PRESCHOOL Lessons - The Lord's Prayer

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The following lesson plan was written for preschoolers ages 3 and 4 for First Presbyterian Church, Napa, CA. 

THE LORD’S PRAYER -- PRESCHOOL LESSONS

 

 

SUMMARY of WORKSHOPS

 

ART: What is prayer? The Lord’s Prayer. Make a group poster. Make a prayer shawl.

MUSIC/MOVEMENT: Praise God through music and movement

GAMES: Thanking God, puppet tells a story, “thank God” games

COOKING: Praying for others while rolling out and preparing (pre-made) biscuit dough and learn the five finger prayer.

 

 


 

 

ART WORKSHOP

 

 

What is Prayer?

 

 

Supplies:

  • assortment of old magazines
  • one white poster board (using a marker divide into 4 sections)
  • glue sticks
  • white fabric cut into 12" by 36" pieces (one per child)
  • fabric markers (assorted colors)
  • Shawls made from previous weeks if this is week 2, 3, or 4.

 

Lesson:

 

Talk about Who, What, Where, When, Why of prayer by creating a group prayer poster.


Talk about types of prayers (below) and have them find and cut out a picture in magazines to express each one. Divide a poster board into 4 sections and make a group poster, having them glue pictures (you can display in the courtyard and tell them to be sure to show their parents).

 

1. God, you’re wonderful!
2. God, I’m sorry for …
3. God, thank you for …
4. God, please help _____ with _____.

 

 

 

Create prayer shawls:

 

Each child will be given a piece of fabric 12” by 36” that they will decorate with fabric markers. Explain that they’ll keep it here all month to use in activities throughout the following weeks. The last week of the month they can take it home. (Kids who come on subsequent weeks will use a plain white one, then at the end of class time they can do their art work.)

 

As they work you can read/tell this story:

 

“Jesus’ special friends, his disciples, tried hard to learn more and more about God. They noticed that Jesus often prayed to God. The disciples wanted to pray to God, but sometimes they didn’t know what to say. One day they asked Jesus, “Please teach us to pray.” Jesus said, “When you pray, you can tell God anything. But here are some words you can say:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”

Because Jesus said this prayer, we call it The Lord’s Prayer.”

 

After they finish decorating their prayer shawls, have them sit together with you, put their prayer shawls on and talk to God with you.

 


 

MUSIC/MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

 

 

Praising God in Prayer!

 

 

Supplies:

  • Shawls made from previous weeks if this is week 2, 3, or 4.
  • Wee Sing Bible Songs CD or another CD with the song "My God is So Great".
  • Song: Let Everything That Has Breath (Shout to the Lord Kids #6)
  • Song:  Symphony of Praise (Instruments of Praise #4)
  • Song:  (Don’t You Know) It’s Time to Praise the Lord (Top 25 Kids Praise Songs #8)
  • Ribbons or Scarves

 

Lesson:

 

We’re going to praise God today with our voices and our bodies! What does praise mean?

Have kids put their prayer shawls on. Play the following songs:

 

1. My God is So Great (Wee Sing Bible Songs #45)

 

My God (raise hands) is so great, so strong and so mighty (flex muscles)
There’s nothing (shake head" my God cannot do! (clap, clap)

REPEAT both lines

The mountains (hands form mountain peak above head) are His,
The rivers (wave hands left to right like water) are His,
The stars (wiggle fingers to twinkle like stars) are His handiwork, too.

My God (raise hands) is so great, so strong and so mighty (flex muscles)
There’s nothing (shake head" my God cannot do (clap, clap)
For you! (point to someone)

 

2. Let Everything That Has Breath (Shout to the Lord Kids #6)

 

Have kids get scarves and ribbons from box/bag to move/dance to the song.

 

3. Symphony of Praise (Instruments of Praise #4)

 

This is an instrumental. Have them move to the music with scarves and
ribbons.

 

4. (Don’t You Know) It’s Time to Praise the Lord (Top 25 Kids Praise Songs #8)

 

This sounds like a square dance song --- try a square dance!

 

5. Praise God activity (no music – from book “Don’t Just Sit There")

 

Clap, clap, clap your praise (clap hands)
Clap your praise to God!

Shake, shake, shake your praise (shake hands with someone)
Shake your praise to God!

