Understanding the value of process over product is important when teaching for spiritual growth. After all, spiritual growth is in itself a process and not something that can be completed or packaged or even recreated in a set way. Process art activities can help children express their connection to God.
This nesting box missions craft is a great way to help children understand how serving Jesus at home connects with serving Jesus all over the world. I did this project with preschool children over several weeks as part of a larger unit on Missions and service.
“Church should never be boring.” “Make your children’s ministry the best hour of every kids’ week.” “If kids are having fun at church, they will drag their parents back week after week.”
Hmmmm….wait a minute. These statements need a little more thought. What would happen if we made these types of statements the starting point for our ministry decisions with children? Engaging learners for spiritual growth should be our goal when teaching children about God, but how do we engage and go beyond mere entertainment?
I recently taught an eight week lesson series on missions to our preschool Sunday school class. Why do missions activities with children so young? According to this video found at cmalliance.org, children statistically are not only most receptive to the gospel before the age of 12, but a child’s lifelong concept of God is largely shaped by age FIVE!
Reggio Emilia is an approach to early childhood education that began in and around Reggio Emilia Italy after World War II under the leadership of Loris Malaguzzi. It is based in an understanding that children have an innate sense of curiosity and wonder about their world. Rather than being seen as a target for instruction, […]
Are you looking for open ended Christmas activities for kids? Here is a creative Christmas invitation to play with materials purchased at a thrift store. Our thrift store is stocked with Christmas pretties on the cheap right now, so I picked up strings of beads, several nativity people, some bows, poinsettias, snowflake doilies, and more […]
There are so many creative souls out there that have a heart for introducing children to Jesus Christ and helping them learn how to worship. As someone who is still relatively new to the Children’s Ministry world, I am always on the hunt for people who have a passion for honing their storytelling skills […]
Sometimes I get brave enough to do something really messy during Sunday school. This idea for teaching the Elijah and Elisha story when Elijah is taken to heaven came to me and well….I couldn’t resist. I know all the kiddos are dressed in their Sunday best and there is very little time for clean up […]
The Godly Play approach encourages learning through play, but what does this learning look like in action? It is often hard to measure spiritual growth or know what children are internalizing from the Bible stories they hear. One way of observing what children understand is to observe their play. The practice of observation allow you […]
Our family stopped at an apple orchard while visiting Michigan last week. At the orchard there was this giant chair in the shape of a Michigan mitten. If you are from the great state of Michigan like me you totally understand our obsession with all things mitten shaped✋🙂❤️. My children were immediately drawn to explore […]