Friday 1 July 2011


Prayer Jar for Children

Age: From 2.5 years old

Objective(s): To teach the child how to pray in a fun way

1. Empty cleaned jam, nut butter or baby food jars with lid
2. Clipart with a child prayer printed with the words “I Can Pray”
3. Fun stickers such as stars, etc.
4. Pictures of prayer items or 4 small pieces of paper for the child to draw
5. Crayons/pencils
6. A ribbon

1. Give each child a jar and tie the ribbon around the neck of the jar.

2. Help him put one of the provided “I Can Pray” clipart labels on it. They can also use other stickers to decorate their jar.

3. Print out pictures as prayer items such as mommy, daddy, grannny, granddad, your church, your country, people who are sick, the poor, a good sleep, etc.

4. Let your child choose approx. 3 pictures of the prayer items he would like to pray for and ask him to put them into the jar.

5. Each morning or evening during bed time prayer, take out each of the picture from the jar and pray together with your child.

6. Suggest that your child to try and pray by telling him that praying is like talking to God.

* If your child is old enough to draw, give him pieces of paper for him to draw the things he would like to pray for and ask him to put his drawings into the prayer jar.

You can also let your child put out the labels and glue it onto the jar.

If you print two sets of prayer item pictures, you can use it for a matching game. Turn all the picture face down, and ask the children to each take turn to turn two pictures randomly. If the two pictures match, he gets to keep the pictures. The child with the most set of pictures win.

Additional Information:
This is one of the ways you can make teaching the lesson about prayer fun for children.

I wonder whether Joshua really understands the concept of prayer jars, but some evenings during bedtime, Joshua would ask me to bring the jar to his bed, and say to me that he wanted to pray for some items from the prayer jar. However, he would take out all the items in the jar!!! Well, now I try to limit him to take out at most 4-5 items from the jar, as otherwise, the bed time routine would drag until the morning! We would pray and then he would request me to put all the items back into the jar.

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