People are drawn to fun, engaging environments. For our ministry, promotion Sunday/kickoff can be challenging since we promote by age in preschool. Despite that, we want to try to do something fun that preschoolers and their families can look forward to.
Create a fun environment.
This year our preschool ministry had a Photo Booth for our kids and our families. We combined a couple of themes for our kickoff. Since we use the Orange curriculum, we used the preschool theme of hot air balloons and the "Just a Phase" theme that was rolled out at this year's Orange Conference. We found a backdrop for the Photo Booth and a basket for the kids to stand in after seeing the idea on First Look's Pinterest page. We made a sign that says, "It's just a phase, so don't miss it," along with signs that marked the preschooler's age. We took Polaroids of the kids, and the parents loved receiving them.
Create great content.
Content is always king. That's why I love using the Orange Curriculum. Every month there is an engaging theme, fun activities to demonstrate this and awesome resources to further the discussion at home. The bible story told to illustrate the theme is presented in a way that's easy for preschoolers to understand.
To kickoff August, our curriculum presented an overview of our 3 basic truths we are teaching our kids during their time in preschool - "God made me," God loves me, " and "Jesus wanted to be my friend forever."
We love that when parents ask their preschoolers, "Did you have fun, and what did you learn?", they are able to answer this question. More times that not, our preschoolers can repeat back the bible story and and what it means to them!
Create a sticky factor.
As a fun, sweet treat for our preschoolers, we had hot air balloon cookies made. Each cookie had a tag with one of our preschool basic truths tied on it.
To go along with the "Just a Phase" theme, we handed out to each child their phase card from the Orange Store. These cards have their preschooler's age, how they think, what questions they're asking and what parents are trying to cultivate in their children during this phase. These cards are another way that we want to show we are committed to partnering with parents through their child's age and phase.
What ways do you try to make your kickoff fun?