Reinforce the Lord's Prayer, which can be an abstract concept for preschoolers, by choosing an appropriate craft. Handwork keeps preschoolers from getting restless and helps them remember the words. A small adult-to-child ratio is recommended for crafts. Children do well with paper and crayons, but assist them with craft items like glitter, glue, scissors and plaster. While there are numerous ideas for Lord's Prayer crafts, a highly traditional one is praying hands.
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Paper and Paste
The traditional praying hands silhouette should be cut from construction paper. Have the children do the cutting with supervision. The children then paste the hands to a full sheet of construction paper of a contrasting colour. Glitter or stickers might be added to the composition, allowing the kids some creativity. Printing the words to the Lord's Prayer on the praying hands gives the children a reminder to take home with them and encourages memorisation.
Sunday school curriculum catalogues and websites offer colouring pages; you can also design one on your own computer. Allow the children to colour the page as they wish, providing a large selection of crayons or markers. While the praying hands silhouette works well with colouring pages, branch out into other objects or scenes that work well with your lesson plan, such as a cross or parent and child in prayer.
Fabric or Felt Banner
Pre-cut a praying hands form from felt or fabric and help the preschoolers glue it to a small banner of felt or fabric. The top edge is folded to the back and is glued or sewn to create a casing. Slide a 1/4-inch dowel through the casing and have the children tie a length of cord or yarn to the ends for a hanger. A sheet of paper with the words to the Lord's Prayer could be glued onto the banner as well.
The children can create a praying hands plaster statue by making a cast of their hands clasped in prayer. The dried statues can be glazed or painted. This craft requires adult supervision, but results in something the child can keep for years to come. Add a card with the Lord's Prayer printed on it. Craft stores should have plaster and casting supplies. The plaster is safe and non-allergenic, but there is some care and cleanup with this project.
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