Activities for Children on the Lord's Prayer

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Activities for Children on the Lord's Prayer
Help children relate to the Lord's Prayer through hands-on activities. (Praying little girl in green top image by Olga Sapegina from Fotolia.com)

The Lord's Prayer has several variations, most very similar to this traditional version from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662:

"Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on Earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen."

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Mini Books

Children can create mini-books that contain the text of the Lord's Prayer. They colour the pages of the book, create a front and back cover, and staple the pages in order. The book can be used as a miniature reference when saying the prayer. Children can create the book from scratch or use templates from the Internet.

Colouring and Crafts

Another Lord's Prayer activity for children is to colour and make bookmarks featuring the prayer on one side, and a related image (such as two hands praying) on the other.

An activity for children of all ages is making handprint and footprint angels. Using non-toxic poster paints, children make a footprint on paper. This represents the body of the angel. Children then place a handprint on either side of the footprint, fingers facing outward. These are the wings. After decorating the angel and drawing the face and hair, children write the Lord's Prayer on the angel's body.

Baking

Children ca bake pretzels while discussing the concept of praying for daily bread, a central component of the Lord's Prayer. Pretzels originated from monks, who baked them in their distinctive shape to represent arms folded in prayer. The monks gave them to children as a reward for memorising their prayers.

Pretzels are simple to make, and children can help with kneading, rolling and twisting the dough, while discussing the symbolism of the pretzel and its relationship to prayer.

Sign Language

Children can learn the Lord's Prayer in sign language by watching videos of the prayer being performed in American Sign Language, or ASL. They can learn the signs that accompany the prayer; for younger children, assign a portion of the prayer to each child. Then the children sign along with a recital of the prayer. This activity could also be used as a children's performance for the congregation.

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