Tips and Tricks
Pretend Characters Can Reinforce a Truth
-Tim and Lisa Deam
“Is Blueford coming today?” a second grader asked Tim during VBS. Dressed in a blue wig and mismatched clothing, Tim portrayed a bumbling camp handy-man. Blueford and Lisa reviewed the Bible lesson and application in a skit.
Early elementary children enjoy pretending. Even though the children knew it was Tim in disguise, they couldn’t wait until Blueford appeared. They laughed as Blueford stumbled over a rope or dropped his hammer but they remembered the Bible truth we were teaching. Through the years we have used various characters to reinforce biblical principles. Dressed in an overcoat and beard, Tim plays a character called The Old Story Teller, a hard-of-hearing elderly gentleman who tells life-application stories. First Mate Lisa and puppet friend Patches the Pirate teach the children how to have a daily quiet time. Decked out in overalls and an engineer’s hat, Tim appears as The Old Engineer to “keep the kids on track.”
Be creative! Invent a character like The Quizmaster or Professor Know-It. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you and the children will have. But don’t be surprised at how much they remember!
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