If you are an Activity Day For Boys Leaders you are in the right place. Planning activities doesn’t have to hard! We’ve compiled a great list of activities to help them have well-rounded experiences.
The purpose of Primary Activity Days is to help boys and girls ages 8-11 live gospel principles, develop testimonies, build friendships and prepare to receive the Aaronic Priesthood or become righteous Young Women.
The groups are divided into boys and girls and each group has its own set of leaders.
Remember, Primary Activity Days can help your child feel more confident in his ability to interact with others and develop lasting friendships. These are important in helping this age group develop a love of the gospel and start the habit of coming to church activities that will help them as they join the Young Men program.
We have previously written this post with lots of ideas for activity days, but we’ve had some requests that are boy-specific, so hopefully this list will be helpful to those looking for that. And yes, girls can certainly enjoy these, too 😉
Need some ideas for older youth? Check out this post for TONS of Latter-day Saint Youth Mutual Activity ideas.
How to plan a Primary Activity Days Activity
Choose activities that will help the children develop good gospel habits. You want the Primary children to enjoy coming to Activity Days but remember to have a purpose in each activity.
Choose activities that could fall into the following categories:
- Learning and living the gospel
- Serving others
- Developing talents
- Preparing for the Priesthood or Young Women
Following the Children’s Guide book can also help you plan meaningful activities. Choose activities that fall into each category:
- Spiritual Growth
- Social Growth
- Physical Growth
- Intellectual Growth
Use your imagination, get creative and plan activities that those kids will love, remember and that will help them gain a testimony of the gospel.
Although the Church no longer participates in Boy Scouts of America, a lot of leaders like to use the guidebooks and ideas that can be found online to help plan activities these days as well.
Primary Activity Days For Boys Ideas
1. Pinewood Derby Races.
This activity day idea is always a hit! It’s easy to set up and provides participants with an opportunity to learn many life lessons such as patience, dedication, teamwork, determination, and following rules.
2 . Service Projects.
Activity days that include service projects are a great way to teach children the importance of serving others. They can help them learn that they are not just bystanders but are active participants in their communities.
JustServe.org is a website that the Church has created that has tons of great service project ideas that are available in your community.
Here are some great random acts of kindness that can be turned into projects or activities.
3. Book club
This activity is fun because it gives the children the opportunity to share a little bit about their favorite book. Ask each child to come prepared with a short summary of the book and a reason why they like it. This teaches them how to summarize, stay on task, stick to an outline and share something they love.
4. Family History Projects
Family history projects are a useful activity day idea because they provide children with an opportunity to pursue their interests in technology while also learning more about their families. The ideas can range from writing family biographies for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or making a family tree.
For some reason fantastic ideas, you can check out the Family Connections Project. They have some great activities for children to do in regards to family history.
5. Outdoor Games
Assembling a scavenger hunt or obstacle course are both easy ways to get the whole group moving! Or make it simple and bring games like Badminton, Jacob’s Ladder, Kuub or even jump ropes, soccer balls, and more. Gather outside or in the gym at the church.
6 . Arts and Crafts
There are endless possibilities for activity day ideas that include arts and crafts. They can involve making picture frames out of twigs, drawing pictures to represent the sacrament, painting rocks or stones to hide around town for others to find, or designing flyers for an upcoming activity. The possibilities are endless and children will enjoy learning how to use new skills such as painting or drawing.
Some of the children might enjoy this temple craft we did for a Relief Society activity one year.
7 . Online Games
You can always play board games, card games, etc., but for a fun twist try popular online games or come up with your own Kahoots.
I know our kids LOVE playing JackBox Games – make sure you pick the family-friendly JackBox games, though!
8 . Fire Safety
Gather the children outside in a fire friendly area and teach them how to start a fire (in a contained fire pit), teach them about fire safety and end the night roasting hot dogs and S’mores!
9 . Temple Visit
Visiting the temple is a great activity day idea because it gives children an opportunity to learn more about their religion and apply gospel teachings in their lives. Participants will also feel the spirit as they enter the temple grounds and leave feeling empowered and peaceful. If you have a temple dedication near your that would also be an awesome activity to do together.
10 . Cooking Activity Day
Cooking activity days are fun because they let children explore their creativity and learn new skills. They can make treats forward members, plan a menu for various occasions, or even just create something simple together as a family.
