Molly Pickens Curriculum Review: What do the kids say?

The proof is in the pudding

While watching the Large Group DVD lessons, I was a little put-off by the constant lunacy of Bill and Charles.  My husband however, thought the kids would get a kick out it.  You know what they say: the proof is in the pudding, so we tried it out in Children’s Church.

Introducing Molly Chickens!

When I introduced the series, the kids all thought I said Molly Chickens, which they found extremely funny, and the laughter didn’t end there.  They liked many of the antics of the Fantastic friends.

The Magic of Make-Believe

The younger kids, especially (ages 4-6) were especially enraptured with Molly’s Fantastic World.  When she first opens the special box, one of our four-year-olds gasped and his mouth flew open.  As Molly journeyed through the light filled tunnel, his mouth hung open in fascination.  When Molly was peeking out from inside the toy chest, this little boy bent over in his chair to try and get a better look!  Talk about getting caught up in the moment!

Paying Close Attention

The kids didn’t miss a thing, catching all the little mutterings of the characters, even when they were “in the background”.  When Molly’s dad mumbled something about his paperwork taking 27 hours, one girl exclaimed, “That’s a long time!”  When the box-maker was talking and asked Molly to have a seat, I took a look at the kids.   You could see on many of their faces they were thinking about sitting down too, and then realized they already were!

Not All Characters Are Created Equal

The kids weren’t impressed with the clock — they didn’t laugh at anything he had to say.  They thought Bill and Charles were pretty funny, but did audibly question some of their antics: “Why are they doing that?”

Box-maker, however, was a different story.  Personally, I like box-maker the best because he had something useful to say and seemed to have an IQ higher than 8.  The kids, however, found box-maker… well, boring I think.  Whenever he began to talk, they started getting restless, checking on their shoes, shifting in their seats, playing with mystery toys suddenly found in their pockets.  I thought maybe it was just a coincidence… they were getting tired of sitting just about the time box-maker came on.  However, as soon as “public service announcement” popped up, they were completely engaged.  When box-maker returned a few minutes later, so did the restlessness.

Kids weren’t impressed with Rainy Day either… they said she was dirty (and were offended that she called children dirty, when she was obviously more dirty), lived in a cardboard castle, and had a non-talking puppet for a friend.  Poor excuse for a villain.

Can We Watch this Again Next Week?

To finish out the lesson, I played the audio letter from Charles, which they loved.  I only planned on showing one week as a “test run”, but the kids begged to watch more next week.  Well, why not finish out the series?  I’m encouraged by the kids response, but wonder — Just because they are begging to watch more of something, does that mean it’s really helping their spiritual formation?  Is Molly Pickens a great discipleship tool or simply great entertainment?  Stay tuned for the conclusion!

Interested in Buying?

Price is $129.00 for this 10 week series.  You  can get it from Abingdon’s website.

More on Molly Pickens:

Large Group Lesson

Small Group Lesson

Conclusion

What’s included in this kit? (coming soon!)

Interview with creator Matthew Young!

Where did the idea of Molly come from anyway?

Fantastic World new series: Tiny Pirate

Other Curriculum Reviews:

Bible in Life Early Elementary
Bible in Life Elementary
Voice of the Matrys: Kids of Courage
The Lads Preteen Curriculum
David C. Cook’s Rio
Group’s Faithweaver Parent

Comments

  1. I understand where you are coming from in your conclusion. Just because they want to see it again doesn’t mean it’s working. But in children, aged of 4-6 years, they need to be engaged in order to retain information, so enthusiasm is a great sign in my book. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this curriculum!