Do you lead a worship or singing time for preschoolers? It’s one of my very favorite things to do when I teach children! If you’re like me, though, you know that one must be strategic in planning this time for little ones to worship freely! Here are two things to consider:
Try This: Distribute colorful scarves for children to wave while they sing and/or move to the music.
Not That: Give each child a musical instrument.
Why? Instruments can be fun if utilized strategically, but often they can become unintentional weapons and sources of jealousy if a child does not get the one they want. Plus, they are loud – and if a child is sensitive to loud sounds, they may feel overwhelmed or scared.
Try This: Sing energetic, motion-driven songs first to “get the wiggles out” before moving into quieter worshipful songs and Bible story time.
Not That: Sing energetic, motion-driven songs right before the Bible story!
Why? Once the wiggles start – it’s hard to sit and listen. Use a progression of songs in your worship time: high energy, quieter songs standing up, quiet song sitting down. End with a “whisper” verse and go right into a prayer. This prepares little hearts to hear what God has for them in His word!
Do you have other helpful tips for KidMin leaders to try (or not to try) while leading a preschool worship and singing time?