As the month mark of social distancing efforts looms near, many families and individuals might be going a little crazy. A whole month of staying inside and keeping busy is sure to exhaust your list of activities and hobbies.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the situation is changing anytime soon. Salt Lake County extended the emergency declaration to July 6, and the mayor of Salt Lake City issued an order to stay at home until May 1.
Missionaries across the globe have been restricted staying in their living quarters with many also returning home with a mandatory 14 day quarantine. In recent weeks Brick'Em Young has received numerous pictures and requests from our valiant missionary force.
It might be easier to throw your hands up in frustration at the thought of another month in lockdown, you can make the best of it with more (and new) family activities. If you want a way to teach your kids gospel messages and stories while still having fun, consider Brick’em Young’s building sets. Brick'em Young is running a special 3 for 2 promotion through April 15th on many of the more popular sets.
The family that bricks together, sticks together
It all began in 2014 with the Calton family’s desire to teach their children about the importance of temples while living in Shanghai, several hours away from the nearest temple in Hong Kong.
The Calton family was super excited to hear about the recent announcement of the temple in Shanghai. The Shanghai temple will be one of the temples they develop next.
Inspired by their son’s love of small plastic building blocks, Suzanne and Tim Calton decided to create and sell a large model of the Salt Lake Temple with about 1,500 pieces.
Six years later, both their family and their business have grown. The Caltons have expanded their temple sets to include more than a dozen models, with new sets and figurines added each year. They continue to live in China with their two sons and three adopted Chinese daughters while their business builds around the globe.
Not only has their business helped teach about the importance of temples, but it’s created an opportunity for families to grow closer together.
"Many parents have expressed excitement about having a project for their children to do which does not involve electronics," said Suzanne Calton. "It makes an ideal gift as it connects faith, family and fun."
This year marks 200 years since Joseph’s Smith’s First Vision, which led to the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in the latter days. With that historical even fresh on your mind, your children might find it especially meaningful to build the pioneer-era temples, such as Salt Lake, Logan, Manti and St. George.
The larger temple sets take anywhere from 3-8 hours, depending on the design. A smaller Salt Lake Temple set is also available for younger builders.
‘Come, Follow Me’ made easy with Book of Mormon figurine set
In addition to their temple sets, the Caltons recently released a variety of figurine sets, including a nativity and Book of Mormon set — perfect for use with the 2020 "Come, Follow Me" focus of studying the Book of Mormon.
The Brick’em Young website also includes a free downloadable instruction manual to give a better idea of the different scripture stories kids can tell with this set. These sets make a great Sunday afternoon activity after your Come Follow Me discussion. Now through April 15th the Book of Mormon figurine set price has been reduced from $39.99 to $29.99.
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The larger Brick’em Young temple sets are recommended for ages 12 and older, though younger children may enjoy working with an older sibling to build the models.
For a more simple activity for ages 8 and older, the missionary, nativity, bride and groom and Book of Mormon figurine sets are easier to assemble, along with the small Salt Lake Temple set.
With an average build time of 3-5 hours depending on the set and number of pieces, this is the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy during quarantine and lockdown efforts.
Kids and even newly returned missionaries will love these building sets. Visit their website today to get your boredom-curing sets!