Preschoolers love to sing! When looking for some new Preschool Worship Videos, I found some from NewSpring Church. They have done a great job of making videos for preschoolers. You can view them for free on YouTube. Here are some of the songs we are doing with the preschoolers at our church.
- Guess What
- Jump Around
- When I Look
Here are some ideas that you can use to help your preschoolers participate in worship time:
- Have preschoolers stand/sit on a mat. You can buy small size mats (from Target for about $3) that are just big enough for a preschooler to stand on. When it’s time to sing, have them stand on their mat & it helps to define the space where they should stay.
- Songs on Video. If you can play videos on a screen it will help take your preschool worship time to a whole new level. However, it’s important to have a person lead the songs from the front while the video is playing, and do not use the video as a replacement for human interaction.
- GO BIG. Choose songs that have people doing actions on screen. Then get all the helpers in the room to do the actions too. Big, over-exaggerated actions help kids to participate.
- Simple Words. Choose songs that have just a few lines that are repeated over and over.
- Repeat the same songs. We do the same 3 songs every week in our preschool room. The kids will learn the songs and be able to participate easier if you keep the selection to just a handful of songs.
I was looking for some new Kids Worship Songs and came across some new videos by Summit Creative Company. There are several things I like about these videos:
- Contemporary Sound. I’m not sure what is ‘contemporary’ these days, but these songs have a sound to them that is current with pop culture. Kids like these songs because the style is familiar to them.
- Lyrics on the screen. Short, simple phrases on each frame are easy to follow. Even if the kids can’t read yet, the lyrics help the volunteers in the room sing the songs.
- Motions on the screen. My biggest challenge when doing songs with kids? The leaders forget the motions. Sometimes volunteers do different motions from week to week, or the motions vary from volunteer to volunteer. Having the motions on screen helps to keep the motions consistent.
- Visual Effects. They use several different effects throughout their videos to keep kids attention.
- Great words. Most of their songs really focus on God. When kids are in our program, we have limited time, so I really want to make sure that the lyrics we sing focus on how amazing our God is.
Click Here to view a sample from Summit Creative Company. You can find more of their songs on Worship House Kids website.
Are you looking for new kids songs? Here is a list of names / groups that you can search in YouTube. These videos would be applicable for different situations. Some are great to use for teaching Bible verses, some are good for pre-service tunes & some are great to use during Kids Worship Time. Each of the names listed below has several videos on YouTube so there’s lots to preview.
Go to YouTube, and search the following:
Nate Bristol – His songs have motions to go with them performed by NRUMC Kids. Be sure to search both names on YouTube.
Seeds Family Worship also found at seedsfamilyworship.com
Jump Start 3 also found at jumpstart3.com
Ambersky Records also found at amberskyrecords.com
Shout Praises Kids also found at shoutpraiseskids.com
Go Fish Guys also found at gofishguys.com
Hillsong Kids also found at hillsong.com/kids
What other music videos do you use in your Kids Ministry? Add your ideas to the comments section below.
Do you have a Kids Worship Team at your church? Do you want to start one? Here are some ideas that will help your Kids Worship Team go from good to great!
#1. It starts with the leader. The Kids Worship Team Leader should love to worship God & see kids worshiping God. It’s all about what comes from the heart, and it’s got to start with the leader.
#2. Adult Helpers. Have a team of adults who work with the leader. The adults learn the songs with the kids & help lead them in the kids rooms.
#3. Practice. This should happen in a number of ways. The team should get together a minimum of once a month to learn new songs, and work on current ones. Have someone video tape these rehearsals and upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo so that everyone can review the actions/words to the songs at home. Edit the settings on these videos so that only the team members are able to view them for practice purposes only. Ask kids to practice the songs at home so that they know them really well when it is time to sing on stage.
#4. Energy & Enthusiasm. You may need to coach the kids on this one. They may have to move out of their comfort zone to sing a little louder or do the actions with a little more enthusiasm. Encourage them to give God their best! If the adults & kids on stage are enthusiastic about singing, chances are that the kids in the audience will be too. I also suggest showing the kids an example of a Kids Worship Team in action. HillsongKids have great videos of kids worshiping.
#5. T-shirts. If you have Kids Ministry T-shirts, or Kids Worship T-shirts, get the kids to wear them! It helps them feel like they are part of the team!
#6. Keep it Simple. As you look for new songs, look for songs that are not too complicated. Lots of verses with lots of words are harder for kids to learn.
#7. Make it Visual. If possible, have the words on a screen for kids to read. Even if the kids can’t read, the leaders in the room probably can, and they will appreciate having the words on the screen. Put the words on a motion background, or use a Worship Video to add interest to the visual component. WorshipHouseKids is loaded with options.