Getting baptized is a pretty big milestone for the little kiddies in your life. Finding fun ways to celebrate the occasion will make it memorable and help your child to remember why baptism is so important. Below are some great ways to get your kids excited for their baptism and to mark the occasion!
Books About Baptism
Even though baptism is a well-known ordinance in the church, since your kids haven’t been baptized yet, they may not know a lot about why baptism is important and how it’s done. Consider picking up a kid-friendly baptism-prep book like these here. Many of these books have activities, puzzles, games, and coloring pages that can be a great way to get your kids excited for their baptism.
Nothing will be more important in your child’s preparation for baptism, than studying the scriptures. And this is a great time in their life to make a habit of daily scriptures study. If you don’t already have a regular family scripture study, start one when your child turns 7 and make a goal to finish the Book of Mormon by their baptism. If your family already has regular scripture study, partner up with your child one-on-one and read the Book of Mormon together. You can find great ideas for Reading Charts here.
Not enough time to finish the Book of Mormon before the baptism? Make your own reading chart of scriptures that are about baptism (see Topical Guide: Baptism) and read them with your child each day. Helping your child to gain a love of the scriptures will be the best way to prepare them to make baptismal covenants.
A great way to prepare your child for baptism is to get the whole family involved. This will help younger children learn more about baptism and remind the older ones (including parents) about their own baptismal covenants. Having a family home evening lesson specifically about baptism is a great way to get everyone involved.
For a ready-to-go FHE lesson about baptism, click here!
A photo shoot is a great way to commemorate your child’s baptism. No need to hire an expensive photographer, even snapping some photos of your child in their sunday clothes can be a great way to capture this time in their life. Try to get some shots with whomever will be baptizing them as well. It will be a great memory for your child when they are older. You can also hang a picture up in your home or in their room to remind your child of their baptism and to keep making good choices.
Send Out Invitations
Learning about missionary work and sharing the gospel is an important part of being a member of the church and in preparing for baptism. Inviting friends and family to the baptism can be a great way for your child to share the gospel, especially invitations sent to non-member friends. An invitation is a great way to show friends and family this is a special, formal event. You can find great invitations here.
Gifts That Matter
There’s a great tradition of friends and family bringing gifts to a child’s baptism. Since the baptism will occur near the child’s birthday, try to give baptism gifts that will help remind the child of their baptism, help them learn more about the gospel, or remind them to make good choices. Here’s a list of great baptism gifts ideas.
- CTR Ring
- Necklaces or Bracelets
- New Scriptures
- Scripture case
- A Journal
- Money contribution to a mission fund
- A Picture of the Savior
- Bookmarks or Scripture Markers
- Tithing Banks
- Children’s Songbook
- Picture frame
Mosiah teaches us that “when you are in the service of your fellow being, you are only in the service of your god” (Mosiah 2:17). What better way to prepare your child for baptism than by having them participate in a service project? Providing meaningful service will help them to understand what it means to be a disciple of Christ and will prepare them for a lifetime of service opportunities. For some kid-friendly service project ideas, click here!
Visit the Temple
A great way to help your child prepare for baptism and really feel the spirit is a trip to visit the grounds of your local temple. This can be a great way to teach your child about their own preparation for the temple and that baptism is how they start preparing. Many temples also have visitor centers where your child can meet the missionaries, watch films made by the church and learn the history and meaning of the temple. To find out more about a temple near you click here!