Kids learn about the significance of prayer and how to pray early in their Christian education. As young children mature spiritually and intellectually, they understand that prayer is a form of communication that strengthens their relationship with God. Introduce prayer-themed crafts that remind kids about the purpose and power of daily prayer in their lives.
Praying Hands Craft
Select the directions that match the age or ability level of the kids. For older kids, print a template of praying hands (see Resources) onto white paper. Make a hole in the centre of the template with scissors and cut out the image of the praying hands. Discard the white praying hands image. Trim the edges of the white paper until it fits within a piece of black construction paper. The black construction paper provides a black border for the trimmed, white paper. Secure the white paper to the black paper with glue or double-sided adhesive tape. For younger kids, print out the praying hands template onto white paper. An adult cuts out the praying hands prior to the activity time. Keep the praying hands image. Secure the praying hands to a piece of scrap paper with masking tape. Let the kids paint the praying hands with black paint. Remove the praying hands from the scrap paper and glue to a piece of white paper. Frame the white paper with a larger piece of black construction paper.
Prayer Mat Craft
Provide a plain welcome mat or carpet sample for each child. Paint or write in permanent marker, "My Prayer Mat." Personalize the prayer mats, if desired. For example, write or paint, "Kaitlin's Prayer Mat." Assist the kids with decorating the mats with markers and paints. Tell the kids to place their prayer mats beside their beds to use every day when they pray.
Bible Verse Pennant Craft
Prior to the craft activity, cut a piece of white felt into a pennant shape that measures 12 3/4 inches wide and 31 inches long for each child. Glue a piece of ribbon measuring 3/4 inch to 1 inch wide and 12 3/4 inches long onto the felt at the wide end of the pennant. Select a Bible verse referencing prayer. An example is Psalm 65: 2, "O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come." Outline the letters of the verse reference for the kids to colour in. Let the kids colour in the letters with markers. Allow older children to cut the felt, glue the ribbon and select the felt colours for their pennant.
Prayer Pocket Craft
Cut a paper plate in half and staple one of the halves to a whole paper plate to form a pocket. Write at the bottom of the pocket, "I Will Pray." Repeat the process for each child. Provide stickers, markers and crayons for the kids to decorate their prayer pockets. Provide seven coloured index cards for each child. Help the kids to write the names of family and friends they pray for on the index cards. Make a hole in the top of each prayer pocket with a hole puncher. Thread a length of yarn through the hole to serve as a hanger.
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