You are probably tired of being told that today’s kids are visual learners. You also may be weary of hearing that we need to use multimedia with preschool and elementary kids in order to capture and hold their attention.
In my experience, those assumptions are often true. Therefore, I have discovered a simple process to incorporate multimedia in a large-group worship environment for preschoolers and elementary kids, using content from The Gospel Project for Kids worship materials.
1. Choose a presentation software to use, such as PowerPoint® or Keynote®.
2. Build a template that you can reuse each week, including creating a generic title slide using The Gospel Project clipart.
3. Since each Bible study unit has a theme, you may want to create a themed template using PDFs on the Enhanced CD (also available in jpeg format as digital downloads).
4. Pull in blank background PDFs to your presentation and add text boxes to create your own themed slides.
5. The unit Key Passage, weekly Big Picture Question and Answer, and Bible Story Picture are already provided as PDFs on the Enhanced CD and as jpegs on the digital downloads. Just drag them to your presentation template to quickly create themed slides. Or, you may cut and paste the images to the presentation slides.
Although most preschoolers and some younger kids do not read, placing words on the presentation may help you as a teacher remember the Key Passage and other content; and some young children are learning a few sight words that they will recognize on the slides. In addition, the colorful backgrounds help hold the attention of non-readers.
I encourage you to try creating a multimedia presentation to use during The Gospel Project for Kids worship hour. See if your kids pay closer attention to your teaching and leave the worship experience with better retention.