One of the fonder memories I have from childhood is our Skit Nights.
All summer long my sister and I would gather our neighborhood friends for rehearsals. We’d write skits and plays, practice our favorite songs and make set lists.
Then we’d set the date for our skit night!
Once the date was set, we’d carefully hand-make invitations to hand out to our neighbors and church friends.
We’d plan refreshments and my mom would string a shower curtain across our patio, because no show is ever really a show without a stage curtain!
The chairs would fill as people would kindly attend our annual event.
It was amateurish at best, but it made some of the best memories I have.
Innocent dreams of singing and acting on a stage met with our overflowing creativity and imagination to gave birth to an evening of entertainment that always ended with an evangelical message, because we were convinced, even as young teens, that we were more than just people on a planet…
we were ambassadors sent from a kingdom not made by hands, by a King who created all we see and all we know, and we must do all we can, even in our limited power, to spread the good news that Jesus loves us all more than we know and is preparing a place for us – an eternal home.
I believe children have a natural abundance of creativity and imagination. They are naturally inquisitive, but oftentimes their environment stifles those natural capabilities…when there is too much visual stimulation, too many toys that do everything for them electronically, too many devices with pictures that flash too fast with too much sound and action.
These outside stimuli rob our children of the need to imagine and create because everything is already imagined and created for them.
This is why books, blocks puzzles, and art supplies are so important for children because they stimulate that natural creativity and imagination and cause it to grow.
Because we are entering a time of year when children are inside more than outside, I challenge you to give them a fun assignment.
Have them begin to write a play or series of skits.
Fun themes would be Thanksgiving or Christmas, since we’re entering the holiday season; or you can let them release their creative abilities and come up with something all on their own.
Suggest adding some music and dance to their play.
Then set a night when you can invite family and friends over for the main event.
You never know what will awaken in your children by giving them such a fun and creative assignment.
My sister went on to write and play leading rolls in several church productions as well as write amazing music. She is the worship leader for our church and has recorded two live worship CDs
My brother is extremely musical. He plays several instruments, sings and writes incredible worship music. He and his wife are now planting a church in Portland, OR.
After leading worship, playing keyboards, singing on worship teams for over 10 years and tutoring music for over 10 years, as well as collaborating on two live worship CDs, I have turned to writing as a creative outlet.
I don’t think my parents ever realized how their decision to do all they could to stimulate our creativity and imaginations would have such an impact on our lives well into adulthood. They just knew they were doing the right thing for us.
And I want to do the same for my children!
This post is day 24 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.
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