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Prayer Bible and Books:

- The Lord's Prayer
Scripture:  Matthew 6:9-13
Through the Bible in Felt: pg 174

- Hannah Prays for a Baby
Scripture:  I Samuel 1
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 148, 150
The Beginner's Bible:  pg 156
My Story Bible: pg 36-37
Through the Bible Felt:  pg 95

- I Can Talk with God - A fabulous book that explains what prayer is and how to pray.

Helping Kids Pray: 52 Creative Ways to Help Kids Talk to God - Lori suggested using this book on her blog Life Long Learning Adventures

Teaching Children to Pray, Ages 2&3 - Another book suggested by Lori.

- Carrot Seed Carrot Seed -  "When we pray, we should believe in what we are praying for, and whom we are praying to.  Otherwise, those prayers are just empty words that fall to the ground." Idea from Dawn .


Prayer Verses:

I Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.  (Explain that ceasing means stopping.)
Tune: Hot Cross Buns
Pray without ceasing,  (Hands praying, one hand moves out to show "stop.")
Pray without ceasing,  (Hands praying, one hand moves out to show "stop.")
I Thessalonians (Form book with hands)
5:17  (Five fingers)

Tune:  Hush Little Baby
I Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing, pray without ceasing
I Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing, pray without ceasing
(Thank you to Lynn for sharing)


Prayer Songs and Poems:

• Whisper a Prayer (Traditional)
Whisper a prayer in the morning,
Whisper a prayer at noon.
Whisper a prayer in the evening,
He will keep your heart in tune.

God answers prayer in the morning,
God answers prayer at noon.
God answers prayer in the evening.
He will keep your heart in tune.

• Prayer Song (Original Source Unknown)
Tune:  Ten Little Indians

One little, two little, three little fingers
Four little, five little, six little fingers
Seven little, eight little, nine little fingers
Ten little fingers folded in prayer.

• I Have Ten Fingers (Adapted from unknown source)
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

I have 10 fingers (hold up fingers)
They all belong to me (point to self with 10 fingers)
I can make them do great things (thumbs up)
Would you like to see? (point to eyes)

I can shut them tight (make a fist)
I can open them up wide (spread fingers wide)
Put them close together (place fingers together with palms in the air)
I can make them all go hide (place hands behind your back)

I can make them jump up high (hands in the air)
I can make them jump down low (hands on the floor)
Fold them oh so quietly (clasp hands together)
And hold them just so (place hands in lap)

• I'll Pray (Original Source Unknown)
Tune:  The Ants Go Marching In
When I'm feeling sad and blue, I'll pray!  I'll pray!
When I don't know what to do, I'll pray!  I'll pray!
God is with me every day.
God is listening when I pray.
So, I'll talk to God every day, I'll pray!

• We Can Talk to God (Adapted for Unknown Source)
Tune:  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

We can talk to God each day
When we fold our hands and pray.
God will hear each word we say
Ev'ry night and ev'ry day.
We can talk to God each day
When we fold our hands and pray.

• Thank You, Father (Unknown Source)
Tune:  Are you Sleeping?
Thank You, Father, Thank You, Father
For this day, for this day.  (may substitute other words of thanks - food, the sunshine, our family, etc.)
And the (Your) many blessings, and the (Your) many blessings.
A-men, A-men.

Prayer Activities and Crafts:

-  Praying Hands - Have the child join his/her hands together in praying hands.  Lay them down on a piece of paper and trace around.  Paint vinegar on the drawn hands.   While still wet stick down pieces of tissue paper.  As the paper dries, it will flake off and leave color.  Add the title "I Can Talk to God."

- Bubble Prayer Relate blowing bubbles to sending our prayers up to God. Thank you to Lori for sharing this idea and image on her blog Life Long Learning Adventures and with us.

- Cover and decorate a shoe box or kleenex box.  Add a slit at the top large enough for the child to slip his/her hand in. Place pictures of people or things that the child can pray for.  Each night draw one or more out so the child can see the picture and know what to pray for before bed.

- Even though the child is young, start a Family Prayer Journal.  Write down specific prayers along with the date the prayer is answered along with the answer.  Look back through and see how God has provided for your family.

- Make a paper chain by looping pieces of paper together.  Write prayer requests on the chains.

- Make and eat pretzels.  The legend is that a monk used leftover bread dough ropes folded as hands in prayer across the chest to remind his students to pray.  Click for the recipe.

- I've used helium filled balloons in my Sunday school classroom to illustrate how our prayers rise up to God's ears.  We talked about prayers rising up as the balloon rises up.  Then I gave each child their own balloon, let them say a prayer, and release the balloons.  Another idea is to release the balloons with a written prayer attached.  The prayer was for the person who found the balloon. Thank you Dawn for sharing this idea.

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