Balloons are a colorful, playful way to capture the attention of young children so that you may guide them through each step of their interactive learning experience. I love balloons and so do kids. Why not use them in your ministry environment?
You don’t have to be a balloon expert with the ability to create complicated shapes. I simply use the round balloons. No animals, great as they would be if I knew how to create them. Nope, just plain ole colorful round ones.
This morning I led a song for young children. We bounced the balloon round our circle as we sang, “Jesus Loves Me.” They laughed and giggled and eventually began to sing along. Then we had share time. I explained that only the person holding the balloon may speak. Each child was able to tell about one awesome thing that happened to them the previous week. The others listened carefully for the most part, understanding that soon it would be their turn to talk.
Then at the end of the session we played a game in our gym. A large number of balloon were inflated and put at the half-court line. The teams were divided in to two groups on each side. The goal was to put all the balloons on the other side without crossing the line themselves. Great fun and exercise. With simple balloons.
Much more happened this morning, but that was how we used our balloons. I’m curious: how do you use balloons in your children’s ministry?