Did you know kids love to unbox things? I think it's the mystery and excitement of what might be in the box.
Think about opening presents at Christmas. Even as adults, we feel the wonder and anticipation of what is waiting for us inside the wrapping.
Another example is baseball or football trading cards. Kids (and adults) purchase a pack of these cards and eagerly await to see what lies inside the wrapping.
It's the mystery of what is in the box that makes it irresitible for kids.
And did you know that some of the top kid YouTube stars are based on the theory of getting kids excited to see what's behind the packaging? One of the top "unboxing" stars is a 7-year-old boy named Ryan. He unboxes toys and reviews them in front of a camera. His short, simple unboxing videos have helped him gain 17.3 million followers and 26 billion views as of March 2015. According to Forbes magazine, he has become the highest paid YouTube star, earning over $22 million in the 12 months leading up to June 1, 2018.
The mystery format and immersive experience of opening boxes of toys has beome almost as important as the toy itself.
This got my idea generator working and I believe you can use this same concept to share the Gospel with kids. This can be done in any size setting or format.
have the kids open the next small wrapped item - it's a whistle - next you ask Jesus to be your LEADER - like a coach - have kids blow the whistle - you tell Jesus you will follow Him and obey Him like you would a coach - He wants to be the coach, the boss of your life (at this point you may have to collect the whistles so they don't continue with the noise - ha)
This is just one example of how you can use something that kids (and adults) love to connect them to Biblical truth. The unboxing method can be used to teach kids Biblical truth. The possibilities are many. Let the unboxing begin!
If you are looking for a way to share the Gospel with the kids and parents in your ministry in a setting that brings them together, check out Starting Point. It's a class that is being used by churches across the country to reach kids and parents for Jesus. More info. here about it.