The average child in elementary school spends 35 hours in school each week. Is it any wonder, then, that they won’t sit still in your classroom on Sunday morning or Wednesday night? The majority of kids are active learners, so here are a few tips for making learning fun without losing focus of the day’s main idea:
- Choose games and activities that relate to your topic. It might take a little extra thinking on your part, but lots of kids understand the message best through experiencing it hands on. At the end of every activity, take the time to connect it back to Scripture so kids can directly see the relation.
- Break your lesson up into segments. Kids have short attention spans and are always going to get antsy if your teaching session lasts an hour.
- Incorporate different types of activities to engage all learning styles. Not all kids love to make a craft, cater to the kids in your group.
- Keep them guessing. If your teaching follows the same routine each week, they may quickly get bored. Change up the activities, move around the furniture, and create an environment of anticipation.
- Keep your energy high! Even when telling the day’s Bible story, keep your voice lifted and be captivating. When you’re having fun, they are having fun!
- Give kids a chance to participate by enlisting volunteers to take part in the story whenever possible. Have them wear costumes, say lines, or even do an experiment.
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Remember, just because kids are not sitting still doesn’t mean they are not learning! In fact, they usually retain the day’s lesson best by learning with their hands and feet. What other ways do you keep kids engaged in your ministry?