On Saturday just gone, I ran a kids’ group for ages 3-13 while the parents were inside with the G’s listening to a parenting seminar.
I was a little nervous, but even with thirty-odd kids (some of which I didn’t know) I had a fantastic time. Whoohoo!
We talked about responsibility,
read stories to do with the lesson,
worked on a poem with actions,
played a role play
held a ‘hat day’ where we talked about different responsibilities the person wearing the appropriate hat had
We then went on to talk about monkey business and the question, do you have the freedom?, after which we made a little monkey each as a reminder to do our responsibilities without being told.
Growing Families (who ran the seminar) call responsibilities ‘monkeys’ as a fun way to remember that a certain responsibility (e.g. saying ‘please’ or brushing your teeth) are now the childs’ responsibility, not the parents. As a young adult, I don’t stop getting monkeys – I only get more of them!
Above is a photo of me with all ‘my monkeys’ – the stuffed toy monkeys we collected to use as props during the session!