2.01.2011

Cutting the Chaos...its back!!

Ok, its been a while, but we are back!! I can't guarantee I will be posting a Cutting the Chaos post every week, but I'm going to do my best!!
One of the things we focused on in our Family Home Evening last night was making the Sabbath Day in our home more holy. I have been excited to put in place an idea I have had for quite a while....introducing the Sunday Bucket!!!
This bucket is full of activities my kids can do on Sundays. We ONLY pull out this bucket on Sunday, and I really think that helps keep it special and something to look forward too. I am always on the look out for things to add to the bucket, but some of its contents right now are:
Coloring books of the bible with crayons
The Primary Songbook CD
A binder with all the Gospel Art kit pictures in it
A Noah's Ark matching game
Book of Mormon floor puzzle/book
Pictures I printed from The Friend to color
Latest issues of the Friend magazine
Book of Mormon Bingo
Articles of Faith game
LOTS of book about Bible stories and Jesus
Book of Mormon Eye Spy Game
Sunday Quiet Book
and so much more!! :)
Many of these things I have gotten for SUPER cheap at Seagul Book in their clearance section. Other things I have gotten at the Distribution center and some I have made myself.

To go along with our Sunday Bucket I also made a little CTR jar for our family...always reminding us to Choose the Right to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. In this jar I put different ideas for activities we can do on Sunday. Each week the kids pick one out and that is what we do. I love doing this because the kids get SO excited to see what they will pick, and it also ensures that we don't end up doing the same activities and have the kids get sick of them.

Here is a list of some of the activities in the jar:

Go for a Walk (weather permitting:)

Act out favorite Scripture Story

Color a Sunday Picture for Grandparents

Play Sunday Games on the computer

Listen to our favorite Primary Songs

Pick a game from the Sunday Bucket

Play with Sunday Quiet Book

Watch a Sunday Movie (The Testaments, etc)

There are many more things, these are just a few. I have been thrilled with the Spirit that has been in our home that last few Sundays. Of course it is not perfect, but it does feel like a different day, just as it should. Cutting the Chaos and making Sunday's a more holy day in our home has been a huge blessing....what do you do with your young ones on Sunday's??

8 comments:

Lindsey

oh my heck that is the cuties idea. I LOVE IT!

Cara and Mike

I LOVE this. And yes.. I will be making one! :) Thank you so much for the idea!

A.Vang

Super duper idea! I have needed a way to try and make Sunday more special for a long time. This idea is fantastic! Thank you for sharing it! (your kids are DARLING!)

Anonymous

Thanks for sharing. I want to make one of these too.

Anonymous

i followed over from sisters' stuff, not LDS, but love this idea and went right out to start collecting books and card games for my bucket

Sharon

just found this post from sugardoodle .. i LOVE this idea!! we've been working on changing our Sundays & i think this will help out aLOT! thank you!

Lauralee

I say this on Sugardoodle, and love this idea! My kids are a bit older but can still benefit from this bucket and I know will help them focus on what is more important! Thank you for the reminder!

Moments formoms

I'm planning on something similar once I leave,and it's just me and my son,& the dogs :). I believe the Sabbath is on Saturday and want to keep it Holy. My sons dads family on the other hand aren't good people even though they claim to be so I unfortunately can't do anything while we're here. I have a lot of the same ideas. We have Bible games I bought off Amazon and we lost the prayer dice,but I plan on getting another one. I gave away his coloring books to my niece,since he doesn't color much,but they're from the dollar tree so I plan on getting some and seeing what other activities they have too when I go. We have books,and I plan on getting more and mayhe a journal for him now that he's learning to read and write quite well. I print out activity sheets for Christmas and Easter but will probably have some for the bucket as well. We have a couple small puzzles from oriental trading,and a couple Bible figures from the dollar tree. I have veggie tales movies,(which he loved when he was about a year old,then his dads family,when my son was 1 keep in mind,told him that it's stupid and spongebob was funny.) ugh!! I still have a bunch of the movies,but I'll probably stick with Netflix which has a lot of good options until we find something worth spending money on. I really wish there were video games for kids & teens geared towards God,but sadly it's just the opposite. I know there are a lot of activities and I'm excited to find them,as well as being more spiritual about help others,which is an everyday thing not just Sabbath day. I thought about doing a garden but remembered the story of the people I believe by Moses being told not to plant even though it was the literal perfect day for it because God wanted it to be a day of rest. I don't think there'd be anything wrong with planting a different day,and just upkeep with the watering on Saturday and being thankful for the opportunity to have fresh fruits/veggies/herbs or beautiful looking and smelling flowers that feed the bees that keep us alive. Sorry this was long. Love your ideas. :)