Lots of children are being introduced to ‘big’ church these days, whether by choice or because of recent happenings in the world. Today, let’s look at some great options to help acclimate your child with these 23 best quiet toys for kids in big church.
BEST QUIET TOYS FOR KIDS IN BIG CHURCH
Today as I sat in church, I was thinking about just how many kids we have in our service right now.
Not just kids… we have toddlers and babies, too!
In our little church, this isn’t the norm. Usually, we have nursery and children’s church up to 3 years old. At three, the children start coming into regular worship service.
But because of the world’s recent events, we have babies and 1 and two-year-olds, too!
Does that sound crazy to you? I think it does to a lot of people.
Introducing Toddlers to Big Church
It’s really NOT that crazy, though. Let me explain how some our church families might do this.
A few months before the toddler turns three, the parents start talking about how wonderful that they are getting bigger… big enough to go to big church!
Then, when the child’s third birthday rolls around, one of the exciting things they get to start doing is going to ‘big’ church with Mommy and Daddy and their older siblings!
Now, celebrating this milestone in their life does not make for a perfect toddler in church! Far from it!
Acclimating Toddlers to Big Church
While the toddler is learning how to conduct themselves in the worship service, parents and their families usually sit at the back of the church during this adjustment period.
If When the toddler has an outburst (or three) that can’t be quickly handled in their seat, one parent takes the child out of the service for some one-on-one training, and then returns to service with the toddler.
During this time of acclimation, our church family at large is very understanding. After all, most of them have been in the same season at one time or another!
Pack a Bag with the Best Quiet Toys for Kids in Big Church
One of the things that many families find handy and helpful is a backpack of low-noise toys (say that 5-times fast) that the children take to church with them. These special toys are only taken to church so they remain. well… special!
So, let’s take a look at some toys that make very little noise, and will help your toddler or young child to be quiet in church, as well!
Oh… and don’t forget, these toys are GREAT for road trips or even plane trips. My adult kids often take my grands to visit extended family in Colorado. While on the trip, they use many of these quiet toys. Next time they visit, they need to use this list of things to do in Colorado Springs with kids from Explorer MaMa!
On a side note: If you mamas are helping to plan a women’s retreat or Bible study group, here’s a great colorful candy icebreaker game that your church family will love to kick-off the event (you can even use it at a men’s event)!
Quiet Toddler Toys for Church Service
First, we’ll look at some toys for the younger side of toddler-hood.
Fabirck books are not only quiet, but many of them can go in the bath, too! (But wait until you get home for that!)
And with lots of themes, you can find one that works best for your toddler! This one works on fine motor skills!
Toy figurines always seem to be a fave with children who like to play pretend. Just remind your little one that they toys can’t ‘talk’ in church either! 😉
These little puzzles are only about 5-inches square, but the pieces are large enough for a two-year-old to work with.
You may want to think about how to transport these, and that you may have to help corral pieces while trying to listen to the pastor. 🙂
My 5-year-old grandson would have loved these cute little construction truck toys at 2, and would STILL love them now!
Trucks are easy to move around on your lap and chair during church without making any noise (well, again, some coaching may need to happen here).
Well, if we have construction trucks for toddlers, we HAVE to have princess cars, too! 😉
These sweet little girlie cars are a great ‘quiet’ toy, for the same reasons as the trucks mentioned above.
These softy books are easy and fun to look at for your 1-3 year-old toddler. And they won’t tear, either!
Lots to choose from, so you can rotate them out each week.
Yes, that’s spelled correctly! The Dimpl Toy features 5 vibrant silicone bubbles built into a plastic frame. Push and pop them, poke and grab them; a perfect, portable sensory toy!
My 2-year-old granddaughter has a mini version of this toy and calls it the ‘bloop’ toy. She has consistently played with it since she was a baby!
And one last toddler toy that I couldn’t pass up. This Sensory Buckle Pillow features motor skills activities that your toddler will love.
Do you have to tell your child to stop touching the buckles on the shopping cart? Well, this allows your little one to buckle to her heart’s content, and then some!
