Leaders, have you ever had a day at club that went so well and you felt like everything was going so smoothly . . . right up until dismissal? It’s not uncommon for the last five minutes of club to be the time in which it feels like the most chaos ensues! However, if you…Continue reading Tips for a Hassle Free Dismissal
Games are an essential part of a Crossroads club. After a long day in schools, kids need the chance to be physically active, and it actually helps them to refocus and learn better. Also, kids can benefit greatly from opportunities to learn teamwork and cooperation in a safe, structured environment. Most importantly, children connect best…Continue reading Games 101
1. Throw a Christmas party for families at the school during or after club. Hosting an event during club often means parents are readily willing to join, because they are already comfortable and familiar with the school and with your club program. Invite members of your church to come and help with the event, and…Continue reading 3 Easy Ways to Connect with Families This Christmas
Here is a template for team leaders to use to introduce themselves and the Crossroads program to the school. Click on below and download the file to customize. Welcome Letter to School
3 Club Invitation Postcards Use any of these graphics to create your own invite postcard to club. Option 1 (Click Here) Option 2 (Click Here)Option 3 (Click Here)
October 2019 When kids have to transition from one activity to the next, these are ripe opportunities for behavior issues to occur. As a leader, you might feel like things are running smoothly right up until you say, “Okay, time for Large Group!” Then you find yourself trying to control the chaos! Here are a…Continue reading Transition Tips to Make Your Club Run More Smoothly
**Coaching sheets are designed for TEAM LEADER use only** Coaching Sheet: Raising the Fun Factor (Team member copy) Coaching Sheet: Raising the Fun Factor (Leader’s Notes)
September 2019 FUN is a central element of any after-school program. Can you increase student engagement by adding more fun into your small group? In our online leader workshop this month, we shared practical ways to make Bible lessons more fun and interactive for kids. We also discussed some of the following points on why…Continue reading Raising the Fun Factor
At Crossroads Kids Club, we believe in partnering with parents to help them build kids of character. As leaders, you recognize the importance of reinforcing what kids are learning in club throughout the week, and you know that parents are often the best situated to make that happen. Here are three simple ways you can…Continue reading 3 Ways to Bring Crossroads Home
The first day of club is like the first day of school: it’s absolutely essential to setting the tone for the year. In our online workshop for leaders earlier this month, we talked about the following tips for starting the year off strong in small groups. 1. Set a positive group culture. A few years…Continue reading Starting Off Strong
This free PDF was designed as a resource for parents to use at home with their kids. Most of the ideas here are published here on the CKC Leader Resource Blog as individual blog posts and the games are also referenced as optional activities in the curriculum. Here you can find them all in one…Continue reading 15 Fun & Easy Bible Verse Games for Kids (PDF)
Here’s a fun craft for families to do at home with their kids around Easter time: make origami bunnies! (Or, teach your kids how to do this during their opening small group time.) Materials: square pieces of origami paper (or any paper cut into a square) Instructions:
Objective: Be the first team to have all players pass through the hula hoop without breaking the chain. Materials: Hula hoops, one per team of 6-9 players How to Play: Divide children into equally sized teams of 6-9 each. Instruct the team to form a circle facing inward and holding hands. Give a hula hoop…Continue reading Game: Hula Hoop Hurrah!
Keep it up! Objective: Keep your team’s balloon from touching the ground. Materials: Inflated balloons, one per group of 6-8 players How to play: Divide children into teams of 6-8 players. Each team should form a circle with players facing inward and holding hands. Give each team an inflated balloon and on the signal “go,” all teams must…Continue reading Game: Keep it Up!
This is a fun first day of club activity to get kids talking to one another in a small group or large group setting. The activity template can be downloaded and adapted for your club or group, or used as is. Materials: Copies of the Icebreaker Bingo sheet, one per child Pens, pencils or other…Continue reading Icebreaker BINGO for kids
For team leaders: Here are two free online tests that can be helpful to use with your team to understand each other’s giftings and personalities as you lead your team. Myers Briggs Personality Test Spiritual Gifts Survey