Shout, shout, shout your praise (cup hands around mouth)
Shout your praise to God!

Whisper, whisper, whisper your praise (finger to lips)
Whisper your praise to God!

Sit and share a cool drink of water! Tell God thank you for water!

 

Distribute ribbons and scarves. Stand in a circle, say the lines of the Lord’s Prayer and after each line pause and have them make a movement that they want to go with the words.

Add other music/movement ideas of your own.

Include “quiet and cool down time” so kids can sit with their prayer shawl on and talk to God. You’ll need to guide this time, explaining how to pray quietly with open ended prayers, like, “God, you are so __________.”


 

 


 

GAME WORKSHOP

 

 

Thank you prayers!

 

 

Supplies:

  • Shawls made from previous weeks if this is week 2, 3, or 4.
  • Puppet
  • Ball
  • hula hoops
  • music CD (may want to use CD from the Music/Movement Workshop)
  • CD Player
  • Coloring Pages (extras)

 

 

Opening: 

 

Put on your prayer shawls!

 

Use a puppet to begin the lesson:

 

Puppet Script

 

Hi! My name is ________. I like to pray. That means I like to talk to God. In the morning when I first wake up, I pray, “Thank you, God, for this sunny day.” Sometimes I pray, “Thank you God for this rainy day.”

Sometimes I like to talk to God about how I feel. I pray, “God, I feel happy today. Thank you God for happy feelings.” Sometimes I pray, “God, I don’t’ feel good today. Thank you for being with me and helping me to get better soon.”

When I eat my breakfast, I pray, “Thank you God for cereal and milk. What did you have for breakfast? Thank you God for (what they named).”

After breakfast I like to play with my friends. I pray, “Thank you God for my friends. You’re all my friends, so I say, Thank you God for (name each child).”

At lunchtime I sing a prayer like this: (tune of London Bridge)

Thank you God for food to eat, food to eat, food to eat.
Thank you God for food to eat. A-men.

After lunch I like to listen to a story from the Bible that my family reads to me. The Bible is a very special book that tells us about God and Jesus.

One story goes like this:

Once Jesus and his friends were on a little hill with lots of other people. Jesus’ friends saw him praying to God so they said, “Jesus, will you teach us how to pray to God?”

So Jesus taught his friends a special prayer that we call The Lord’s Prayer. Listen while I say the prayer for you ….

Our Father …

Now help me at the end of the prayer to say “amen”.

(whisper) God will hear us when we pray (amen, amen, amen)
(shout) In the night or in the day (amen, amen, amen)
(whisper) When we sing and when we play (amen, amen, amen)
(shout) God always hears us when we pray (amen, amen, amen)

Goodbye for now boys and girls. I hope you have fun playing games today to learn more about prayer!

 

 

PRAYER HUG:

 

I’m sure you’ve heard of a bear hug, but how about a prayer hug?

Form a circle and have kids "huddle" by putting their arms over the shoulders of the people next to them.

Lead this cheer: Two, four, six, eight. Thank you, God, we appreciate__________.

Then have each person in the circle shout out one thing he or she is thankful for.

End with the group cheering: Yea, God!

 

 

 

ROLL THE BALL TO SAY THANKS:

 

  • Have kids sit in a circle. 
  • Say:  There are lots of things to thank God for.

    Let's thank God for all the things he's made.    

    When I mention a category, I'll roll the ball to someone in the circle.

    That person has to think of something God has made that fits in that category and yell it out.

    Then that person rolls the ball to someone else.

As you play each category, continue until the ball is rolled to everyone in the circle.
It's okay if a child can't think of an answer or wants to repeat an answer. But if there are too many repeats, whisper a new idea in children's ears.

 

*Thank you, God, for food...
*Thank you, God, for people …
*Thank you, God, for nature...
*Thank you, God, for colors...
*Thank you, God, for animals...

 

 

MUSICAL PRAYERS

 

Collect prayer shawls.

 

Play a game like musical chairs.

 

  • Lay hula hoops on the ground, spread out.
  • Play a music CD and while the music is playing, kids are to walk around outside of the hula hoops.
  • When you stop the music, they’re to stand inside any one of the hula hoops. There will multiple kids in the hoops – let them know this is ok.  Each of them should find something that they all have the same and say “thank you God for ____”.

