Prayer Crafts and Activities
Learning to Pray:
Line Prayers for Children
One way to start teaching children to pray by themselves is to teach them to offer line prayers. A line prayer is just that, a one-line prayer. Full, formal prayers traditionally have five elements, Adoration, Confession, Consecration, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. A line prayer has just one of these elements (any one).
Family Prayer Wheel The Family Prayer Wheel is ideal for when a family gathers for meals or any time when the family gathers for prayer. The purpose is to teach children in particular a variety of prayer forms and to encourage all family members to pray out loud in a group. Make a spinner from a paper plate, metal brad and arrow-shaped spinner. Using a marker, divide the plate into eight pie-shaped sections. Print a prayer suggestion in each section; include a picture if desired to help younger children participate.
Prayer Poster! Tape 5 envelopes to a piece of posterboard. The top envelope can hold a pen and some index cards. On the other four envelopes, I wrote the words: "Praise," "Thanks," "Sorry," and "Please help." If a prayer idea occurs to us, we can write it on an index card and slip it in the appropriate envelope. This really helps us remember what we want to pray about." Source: http://turning-our-hearts.blogspot.com
Five Finger Prayer From ministry-to-children.com, the Five Finger Prayer is a helpful approach for teaching kids to pray. It's a format that allows children to recall and pray in their own words for five different groups of people.
1. Think of a special name for God you like to use. (God, Jesus, Lord..)
2. Choose a few words to form a brief sentence asking God to help you when you are tempted. ("Help me choose what is right")
3. Combine the name for God with your brief sentence.
4. Say or think the words of your prayer as you breath in and out.
Prayer Prompt Cards These I Can Talk to God cards help spark ideas for prayer while also teaching that prayer is about thanking and interceding for others as well as asking for things we need. The cards also have Scriptures on the bottom to affirm that we can talk to God anytime and about anything.
Prayer Sticks: Popsicle stick with picture of family member or friend. Each day have child (or you) draw a name and you both pray for that person. Click here for further instructions.
Intention Inventory: Just as family activities, such as weekly piano lessons and daily soccer practice, are often maintained on a family calendar where everyone can easily reference them, keep track of family prayer intentions and requests on a family white board or chalk board set in a high traffic area of the home.
Ways to Pray!
Circle Prayer: hold hands and pray in a circle, squeezing the next person's hand to signal when you are finished.
Popcorn prayer: complete the sentence prayers with an exiting twist
Prayer calendar: assign specific topics that need regular prayer to a particular date each month.
Prayer maps: support for missions and peoples in need
Characteristics of God: complete the phrase "God is...." and turning it into praise.
Prayer walks: praying about things or people you see as you walk along.
Little Fingers Faith Walk Adults struggle with prayer because many feel there is a "right way" to pray and they do not know it. The labyrinth helps toddlers and parents pray together beyond "close your eyes and kneel." Many adults embrace the kinesthetic prayer practice of the labyrinth in the same way children will. (You may find children bring a new sense of joy and playfulness with this prayer ritual. Be open to the spirit.)
Praying in Color is an active, visual, and meditative way to pray: Active because you draw your prayers, visual because you see your prayers,and meditative because you revisit your prayers throughout the day. Invite kids to pray in color and see what they will do!
Doodle Prayers Teenagers doodle. Help them turn their sketches into prayers.