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There are a couple of kids in our children’s ministry who have excess energy and great difficulty sitting still (my son being one of them). Some kids just need to move so I thought, why not get them Stress Balls that they can squeeze during the lesson when they are expected to sit and listen?
It helps their minds to stay focused while their energy is expended on the ball. I like to recognize each child’s unique characteristics without making them feel like they’re abnormal or need to act like someone else. Those with a lot of energy just need some help directing it in acceptable ways.
You may want to institute a rule that says they can only keep the ball as long as it stays in their hand. This should help curb the urge to throw or roll the ball.