Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.
As a parent and someone who enjoys being around kids, I have learned one fundamental truth. They’re all different. I know! I know! Pick your jaw up off the ground. That’s not a big surprise to most of us. However, I have also learned that there is something that almost all of them have in common – they like to laugh. In terms of keeping kids interested, bonding with them and just having fun, there is nothing like laughing. Find ways to make them laugh. Be goofy. Let yourself go, and have fun with the kids. Tell them jokes. Work some humor into your lesson. Don’t be so inflexible that you don’t leave time to laugh and have a little bit of fun. Laugh at their jokes. Giggle with them. Remember that part of our job as people who work in Children’s Ministry is to build relationships with these kids, and laughter goes a long way towards that goal.