Quiet Children’s Toys for Big Church
Even older ‘littles’ may need some help with the fidgets during the worship service.
Here are some toys that produce very little noise that your 4-7 year-old might enjoy!
What better way to quietly get out the fidgets in big church than with this Fidget Sensory Toy set?!
Again, this set has so many pieces, you can bring a ‘new’ one to church each Sunday by rotating through them.
My 5-year-old grandson loves playing matching games! And this one is perfect for church because it’s magnetic… no falling pieces!
Well, this set of plastic dinos would be great for all ages! Again, my 5 year-old just asked for a set of these for his next birthday. He doesn’t realize that Christmas is WAY before his next birthday!
Fun fact… my almost 3-year-old grandson can name just about any dinosaur you show him! He’s been able to do this since he was TWO!
This is an interesting set for your older kids to play with while staying quiet in church.
What do you think? Is this IQ Challenge Set something a 5-7 year-old might enjoy?
More Toys to Help Children Adjust in Worship Service
There are lots of multi-age toys that children from 2-7 would all enjoy! Take a look!
What child doesn’t like to draw in church? Use this Magnetic Sketch Pad and the kids (and you) won’t be tempted to use the bulletins or tithe envelopes to keep the kids busy! 😉
More sensory toys, but these will work for youngers and olders.
These Monkey Noodles will help your kids to stay quiet, but also may help them concentrate on what’s being said from the pulpit!
If you aren’t familiar with the Melissa and Doug line of toys, hop on over to Amazon and check them out!
This On the Farm Puffy Sticker Play set is just one of many in the Melissa and Doug Puffy Sticker set line. Even though this says ages 4+, your two-year-old may enjoy this while sitting in church with you (I know my granddaughter does!)
Again, both my 5 and 2-year-old grandchildren love the magnetic playsets. There are lots of pieces, but because they are magnetic, we haven’t had any go flying into the next row at church… yet!
And, there’s lots of magnetic playsets to choose from, too!
Do you remember these from when you were a child? I just re-discovered these and my grandkids love them!
Lacing cards teach fine motor skills and the kids feel a sense of satisfaction using them… even if they are laced ‘wrong’.
Even though we talked about magnetic sets earlier, I just had to share this cute little magnetic dress-up set… I think this is going into my Amazon cart!
Another quiet toy from Melissa and Doug. Water Wow! is a reusable water coloring book. Just fill the water ‘pen’ before you leave for church, and remind the kids that when the water is gone, there’s no more until after the service! 😉
Again, lots of themes to choose from!
Books to Take for Children in Church
Of course, you HAVE to bring your children’s favorite books to church with you, whether they be the ones mentioned earlier, some of your faves from home, or some of these suggestions…
Want a set of books that will help your child to memorize the Word of God? The My First Bible Memory Books do just that.
I’ve read the “Be Still” book to two of my grandkids several times, and they both now have the verse memorized! “Be still and know that I am God”.
The illustrations are wonderful and they love just looking at the book, too!
Here’s a simple coloring book, perfect for a toddler, and so sweet!
Don’t you think this truck coloring book is so fun and perfect for an older child?
The Crayola brand crayons are always my fave… How ’bout you?
Bonus Quiet “Toys” for Kids in Big Church
And you might just wanna give a learning app a try (just make sure to turn the sound off during church… hehe!) Why not try a 30-day ABCmouse trial?
If you have time on the way to church or on the way home in the car, try these ‘funny would you rather questions for kids‘ to get some interesting conversations going.
If Christmas is on the horizon, be sure to check out this wonderful post for toddler boy stocking stuffer ideas.
After church, you might just want to go for a picnic to get the wiggles out of the littles. Maybe even invite some of your church family with little ones to go with you! And be sure to try some of these outdoor activities for kids.
So, there you have it! 23 of the best quiet toys for kids in big church. I hope these ideas help you with the adjustment time of taking your children into worship service!
What ideas do you have for helping toddlers and older children acclimate to being in the sanctuary? Be sure to share them in the comments!