Activities and crafts can help little children learn prayers much faster. They also help sustain kids' interest and allow them to appreciate the value of prayer. Whether you're planning activities for Sunday school, for church events or just for teaching your own kids about prayer, vary the activities to make each lesson enjoyable for them and get them excited for future lessons. Have craft and activity materials handy to help you drive the lessons home.
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Let each child trace his hands on a sheet of paper. Trace the left hand on the right side of the paper facing the child, then the right hand on the left side of the same sheet, with no space between the hands. Ask the child to write the Lord's Prayer within the outline of his hands. The other side can be coloured in whatever design the child chooses. Cut the shape along the outline. Afterwards, fold it in the centre so the hand shapes touch, as if in prayer.
Use bubble blowing soap and a large bubble blower to produce bubbles for the kids to pop. Ask them to think of important or "big" prayer requests while popping the bubbles. Give them examples like healing for their sick brother or sister or passing a quiz in class. Then hand the kids small bubble blowers and ask them to think of simple or "little" prayer requests, like finding a sock or getting an ice cream over the weekend, as they blow and pop the smaller bubbles. Teach them that all prayers are equally important to God no matter how big or small.
Cut out 3 by 5 inches of cardboard. Using single hole punches, punch a hole at the top portion of the cardboard. Give one piece to each child and have them decorate one side using pens and crayons. On the reverse side, write the Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary or Glory Be. Tie a ribbon on the punched hole. Using the bookmarks will help the children to learn and memorise the prayers.
Invite the kids out for a short nature walk. Give each child a sandwich bag and ask everyone to fill it up with whatever they can find outside like flowers, pebbles or sticks. When you go back inside, ask the children to look at the things they have collected. Remind them that each of these was made by God to bless them. Then invite the kids to say a prayer of thanksgiving for the blessing of nature.
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