Prayer is one of many important lessons taught to children in religious classes. Nearly every religion has prayer as an important part of its doctrine. Given that children like to do things with their hands, crafts can be a way to reinforce lessons about prayer and to remind children of the importance of prayer as part of their everyday lives.
Praying Hands Crafts
A powerful symbol of prayer recognised nearly everywhere is two hands pressed flat together. Use this as the basis for Bible crafts dealing with prayer for kids. Cut out a silhouette of the hands for each child. Give each of them a piece of construction paper and have them draw an arched window on it. Then let them use tissue paper to create a mosaic stained-glass window. The hands can then be glued over the tissue paper.
Have kids create a silhouette of praying hands. Provide them with a template that they can use to cut around on a piece of white construction paper. Then have them glue the white construction paper to a piece of black construction paper so the white forms a border of the praying hands. On the white paper, have kids write a Bible verse about prayer.
Prayer Box Crafts
Give each child a shoebox and have him paint it. Once the paint has dried, have him write a verse about prayer on one side and then draw pictures, attach stickers or glue decorations on the rest of it. Paint the words "Prayer Box" on the lid. Then have each child write a prayer request or praise on a sheet of paper and put it in another child's box. Store the boxes in the classroom and let kids put a different prayer in the box each week. Then give them quiet time to pray for the request in their boxes.
For older kids who have woodworking skill, let them fashion a box out of wood and stain it. Using a wood-burning tool, have them carve a Bible verse about prayer or The Lord's Prayer into the side of the box. The box can then be used to store a rosary, prayer beads or prayer cards.
Prayer Reminder Crafts
Craft projects can serve as a reminder for kids to pray throughout their day. Pass out five index cards to each child and have the kids write one thing to pray about on each card. Give each child a large plastic cup and let her decorate it with stickers, foam cut-outs, sequins or paint. Then have them fold each index card and put it in the cup. Encourage them to put the cup in their room and take out a card every time they pass it to pray for whatever is on that card.
Cut strips of construction paper and have kids write something to pray about on each strip. Then have them glue the strips into a paper chain that they can hang in their room as a reminder to pray.
Prayer Book Crafts
Help kids make their own prayer books filled with either prayers for them to learn or information about how to pray. Fold several sheets of construction paper in half to form a simple booklet. On each page, have kids write a prayer such as The Lord's Prayer, a meal blessing or a Hail Mary. Let them go through old magazines and find pictures to cut out to illustrate each prayer.
For a more elaborate prayer book for kids who can do needlepoint or cross stitch, have them embroider a prayer onto pieces of canvas and then sew the edges of the canvas together in a book form with a cloth cover.
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