynolds, said this in The Sharing Time,
"Let Your Light Shine," Friend, Oct. 1999, 37:
"Recently Church members have been counseled to
not have children pretend to receive callings as full-time missionaries
or wear pretend missionary name tags. However, preparing for full-time
missions and being "member missionaries" is encouraged."
Talk to the children about the importance of missionaries
and why we have them in our Church.
Prophets have repeatedly said that every member
is a missionary, regardless of age.
Split the children into a few groups and rotate
to different areas doing some of the following activities:
Learn to make a meal-----kids
make their own peanut butter & jelly/honey sandwich (or cheese sandwich).
We put it in a lunch sack with carrots & chips & a treat....to
eat at the end of the activity
Learn to sew on a button or tie
a tie (we would use large cardboard buttons and yarn for the younger
Learn about a mission experience/culture
of where a missionary has served (or have local missionaries talk with
the kids about their personal experiences).
Learn to conduct: Younger
children: Sing song "I Hope They Call Me On a Mission". Older children:
teach them how to lead music to this song.
Scavenger hunt: 1. Matthew
7:25 (rock) 2. Psalms 102:11 (grass) 3. Jeremiah 8:8 (pen) 4. D & C
45:37 (leaves) 5. Mark 10:38 (cup) 6. Ezekiel 37:16-17 (stick) 7. Matthew
10:30 (hair) 8. Exodus 3:5 (shoes) 9. Moses 1:41 (book)
Mend a bicycle puncture:
You have to be able to fix your bike as a missionary
Missionary “dress up” relay:
The first person in each team to begin would run to the end of the cultural
hall where we will have clothes hanging on those portable coat racks and
they would have to put on every item of clothing that missionaries normally
wear on a day to day basis: white shirt, tie, suit coat and pants, socks,
shoes, trench coat, backpack, umbrella. Once every item is worn they would
have to run back to their team and quickly have the next team member wear
them and so on and on....
Write a letter/make a package
a missionary: Some things that missionaries appreciate and look forward
to getting are:
Make advents packet: A
package with 24 envelopes for each missionary. In each envelope was a Christmas
story or missionary thought or a letter from one of the children. The missionaries
reported that it was like advents they did at home. They had a letter a
day to look forward to and loved it. As far as something to make and take
home, perhaps a small ornament, like a painted or glittered star, an angel
or something depicting the nativity? This type of thing could be sent to
the missionaries and not be too big or costly.
Make a "necklace"/a bookmark :
Jr. and a bookmark for Sr. that was a candle and it said "let your light
Letters from anyone and everyone
Pictures of the people and local scenery back home
Food...if it can arrive before the mold and worms get
Koolaid is a good thing to send if the missionary is
in a foreign mission, ranch dressing mix is also good.
Missionaries love anything that reminds them of home....such
as....hats, T-shirts etc from the local sports team.
Phone cards (see if they can be used in the country
where they are serving)
The little green CTR rings that you can get from Distribution
(to give out to the little children)
Stamps (stateside only)
Sister missionaries love new pantyhose or trouser socks
Dr.Scholl's shoe inserts