    Example: All have brown hair. Thank you God for brown hair. Or all have shoestrings in their shoes – thank you God for shoes!
  • Then continue the music and have them walk around again, then stop the music and repeat. Encourage them to get in a different hoop each time with different kids.


If extra time, use coloring pages.

 

JaneJane (Guest) Jan. 3, 2004 

 

Games Adaption Suggestion

 

When we did a Lord's Prayer rotation, there was one game the preschoolers particularly enjoyed:

Have everyone sit in a circle. Holding a bean bag say "Thank you God for...." Everyone then responds "Amen". Toss the bean bag to another person. The person who catches the bean bag then prays "Thank you God for...." with all responding "Amen". Repeat until all have had a turn.

Variations: You could also roll a large ball across the circle or toss a koosh ball instead of a bean bag. Additionally, you could alter the format of the prayer (older children can improvise their own prayers but preschoolers tend to repeat whatever was said by the previous person).




 

COOKING WORKSHOP

 

 

Summary:  baking bread and praying for others

 

 

Supplies:

  • Shawls made from previous weeks if this is week 2, 3, or 4.
  • Plastic Tablecloth
  • Roll of 10-count canned biscuits (need one biscuit per child)
  • plastic knives (one per child)
  • white sugar
  • cinnamon
  • blue ribbon
  • markers to write on the blue ribbons
  • prayer tree

 


Preparation before children arrive:

 

Please preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

 

You may want to try this recipe at home yourself before beginning the first lesson, to check for correct temperature and time.

 

Put down a plastic tablecloth.

 

Sit out the sugar and cinnamon mixture into a small bowls to be shared between 2-3 kids.

 

Lesson:

 

Have kids wash their hands.

 

Assemble the kids around the table.


Open a roll of 10-count canned biscuits. Give each child one biscuit and a plastic knife.

 

Tell them to cut their biscuit into 4 pieces – one cut across and one down.

 

Tell them that these 4 pieces represent 4 people they want to pray for.

Say: Gently roll one of biscuits piece into a ball. Roll it in the bowl of sugar and cinnamon to completely coat it. As you roll it around, think of 1 person you want to pray for. What do you want God to know about that person?

As they do this, lightly spray the round pan with ‘Pam’. Then as you help them pray, have them place their little rolled biscuit in the pan.

Continue with the next 2 pieces in the same way. On the 4th piece, tell them that this one they will pray for themselves – what do they need help with, etc.

Make one layer, then if/when the bottom of the pan is covered, start a second layer.

When their last biscuit ball is in the pan, have the kids wash up while you pour one stick of melted margarine over the biscuits. Then sprinkle some of the cinnamon/sugar mixture over it.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. You will have to check the oven often to make sure it’s working properly/not burning. You can ask the Beacon to do this.

 

While bread is baking teach the 5 FINGER PRAYER:

Put on prayer shawls! This is a way to help us remember others that need our prayers.

First, I want you to put your hands with palms together in front of you as if you are praying. Keep your eyes open so that you can see your hands. You will notice that the closest finger to you is the thumb. Since it is the closest to you, the thumb reminds you to pray for those that are closest to you. Maybe you can pray for your parents and your brothers or sisters.

The next finger is called your index finger. It is used for pointing. Let this finger remind you to pray for those that point you in the right direction. Pray for your teachers at school, your parents, adults at church, and our pastor.

The next finger is the tallest finger. This finger reminds us to pray for our leaders – the president, leaders in our town, police and firefighters, etc.

The fourth finger is the called the ring finger. Did you know that this is the weakest of all the fingers? Just ask any one who plays the piano and they will tell you that is true. Let this finger remind you to pray for those who are weak because they’re sick. Do you know anyone who is sick?

The next finger is the smallest and the last finger. In the Bible Jesus told us to put others first and put ourselves last. Let the little, last finger remind you to pray for yourself.

Let’s try it now … I’ll say the words and when I pause, you pray silently for the things you want to talk to God about.

Heavenly Father, like Jesus, we know we can pray to you and talk to you any time we want to. We pray now for those who are closest to us (pause). We pray now for those who point us to you (pause). We pray now for those who are our leaders in our country and in Napa (pause). We pray now for those who are weak from sickness or other things (pause). We pray now for these things for ourselves (pause). We pray these things in Jesus’ name. And all God’s kids said, ‘Amen!’.


