Children's prayer crafts are a fun and easy way to introduce very young children to prayer. A discussion with the kids about praying is a good idea before they construct the crafts. These crafts are also fun to do with children who are a little older to create a better understanding of prayer.
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This is a simple Christian prayer craft most children can do. The younger ones may need your help. You will need small carpet samples, permanent magic markers or poster paint and stickers. To start with write "My Prayer Mat" on the carpet sample with the magic markers or with the paints. Let the mat dry. Then let the children decorate the mat with other paints, magic markers or stickers. The children can put the decorated mat beside their bed to use when they pray.
Praying Hands Book
For this craft, you will need two sheets of 9 X 12 construction paper, a pencil, scissors, and crayons or markers, a hole punch and yarn. To make the praying hands prayer craft, start by tracing at least two hand prints for each child. Next you or the child cuts out the handprints. Have a discussion about things people pray for. Have each child draw something that they want to pray for on each of the construction paper handprints. If they would like, they can draw a picture on each side of the paper. Make sure the children write their nameson on each of their handprints. Collect the handprints and bind the handprints together to make a book using the hole punch and the yarn. Before the binding the book, include a copy of a favourite prayer printed on a piece of paper. The children can write their own prayers if they are old enough.
Prayer Reminder Pocket
For the prayer reminder pocket, you will need two paper plates, a stapler, a hole punch, a piece of yarn, six or seven 3.5 X 5 index cards or pieces of paper, and crayons. To start, cut one of the paper plates in half. On the half piece of plate, you or the child writes "I will pray for...." Then staple the half plate to the whole plate forming a pocket. Give each child six or seven small pieces of paper or index cards. Have the child print the name of someone he can pray for on each card. Have the child decorate the prayer reminder pocket and place the cards in the pocket. Punch a hole at the top of each pocket and put the yarn through the hole so the prayer reminder pocket can be hung.
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