There’s a lot of great props that you can have in kids ministry.
The truth is there is one simple prop that I feel like our church uses quite a bit for having fun on stage and engaging kids.
It’s simple, relatively cheap, and can be used in a lot of different ways. You can buy a corded one or go with a battery-powered one.
It’ll blow you away.
It’s an electric leaf blower.
I know, it might not sound like much. But it’s a pretty awesome prop.
So here are several ways that we have used a leaf blower in our kids ministry (not all of these ideas are originally mine).
TP 9000. This idea I actually first saw by Roger Fields from KidzBlitz. It’s a pretty ingenious little prop where you attach a paint roller to the end of the blower like so.
Then by adding a roll of toilet paper to the roller you can use the leaf blower to blow it all over the stage. We’ve used regularly toilet paper.
Colored toilet paper.
It even works with paper towels.
And for Christmas, you can even cut up some rolls of gift wrap if they are the larger ones and decorate in a flash.
Making a storm: Another fun application is making a storm. Between Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the whale, and Jesus calming the storm there’s plenty of times when you want to create some wind to make it feel like a storm’s blown in. Honestly, I think floor fans work a little better but leaf blowers work in a pinch.
Giant Balloon: Another addition to the leaf blower is the giant balloon. We’ve bought latex balloons in 4′ to 8′ sizes. You can also buy some weather balloons that can get really large. Here’s some footage of a game we did at camp a few years back. We had teams “wager” on how long the balloon would last on the leaf blower. Surprisingly they both underbid!
Beach Ball Game: This one is pretty fun for a summer-themed game or a game for dads or volunteers. The leaf blower will keep the beach ball suspended in the air as long as they keep the ball within the flow of the leaf blower’s air.
Christmas Canon: I posted about this one not long ago, you can find it here. It makes for some more fun Christmas games and skits that you’ll really enjoy. You can fire white pom-poms as if they’re snowballs or shatterproof ornaments for a game.
So there you go. There’s a simple and cheap prop that you can literally use all year long.