11 . Outing to Park/ Playground
Playing at the park is yet another great activity day idea because it allows participants to get physical activity in a fun and creative way. It also gives children an opportunity to socialize with peers and bond with the kids from their ward.
12 . Board Game Day
Playing board games is easy to plan, provides an opportunity for interaction, and can be as competitive or as non-competitive as desired. This is also a fairly low preparation activity that is sure to be a hit.
Here are some great board games that all ages can enjoy!
13. Paper Airplanes
This is something we did with the boys in our ward, and they LOVED it. Most kids love making paper airplanes, so make an activity out of it. You can bring a variety of paper, markers, stickers, etc. and let the kids go down. Alternatively, you could buy a book of paper airplanes that give instructions on how to make them. We have one from Usborne our kids love. You could read some of Elder Uchtdorf’s talks on airplanes while they make them, and then have a competition at the end!
14 . Appreciation Dinner
Depending on the size of your girls and boys’ groups have the boys plan an “Appreciation Dinner” for the Activity Days for Girls. Make it as simple as you’d like but have the boys help in the planning, table setting and serving.
15 . Make Your Own Pizza Party
This is also a great opportunity for your group to chat and visit together, learn a new skill and enjoy a tasty treat. Make pre-made dough or make the pizza on English muffins.
16. Bike Ride or Rollerblading/ Skating Outing
Roller blading, or bike riding is a great outdoor physical activity that provides participants with opportunities to receive exercise while also enjoying nature. Biking, rollerblading/ skating, or even a simple family walk are all good choices.
17 . Clean the Church Building
Scheduling an activity day to clean the church building is fun because it encourages children to serve others while also teaching them organizational skills. It is always amazing what can be accomplished when everyone pitches in together! This is also a good idea if the activity day is scheduled for summertime.
18 . Holiday Themed Activities
There is always a holiday to be celebrated! This is a great opportunity to plan your activities around the holidays. Even boys like to decorate cookies- which is always a fun holiday treat.
- Resurrection Rolls
- Heart Attack someone
- Grow your own Easter grass
- Easy Easter Pudding Cups
- Bird’s Nest Cookies
- Easy Spider Web Cookies
- Thanksgiving Movies for Kids
- Halloween Scavenger Hunt
- Valentine’s Crafts for Kids
- Thanksgiving Thankful Tree
20 . Movie Night
Gather at a leader’s home or at the church, put on a family-friendly movie, grab treats and enjoy an easy, low-key activity that the boys will love.
21 . Art Projects
Art projects can help encourage children to express their creativity and work together. The possibilities are endless- painting, drawing, sculpting, or any other types of activity that appeal to each individual.
22 . Hot Tub Party
If you have access to a hot tub this is an activity the kids will LOVE! It takes little to no prep- the children will entertain themselves and it is a great socializing activity.
23 . Go on a Hike
Going on a hike is always fun! This is a great outing that gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy Mother Nature and get some exercise. You can also learn some good group songs and sing along the trails!
24. Have a Talent Show
Having a talent show encourages children to practice their talents, even if they are less than stellar! It provides kids with the opportunity to feel good about themselves and their abilities, and can be a great way for children to develop social skills as well.
25 . Write Letters to the Missionaries
Have the children write letters to the missionaries in your ward. Bring fun stationery and pens and take the opportunity to talk about missionary work, what they do, and answer any questions they may have.
26 . Make Foil Dinners
This would be fun to do in the fall time. It would be a great way to teach the girls cooking skills. Provide a variety of meats, veggies, and seasonings and let them make their own foil dinner. Find a fire pit, or cook them over a grill and then enjoy a yummy dinner together.
27. Gratitude Night
You could do this around Thanksgiving. Bring mini pumpkins or cut pumpkins out of construction paper. Have the kids write on their pumpkins things that they are grateful for.
28. Minute to Win It Games
Kids love games! Minute to Win It Games are easy to play and fun for everyone. They are an easy google search away and a fun way to break the ice and create a fun bonding experience.
Here are some fun minute to win it games.
29. How To Draw
Find a kid-friendly YouTube video that teaches step-by-step instructions and supply the kids with sketch paper and pencils. This will help your group learn to follow instructions, stay on track and learn a new skill.
30. Pictionary, Hangman, etc.
These types of games are classics that don’t require a lot of time or effort. They are great for doing at the end of activities when you have a little bit of extra time.
We’d love to hear any activities you’ve had with your activity day kids that have been fun!
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