Kid ministry leaders have a lot of jobs already—and COVID-19 added one (or five) more.

Such as Digital Innovation Expert. Or . . . Director of Zoom Calls. Something like that.

That’s why here at Orange, we’ve been having conversations with ministry leaders, teachers, and even parents. Just like you these leaders have already pioneered some innovative solutions to help kids ministries connect digitally.

And, we want to share some of those amazing ideas here so we can learn from each other.

Heads up—there are dozens of ways to pull off each of these ideas. That’s why the list below is simply starting points. After all, what one group thinks is cool is what another group thinks is ridiculous (but you know, not in the cool way). So it’s important to contextualize and figure out how this works best in your context with your specific kids!

However, to ensure we keep kids safe online, we think the best platform for these ideas is a private Facebook group. A small group leader can invite parents to join and communication and activities can be centralized here.

Even better—if you have ideas of something you’ve seen or done that you’d like to submit to help other ministries, let us know and connect with us in our Facebook Community!

1. Talent show

Using a group video chat (eg. Zoom), give each kid an opportunity to show off a talent (eg. sing a song, do stand up comedy, dance, share a drawing, solve a rubix cube, juggle a soccer ball, etc.). Give each contestant 90 seconds to demonstrate their talent then move to the next.

Take it up a notch. Record the talent show. Pick the top 10 and invite parents and kids to view and vote!

2. Netflix watch party

Getting your group together to watch a show or a movie and chat through it is an awesome and fun way to stay connected.

There are a few ways you could do this. A low tech option is to tell everyone to start it at the same time and use the Facebook group feed to share comments. A higher tech option would be something like

Either way, stick with PG & G ratings and preview what you’re watching. One unexpected scene can cause you to lose trust.

Take it up a notch and theme your movie snacks. Have each parent post a pic of the family eating their snack during the watch party.

3. “Nailed It”

Create your own version of Nailed It. It doesn’t have to be cooking, though. Post a pic of something with lots of toppings (eg. cake, pizza, or ice cream sundae). Challenge your kids to recreate what they see.

They can use the actual ingredients OR they can use any other household items to recreate your picture. Everyone posts their pictures and votes on whose is closest to the original.

4. Who’s that kid?

Have a kid in your group share a picture of them in costume and allow the rest of the group guess who it is. Send the winner a prize from Amazon!

5. Lunch chat

Have your small group jump on a video chat around lunchtime and just hang out while eating together. No real structure—just chilling while you have a sandwich!

6. Build a story

Pick an order, and each kid adds one sentence to the story. Build on each other’s creativity. See how long you can make the story!

7. Polls! Polls! Polls!

Polls are such a quick and easy way to get kids to engage without a lot of commitment from them. They just have to click a button to vote.

You can use polls like:

  • What shows are you watching?
  • What movies are you watching?
  • What food are you wanting right now?
  • What activities are you doing now?

8. Theme lunch

Take idea number five and take it up a notch. Theme the lunch!

This could be a PJ party, Christmas party, hat party, costume party—basically any kind of party you can think of. Whatever it is, pick a theme, set a time for lunch, and encourage kids to go all out.

9. Virtual charades or Pictionary

Assign a game host. Divide the kids into teams or play every man for themselves. DM them the word or phrase. Then let the fun begin!

10. Highs and lows

Pick a time of the day/week that you will always be on Zoom. Let kids know you want to hear the highs and lows of their day/week.

11. Superlatives

Have kids share about the best thing they did, the best thing they ate, the funniest thing they watched today.

Don’t forget to explain to a kid what a superlative is!

12. Show and tell

Have each kid find three pictures or items around the house and share about them.

13. Serve together

Find a nursing home or medical facility your group can write notes of encouragement. Share the mailing address with your group and challenge everyone to send one card/letter.

14. Send snail mail

As of right now, the snail mail system is still up and running… While you still can, send your kids something in the mail!

15. Virtually go somewhere together

Log on to the aquarium, zoo, or national park livestream together and have a group chat about it while you watch! So many places are offering these opportunities right now.

16. YouVersion digital devotionals

This one is specifically for our preteens. There’s probably no better time than now to help kids develop a daily habit of spending a few minutes reading the Bible and in prayer.

The YouVersion Bible App is a great place to do that. There are even reading plans for tweens and you can invite your group to do the devotionals with you.

17. Have a scavenger hunt

Give kids a scavenger hunt to participate in!

This can be stuff around their house:

  • Find one sock
  • Find a random spice
  • Find an old family picture where someone is wearing a hat

Or stuff they can find outside:

  • Find a leaf that has four different colors on it
  • Find a flower
  • Find a tree

Or stuff they can find online:

  • Find facts about a certain topic
  • Find an article about a certain topic from a specific year
  • Find a YouTube tutorial with a certain fact

18. Lego challenge

Follow @LEGO_Group and #buildtogether on Twitter or Instagram. Participate in the daily challenges that they post.

19. Create your own Fortnite dance

Challenge your kids to post a video of their own Fortnite dance.

Take it ups notch and challenge them to dress up as their own version of a Fortnite character for their dance debut.

20. Build a Fort

Challenge everyone in your group to build a fort using different household items. (With parents permission, of course!) Invite your kids to post pictures or videos of their construction.

Give the group the opportunity to vote on the following:

  • Most creative use of materials
  • “Mansion” fort
  • “Tiny House” fort
  • Most elaborate fort

Join us to talk about what you’re doing

That’s it—20 ideas. We hope that gives you something to engage with your kids ministry. Join our Facebook group to talk about what you’re working on.

And we want to hear your brilliant ideas, too. Share them in the comments below or on the Facebook group. Can’t wait to hear from you!