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Getting the most out of your quiz
The quiz is not just an age old tradition of having a bit of fun with the kids that attend your sunday schools and kids meetings. Quizzes provide an important way of reinforcing the things that you are trying to teach them and also allow you to gauge just how much they are taking in.
Reinforcing the Story
If you are telling the kids a bible story, don't just assume that they are all paying attention. Even the best story tellers in the world can't keep every child interested the whole way through the story. Some will listen intently, others listen for a while, whilst others will be thinking of 101 other things. By playing a quiz with them it not only gets them thinking about what they've been told, but for those who weren't listening, hopefully they will pick up something useful that they hadn't heard the first time round.
- When you are asking a question, don't just get the answer and move on. Instead, take a couple of seconds to repeat the persons answer (correcting slightly if they haven't quite got it right) so that everyone in the room hears what is going on.
Give everyone a chance
Quizzes are an excellent opportunity to get everyone involved. It doesn't always need to be first hand up to answer the question. It is easy to forget about the smaller ones in favour of the older ones. It is important to realise that younger kids take everything in. If they are constantly being overlooked they will soon get fed up and stop trying at all.
- When you are running the quiz, try and remember who has answered a question before. If they've already answered, look for someone else to answer.
- Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, there will be some kids who just weren't listening. At times like these it is sometimes good to ask a series of questions, all with the same answer. By the time you've gotten to the third or fourth question they will have realised what is happening.
- Questions based on numbers can also be used to great effect. For example, if you are asking "How many stones did David take out of the brook", you can target a particular person who hasn't answered before and ask them to give you a "Hi Five!". Once they have done that, ask them again. If they still haven't realised, ask them for another "Hi Five". Keep going until they get the answer.
- Having kids in the audience with biblical names is a gift. For example, if you identify a little boy called "David" who isn't taking part, you can start saying things like "David David David, tell me this, can you David tell me who it was who killed a giant".
Create some excitement
Quizzes are great for reinforcing what you have been trying to teach the kids, but they're also meant to be fun! It is a great opportunity to get the kids excited and enthusiastic. It's something that they will look forward to in future weeks and possibly even go home and tell others about. So if you get the chance, add a bit of suspense.
- There are lots of quizzes available on this site, and many will offer the opportunity to create a little suspense. If you are using one like Battleships, as it gets close to the end of your quiz, give the child a chance to change their mind. You can sometimes make it look like you know they are going to lose out and they should change their mind.
Keep it moving!
Quizzes are great fun, but they can very quickly become tiring and tedious. Try as much as you can to keep it moving.
- Unless you are a very very quick thinker, have your questions prepared in advance. It doesn't matter how well you know your subject matter, we all sometimes forget even the basics.
- Don't take ages to choose someone to answer the question. If you struggle trying to do everything then ask another leader to stand up the front with you and their sole job is to chose the person to answer the question.