The Top 10 MUST HAVES for Children's Ministry!

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Have you ever suddenly realized that even though you thought you prepared enough material, you find you have at least 15 more minutes with your class?!?! Working in Children's Ministry, we must always have a "tool box" filled with items that can be pulled out and utilized at a moment's notice!

...Simple to set up...

...Simple to use...

...and of course...FUN!!

Here are 10 items that I have found help us out of those "surprise minutes" that we need to fill.


Beach balls are a great way to use up extra energy, get all kids involved, and just simply have some fun. We like to play upbeat kid's music, or use puppets for a fun song, while we tap balls across the auditorium. Of course, you must make sure that any breakable light fixtures, etc. are well out of the way of your area.

Don't be afraid to set some rules! We require our children to stay in their chairs (relatively), instead of running all over. We also have the staff lining the sides, to keep the balls towards the seats, instead of on the stage, etc. This is always a fun go-to for our services!


There are lots of games that can be played with Hula Hoops. Ring toss, hoop jump, Thread the Hula, and more! Just search Hula Hoop games and you'll find many relays and team building activities, as well as single player games.

Make sure to always have a few extras, because they do get bent up over time. :D


There are oodles of games that can be played with plastic cups. One, of course, is the ever famous "Cup Stacking"! If you don't know what that is, it is high time you learn! LOL So much fun as individuals or even teams.

But besides games using just the cups, these are ideal for Minute-To-Win-It Games. I'll discuss this further in #4.

So, just make sure to have plenty of plastic cups on hand at all times!


As mentioned above, Ping Pong Balls are great for all different kinds of games, but we search out Minute-To-Win-It games...and have a blast! You'll find many, many ideas online, but also make sure to use your imagination to come up with some of your own.

If possible, choose 2 different colors of balls, so you always have a ready option for team play. Otherwise, you can use a permanent marker to write a "1" or a "2" on all of the balls, to divide the teams.


Balloons can be used for all kinds of games. From having the kids inflate them as part of the game, to having them already inflated and stored in garbage bags for quick access. Again, "Mr. Google" has many ideas if you take time to search them out beforehand.

Just make sure to have different colors and sizes on hand.


Costumes are so much fun! They can be used for the Leaders to act out the Bible stories, the children to take part in the action, or even just to hold the kids attention. Silly hats, flashy props, crowns, robes, and more. Simply put on a costume, and watch the atmosphere change!


Blacklight puppetry is amazing, but NOT the only way to utilize blacklights!

Use them for games, activities, object lesson, relay races, during worship, and more! They come in all different sizes....we use 18" and 48". Blacklights can be temporary or permanent. They can be set on the floor, hung overhead, or set on a shelf. We use our 18" as temporary lights, and hang our 48" lights overhead.

NOTE: When first trying out blacklights, make sure to have a "practice" run to check leader's clothing, doors and windows that let in too much light, white background walls that ruin the effect, and more.


Music sets the stage for kid's activities; whether it's a service or class time. Using upbeat music when the children enter, gets them excited for what is to come...and even sets the level of energy within the room.

Also, have music ready for games, to keep the excitement going.

Here are a few of our favorite groups to use for our kid's meetings:

* Go Fish Guys

* Hillsong Kids

* Listener Kids