Trick cartooning is an incredibly easy and fun method that captures kids’ attention, betters behavior, and helps them remember Biblical truths for a long, long time. We use trick cartooning in all of our crusade services and about twice a month in a regular children’s church setting. How effective is it at capturing kids’ attention? [...]
It’s that time of year for putting on a wonderful ‘Fall Festival’ event. But in the back of your mind you remember the huge undertaking it took last year. Here’s a few suggestions that will help you organize an incredible event! First, consider the advantages of
KidCheck is offering a complimentary safety and security whitepaper and checklist discussing the leading concerns around child security and offers ideas for improving safety in your ministry. It delivers actionable, useful suggestions and best practices to help create a safe environment for the children in your care and minimize any possible safety and security issues. [...]
What’s better for children’s check in, a hard wired or wireless network? This educational article from KidCheck provides an easy to understand overview and explanation of wireless, caveats and considerations. While we recommend wired for check-in, the article also provides specific actionable suggestions to test and set up a wireless network to help make it [...]
How do you create an inviting atmosphere in your children’s ministry area both in and outside of the classroom? Many children’s workers use music and special lighting to add an intriguing ambiance which their kids love. Some churches have designed entire themed buildings, entryways, and rooms. With an average church size in the US being [...]
Can I Easily Add Balloons to Any Lesson?
Yes! There are a couple of simple ways to use balloons in your lesson. The most popular is to create a sculpture based on an object or animal in a story or illustration you are using. For example, let’s say that you are teaching on Daniel in the lion’s den. Create a balloon lion while you are telling the story. Or, for the story of Jesus’ Baptism, create a balloon dove. Maybe you have an object lesson based on a basket. Instead of just showing a basket while you talk, make one with balloons while you are teaching. You can also use an animal known for a particular characteristic related to your story. An example of this would be using an elephant, which is known for his memory, in a story on communion, or Jesus’ return, since you would be focusing on the kids’ need to remember.
1. Prepare Prayerfully a. Choose Your Story (1) Does the story have a strong point, idea or theme? (2) Do the characters appeal to the age group? (3) Is the vocabulary appropriate for your age level? (4) Is the length suited to the age? (Rule of thumb: attention span is about one minute more than [...]