Read in 1 min Leader Resources » Teacher Tips » Nursery Tips Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 4 Quick Ways to Build Bonds With Little Ones in Your Church Nursery Published: July 8, 2022 Use these 4 quick ways to build bonds with little ones when they first come in your church nursery. Very young children often have a difficult time away from their parents at church. Since your time with little ones is brief and only occurs once or twice per week at best, it’s not unusual for children to experience separation anxiety. Here are ways you can overcome this stress. 4 Quick Ways to Build Bonds With Little Ones in Your Church Nursery 1. Engage the child quickly. Find a way to immediately get the child involved in your room experience so anxiety ebbs away. Plan ahead for a child you know is struggling by having something tactile, musical, or highly visual in hand that you can use to engage the child. Hands-on activities ease stress. 2. Find a quiet space in your church nursery. Many times a quiet activity is a good way to calm a child and gain trust. Whether it’s watching birds out the window or pretending to pet a stuffed bear, quiet activities are often soothing and calming for young children. 3. Point out other children. Toddlers especially are observers. When a child is unsure of his or her surroundings, seeing other children having fun, doing activities, and engaging is a sign that all is well. Often a worried child will soon join in. 4. Introduce puppet buddies. Children in your church nursery love puppets. A simple hand puppet greeting can quickly ease a child’s stress. It’s also a great way to engage a child in a friendly way so he or she forgets worries and realizes our room is a friendly, happy place. Hilary Romig is a children’s minister and author living in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Looking for more nursery ideas? Check out these posts! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!