In our church, kids ages 3-12 attend “Primary”. The person in charge of the Primary (Primary President) ensures that there are teachers in place for each class (for an hour the kids are split up by age groups), plans lessons for “sharing time” (the hour when all the kids are together), and helps everything run smoothly. Our Primary President is awesome. She recently did a Saturday activity for the kids called “CTR Airlines” (CTR= Choose The Right). For the invitations, she made airline tickets with all the details.
When we arrived, the kids checked in. They received their luggage and put their names on luggage tags.
The “airplane” consisted of rows of seats set up airplane style in the overflow area of the chapel. In the front, there was a TV. The Primary President showed a short video clip emphasizing each destination’s important before we arrived.
Armor Island was our first destination. Before arriving, we watched a bible video about the Armor of God. After the video, she announced we had landed, and everyone got off the plane and we walked to the Primary room. There were tables set up with paintable CTR shield cookies for the kids to decorate. As the kids decorated, they came around and stamped the kids passports.
Afterwards we got back onto the airplane. We were shown a video about the importance of prayer. They came around with snacks (goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, and water). Then we landed at Prayer Prairie. At this location, the kids painted prayer rocks.
Again, their passports were stamped and then we got back on to the plane. We were headed to our next destination, Service City. We watched this really sweet movie about a 13 year old boy who did a triathlon bringing his friend with cerebral palsy along with him.
At Service City, the kids helped sort broken crayons (which had been collected in the month prior to the activity) into different colors. The crayons would then be melted (by a non-profit organization) and made into new crayons to be given to local children’s hospitals.
We got back on to the plane and watched a short video about Paul telling the importance of heeding the Holy Ghost’s guidance. Then we arrived at our final destination, Obedience Beach. This was outside, and consisted of water balloons, sprinklers, and a homemade dunk tank. The kids had lots of fun.
I can’t take credit for any of these ideas, but I wanted to share them to help inspire others to throw fun activities for the kids in their churches!