31 Pre-service Games and Activities
Games and Activities are a great way to welcome kids to your KidMin. Don’t be mistaken, though. Those games and activities aren’t just a time filler. They do more than just keep kids busy while waiting for the service to begin. With the right mix of activities, that time can make kids excited to come to church. Better yet, it motivates them to get to church ON TIME! And in turn, they motivate their parents. There have been more than a few times that my kids have pushed me out the door on a Sunday morning because they didn’t want to miss a single minute of activity time. Moreover, that pre-service activity time can help kids connect with each other and with their leaders. Ultimately, it’s those relationships that will help kids feel like they belong in your KidMin and make them want to come back again and again. With that said, here are a few things to consider when choosing your games and activities:
Choose games and activities that promote relationship. There’s nothing wrong with having a few activities that allow kids to work alone, but for the most part, try to provide activities that encourage kids to connect with each other and their leaders. If you have video games available, choose multiplayer/co-op games over single player games.
Cycle activities in and out every 2-4 weeks. If you have the same games and activities week after week, they’ll lose their appeal. Switch them out in order to keep them fresh.
Encourage your leaders to participate with the kids. It’s easy for leaders to think that play time is just for the kids. It’s not! Remind your leaders that playing a game or doing an activity alongside a kid is a great way to connect with them and earn their respect.
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