Inviting children to animation activities

Children are usually very keen to participate in animation activities while on holiday. There are, however, a few techniques which may help you attract an even larger number of children. Remember - the more of them you gather, the better it advertises your skills and the better you will be rated by the team leader.

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The basic principle is: the more cheerful noises you create around you, the more children will be willing to play with you. Never wait for children - go out to find them. 5-10 minutes before the start of activities, walk around the hotel pool and ask each child if they want to play at the Children's Club. Always tell children what you are going to do because it reduces their stress and uncertainty. It is best to show them the object of the activity you’re going to do during the day; you may for instance show them a paper hat which some child made two weeks earlier and did not take back home.

Also, introduce yourself to the parents. If they are new at the hotel tell them that your name is......, you are an activity organizer at the hotel and your activities are about............. Also, invite the parents to take part with you or help you - if they are interested they will go with you!

Whenever children's animation activities start, you can play the same song loudly (the same every day so that the children get used to it and respond to it themselves). It could be a Disney song, for example. During the song, you can perform a choo choo train with children. If it is loud and funny, other children will join you.

Toy friend

You can approach shy children with a toy - if the hotel has a mascot, which is often the case, use it. Approach a shy child slowly and imitate the funny voice of the toy/mascot. Start by introducing yourself in a funny way, for example “Peekaboo! I’m a furry teddy bear!”. Try to make the child laugh using a toy - if you manage to do this, you will win – the child will almost certainly join the Children's Club. If the kid does not respond, is nervous or starts crying, do not insist. Just say: “You can always join us” or “Perhaps tomorrow you will feel like playing with us” and walk away. Do not exert too much pressure. You can also encounter autistic or disabled children, so watch each child carefully and adapt your behaviour accordingly.

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