The challenge for many parents or children’s leaders is trying to create in them solid spiritual habits. For example, reading the Word: What can I do to make them interested in reading the Bible?
Many times this seems impossible...but praise God it’s not! Loving the Word and establishing correct spiritual habits are things we can teach them and sow in them.
Today, I want to share a few tips on how you can help a child fall in love with reading the Word.
Start with short reading periods: The most important thing when reading is to be left wanting more. Start with 5 minutes and a few weeks later add 5 more, until you reach your goal reading time with your child.
Be consistent: All habits need consistency to stay habits. Some days will flow better or be more fun than others. But in order to reach our goal, we need to persevere. Reading the Word needs to be a daily habit.
Understand what it means to read: Reading is far from being a static...
By: Luisa Del Río
I have the great blessing of being the mother of María Alejandra, a beautiful and talented 14 year old. A few months ago, our conversations became all about the gifts she wants for her 15th birthday, a very unforgettable day for young girls!
Along with my husband, we want this day to be special for her. She wants a trip, a party, a phone; she wants it all. But we have decided to give her gifts that will leave a special mark in her heart.
It is of utmost importance for a daughter to be completely assured that no one loves her more or can protect her more than her dad, of course, other than God.
If she knows this, she won’t allow any man to hurt her. And when the time comes, the one who wants to take his place in her heart must meet a very high standard: the measure of her father’s love.
Sadly, many girls allow themselves to be mistreated in their...
By: Andrés Villamil
As children of God, we have the privilege of extending His kingdom. This call gives us the opportunity to serve and get to know an infinite number of people. We hear many testimonies and are edified by so many stories. However, there is a big “little world” where miracles also happen and the message is imparted and treasured with innocence and a fervent faith in every heart.
This world is a lot bigger than what we imagine. In it, there are hearts that desire the presence of God. This is something we witness every weekend when we are with them. Their passion to seek Him is contagious and moves any adult that is present in the world of kids.
A CHILD, A BIG MIRACLE
One of the most beautiful stories in the BIble, one of my favorites, speaks of one of those little ones. Some translations refer to him as the “little boy”, who was a part of one of the greatest miracles remembered by everyone: the feeding of the five...
By: Luisa del Rio
I am the happy mom of two teens; Samy is 12 years old and Aleja is 14. My children have made my faith, my love and above all, my patience grow. Patience that at times feels like it’s running out, but is strengthened when I tell myself, “KEEP CALM! They are growing, maturing, it’s just a phase, they’re going to change…” But to be honest, the one who has grown, matured and changed has been me, and I praise God for it.
My beautiful teens have taught me about a love that is practical, simple and able to do all things. They’ve taught me to enjoy them, to relax, and understand that being their mom will not actually kill me.
For 11 years, I was a mom like the rest. I left early in the morning for work and came home in the late hours of the afternoon to play with them a little and check their homework. I was blessed to have a grandma and nanny by my side, who loved and spoiled them for more than 10...
By: María Bonilla
Have you ever taught a child to swim?
It is one of the most fun and exciting things to do. Some take risks, others are a little shy, some are afraid of water and others are afraid of everything.
On several occasions, I have had the privilege of teaching others how to swim. Not because I am an expert swimmer, but because it’s something I can do with ease. Teaching children to experience new and fun activities is not easy, but it is fun. I must earn their trust. We must overcome fear and find grace, because any small mistake can sow something negative in them. To swim, the first thing they need to learn is how to breathe.
With this simple game, your child will be able to stimulate their breathing. This is very important for the development of your child as it helps stimulate their articulatory organs (nose, mouth, larynx and cheek muscles). Organs that also participate in the development of speaking and encourage breathing.
By: Johanna Castro
The best way to describe the Little Big Heroes creators is to say they’re like kids. Our days are filled with illustrated books, collectible figurines and children's films. We appreciate the ability kids have to transform reality and approach everyone in a personal way. Who hasn’t given in to the tender look of a baby or a child’s request for candy? No matter how old we are, the ability they have to conquer us does not change. Therefore, a very important part of our day is directed not only to think about what content the children want to see, but also how we can communicate in the same way they do with every age group.
Our creative process varies because we can find inspiration in thoughts, dreams, in what we see at the park or simply in an idea we’ve had since childhood. What doesn’t change is the process we follow to develop the idea and turn it into a Little Big Heroes episode or video. We follow three steps that can...
By: Lala Rodríguez
Me, Serve in Kids Church?
Exodus 1: 17
“But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.”
I came to know the Lord when I was 10 years old, an age that was not considered very important in a Christian church made up of mostly adults and youth. There was no children or pre-teen ministry prepared to cater to the needs of the kids.
At the time, I went because my mom had made it part of our lifestyle as a family. I did not have a leader (or midwife) to give me direction. And the truth is, I would’ve loved for there to have been children’s leaders who answered the call to preserve my generation. On many occasions I felt without direction, and not having a leader marked my new Christian life.
I love to play with kids. I enjoy their innocence and creativity; it’s so easy for me to become one of them. But one day the Lord gave me this Word...
By: Luisa Del Río
Years ago, I witnessed the pain of a Christian family whose 15 year old daughter became pregnant. They felt they had failed as parents and were uncertain of the future. Sadly, some of the decisions they had previously made regarding their daughter contributed to this situation.
They thought the church organized too many activities for her and they did not have the time to take her. They noticed their daughter had a gift for modeling and enrolled her in an academy. There, her circle of friends and influence completely changed. They shot their arrow in the wrong direction.
Of course God restores, lifts up and can make the most adverse situation work out for good in our children. However, one decision can define their destiny.
The Bible teaches us that our children are like arrows in the hands of a warrior. If those arrows are shot in the right direction, wow! They will be powerful, strong...
Today I will be sharing with you a very simple and fun activity you can do with just one child or a group of kids. It’s great for different ages and can be played and enjoyed many times.
The activity is called: In search of a story
The materials you will need are: Paper, a marker and a reward for the kids
The perfect place to do this: You can do this in a house or outdoors. The more space you have the better.
The objective of this activity is to hide the clues around the house. The clues will help the kids discover different parts of the story. After finding all of them, they need to put the parts in order and tell you the story. At the end, you can give them a candy, ice cream or a reward.
Choose a Bible story, for example the story of Moses.
Cut out a few pieces of paper, about 5 or 7.
Carefully think about the places you can hide them around your house.
On each piece, write a part of the story as...
By: Luisa Del Río
Being a missionary has been an incredible experience. Arriving in a culture different than mine, learning about their customs and traditions, their way of talking, their needs and preparing myself to give the best of me has been a challenge. But the greatest challenge has been to pastor the little ones and give their parents advice.
Kids nowadays come with a different internal chip. They are born connected to the digital world. They are straightforward; they need proof for everything and want to know everything.
When it comes to talking to kids, you need to get to the point and avoid beating around the bush. Introduce them to a God they can relate to, a God who becomes like a kid to conquer their heart.
We thank God for Queen Esther and David the Warrior who came to make the Kids Zone a better place.
Every Little Big Heroes class not only has a great message, but the best thing is that they are...