Jun 16, 2011

Things We Can Learn From the Kids' Choice Awards













 
The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, also known as the KCAs, is an annual awards show that airs on the Nickelodeon cable channel. It honors the year's biggest television, movie, and music acts, as voted by Nickelodeon kid viewers. Winners receive a hollow orange blimp figurine, a logo outline for much of the network's 1984-2011 era.

It is a highly anticipated event each year for children and watched by millions. What elements make the KCA's such a big hit for kids? What can we learn from the KCA's as we seek to connect with kids?

The KCA website recently listed three key elements that make it such a big hit with kids. Here they are:

LAUGHTER. Pranks, jokes, crazy video elements, and funny sketches are used to bring lots of laughter.
  • How much laughter is heard in the hallways and classrooms of our churches?
  • Are kids having fun at our churches?
  • Do kids leave our churches with smiles on their faces?
  • Are we intentional at using humor to communicate truth?

SINGING. The most popular singers are brought in to lead the kids in songs they know and love.
  • Do we place a high value on the quality of the worship leaders and music that we provide kids?
  • Do we place a high value on the quality of the worship media and graphics that we provide kids?
  • Are we using relevant music that today's kids can connect with?
  • Do we use high school students that kids admire to help lead worship?

GAMES. Fun, messy games are incorporated into the show.
  • Do we believe kids can learn through play?
  • Do we intentionally tie games into the main point of the lesson?
  • Do we let things get messy...even if it gets a stain on the carpet?
  • Are our kidmin leaders willing to get in the middle of the game and get messy themselves?
Posted by Dale Hudson

3 comments:

Enjoyed the post and the good reminders. I would be interested when you post things like this you would give 1 or 2 ways your church does each of these. Just a request.

Thanks.

When I watched the KCAs this is exactly the question that I was asking in my head. I was taking notes :)

Hey Todd, great to hear from you. Sounds like you have the same problem I do. We can't watch anything kiddish without taking notes mentally or on paper. My wife gets mad at me every time I go to Disneyworld because I start "working." (ha) Seriously though, I'd be glad to share some ideas.

Laughter -we do funny skits and video skits - right now we have two characters going on - Crazy Carl and Polly Esther. The kids love them.

Music - we spend the money to hire worship leaders for our kids environments and do our best to keep the quality of music at a good level.

Games - we do games every week that tie into the lesson - many times they are messy.

Would love to hear any ideas you or others may have.

Blessings.

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