One “FFAD” That Doesn’t Go Out of Style

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Currently, fidget spinners are all the rage. Every kid wants one, or two… or more!

Fads – they come and go! Each year as I blow out more candles on my happy birthday cake I can add to the many fads I’ve seen in my day!  I know this will date me, but here’s a sampling of the many fads I’ve seen come and go in no particular order:

  • Lava lamps
  • Pet rocks
  • Beanie babies
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Bell bottoms – twice!
  • Angel Flight pants
  • Shoulder pads
  • Pogs
  • Snap Bracelets
  • Sprinkle yogurt
  • Space Food Sticks
  • Walkman
  • Boom boxes
  • VHS
  • 8 Track Tapes
  • Mood rings

There are dozens more – I am sure you have a favorite fad!

Merriam-Webster defines “fad” as a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal.

Fads have the potential to influence life! And these days, fads come and go faster than ever. How do you keep up with it all? And in the midst of such a rapidly changing world, how do you adapt to more effectively reach and teach children about God, His love, and His Word?

That’s why I’m thankful that some things don’t change. Children still…

  • Want to have fun
  • Go through developmental stages
  • Respond to clear communication
  • Crave connection
  • Want to be valued and loved
  • Need a Savior

Yes! More than ever they still need a Savior!

Here is one “FFAD” that is not going to come and go!

  • What needs to change so that you can leave your adult inhibitions behind and be silly, participate, get messy and forget about who’s watching you?
  • How can you let kids be kids? Remember God made them curious, unique and wonderful.
  • How can you create space for hands-on discovery knowing that’s how real learning takes place?
  • How can you provide choices that appeal to different personalities? Providing choices through Learning Activities helps eliminate power struggles, makes learning interesting, and allows children to process at their own pace and in a way that’s meaningful to them.

  • Know the story well – what does it mean to you?
  • Start with the end in mind – what point do you want the children to get?
  • How will you tie together your choices from Bible Story Time, Learning Activities, Creative Hands, Movement Ideas, or the Digging Deeper questions to reinforce the focus of the lesson?
  • How can you make the lesson relevant to the children?

  • What skills and abilities does this age group have? Are they able to cut things out or is this something to prep beforehand?
  • How does this age group interact with other children?
  • How long is their attention span?
  • What language do I need to simplify or explain to help them understand the story?

  • What open ended questions can you ask the children to help them make connections, build relationships, and find out how well they understand the concepts presented?
  • How can you use direct, clear, and positive language to communicate with children?
  • How can you teach children to talk with God even when the lesson isn’t about prayer?
  • How have you prepped your helpers to facilitate meaningful conversation during your time together?

What’s one thing you can do to more effectively teach children about God and His love?

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