I was a nursery leader a couple of years back and was always trying to come up with activities after the lesson and snack time. I thought it would be fun to share what worked for our nursery children today!
Remember there is valuable information in the Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual when it comes to activities, too!
Musical Statues - dance to music and freeze when the music stops
Cheerio Jewelry - make a necklace or bracelet with yarn and cheerios!
Play Dress Up - bring some hats and some fun dress up items for pretend play
Bowling - use empty water bottles for the bowling pins
Musical Instruments - you can also make your own by using an empty water bottle and rice, small pots and pans with a spoon, etc.
Duck, Duck, Goose - this classic is always a fun activity for the kids
Butcher Paper Art - cover the nursery table with butcher paper and let the kids draw and color
Follow the Leader
Puppets - put on a puppet show with the children using finger puppets, sock puppets, paper bag puppets, etc.
PlayDoh - let them play with homemade playdough and plastic cookie cutters
Bubbles - you can never go wrong with bubbles.
Puzzles - get out some toddler puzzles
Building Blocks - so many building possibilities with wooden blocks, foam blocks, Lincoln logs, mega blocks, etc. Don’t have access to blocks? Remember to ask ward members and see if you can borrow them on a Sunday.
Lacing Cards - kids love to play with lacing cards (especially the older nursery children)
File Folders - create some file folder games and let the kids play with them while waiting for their parents to pick them up.
Magnet Letters on a Cookie Sheet - play with plastic magnet alphabet letters on a cookie sheet
Ball Games - throw a ball (preferably soft) in a basket, kick a ball into a goal, play toss, etc.
Read a Book - I would try to keep it about a church topic. examples: sharing, kindness, etc.
Car Mat with Cars - use a large white board and create your own if you don’t have one on hand!
Paper Airplanes - Make some paper planes ahead of time and watch how much fun they have flying them.
Do you have an activity idea for the nursery children? Please share below.