Charles Spurgeon, known as “the prince of preachers” used to say that the one who can preach the Word to a child, can do so to any other person. Children are the future! Therefore, it is very important to preach the Word in an effective and entertaining way. In fact, Jesus said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).
Here are a few suggestions on how to teach a child the Word of God:
- Through dance. Children learn in many ways and one of the most effective is through dance. Generation 12 Kids has a great variety of songs through which you can bring children closer to the Word. A good idea is to choreograph a song according to the message in the song with simple steps that the children can follow.
- Be brief and to the point. Some theories indicate that a child can pay attention to the same activity for about 1 or 2 minutes per year of life (age). This means that messages for children should be brief. When teaching a part of Scripture, prepare a timely message with up to 3 key points, using a simple language. If you are going to use examples, use experiences from your own life when you were the age of the child listening to you. In the same way, put yourself in their shoes and use examples that they can easily relate to.
- Arts and crafts. Crafts makes learning easy. Keep in mind that the younger the child, the easier the activities should be because of their skill level. You can carry out activities of all kinds, starting with drawings related to the topic, to more complex things. A good idea is to make paper puppets. To do so, take a white piece of paper, fold it in half, and glue only the edges so the child can put their hand in the middle. Decorate the paper with different materials according to the topic of the class.
- Play games to strengthen concepts. Games are a powerful tool to reinforce what the kids have learned. A good idea is to take traditional games and make small variations to fit the theme of the day. For example, if you want to teach them to guard their heart above all else, you can use a heart-shaped balloon, fill it with water and throw it and catch it from one person to another, trying to prevent it from falling and bursting.
There is no one who loves children more than Jesus. So, even though how we present the Word of God is important, when we seek the Lord with a humble and devoted heart, He will take it upon Himself to approach the kids. You only need to be an instrument in His hands!