Give each child a blue ribbon (this is the color we’re using for “Supplication” prayers). Help them write the name of someone they have prayed for on a ribbon. Tie the ribbons to our Prayer Tree in the courtyard. Help them say “God, please help ____ with _____.”


If extra time while waiting for bread to bake or cool, color a picture.

When bread is ready, eat and enjoy!

Send prayer shawls home today!!

 

 

Molleary (Guest) Feb. 29, 2004
 
Cooking Lesson Adaption: 
 
I like this idea of making prayer bread and the connection with the ACTS. However, our workshop time would not allow time to prepare, cook, and eat this in 45 minutes.
 
So, I started modifying and came up with the idea of putting the four pieces in
paper-lined muffin tins.
 
The cooking time is reduced down to about 10 minutes.
 
The other bonuses are that the four pieces are still obvious after cooking, each child can
be served on their paper liner, and cleanup is much easier.
 
Exchange Volunteer modified post title and added supplies lists, bolding, indents, etc. for clarity
 

Originally posted by LisaPa

THE LORD'S PRAYER
ART WORKSHOP for Preschooler-K

 

SUMMARY OF LESSON ACTIVITY: Children will decorate journal books with pages representing colors and words to the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Created by Lisa Saliga- 2010
for Life Community Church, Shippensburg, PA

 

 

NOTE: I have revised Lisa Martin's Prayer Rock lesson using the NIV Bible scripture and making Prayer Journals instead.



Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:9-13 NIV  "This, then, is how you should pray: 

" 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, 
    your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

Workshop Objectives:

At the end of the Rotation, the students will

  • remember the Lord’s Prayer.
  • deepen their understanding of the Lord’s Prayer through the definitions provided with the different colors.
  • use scrapbooks to help understand different types of prayers.

 

Teacher preparation in advance:

  • Read background notes
  • Pre-lace journals for younger class*
  • Assemble materials in supply list:  #1, #2, and #3.
  • Copies of the Lord’s Prayer on sticker paper, cut into appropriate strips.
  • (*To save time you may want to pre-lace or even staple journals for all classes and just let them decorate the pages and cover.)


Supply List:

  • *(I used ‘Prayer Journal Craft Kit’ from www.orientaltrading.com)
  • 1 sheet of foam 8 1/2” x 11”, cut in half; hole punched; per child
  • Set of at least 6 sheets of white paper, cut in half; hole punched; one per child
  • Sets of items each representing the following colors – (enough for one set per child) White, Blue, Green, Purple, Brown, Yellow, Silver, Pink, Black, Red, Gold, Orange (Option: use color stickers, or crayons or markers)
  • Lord’s Prayer on printed on sticker paper that can be cut into strips to put on appropriate page of journal. (You can have older kids write them.)
  • Glue, scissors
  • Fabric, felt, yarn, googly eyes, other misc. supplies you can find in the craft closet.
  • Ribbon or string

*If using craft kit, tell the kids they can use the extra pages to write down their prayers; who and what they pray for and answers to those prayers.

 



PRESENTATION:
OPEN:
Welcome and Introductions:


Welcome kids.


Ask: Do you ever see your mommy or daddy write down important things so they can remember them? Maybe they make a ‘to do’ list, or grocery list, or appointments. Lots of times, we can write things down to help us remember. The Bible was written to help us remember how much God loves us. There is a place in the Bible that has the way we should pray written in it.

 

Read the scripture:


Have the kids turn to Matthew 6:5-15. Read up to verse 9.

 

DIG:

Application:


Say: This is called “The Lord’s Prayer”. God used Matthew to write it down so that we can remember the way Jesus taught us to pray and to include the things that are important when we pray.

Read the rest of the verses. You may want to read a more traditional version (KJV or NKJV) and compare the wording.

Activity:
Tell the kids that today we are going to create and decorate prayer journals to help them remember the Lord’s Prayer.

Give children the Prayer Journal craft or foam sheets, white paper and string.

Have them lace the journals together.

Tell them to write (or stick) the Lord’s Prayer separated on pages. (Put the memory book and verse on same sheet. Matthew 6:9-13.)

Next have them glue something on each page that represents the appropriate color. (Optional: Decorate pages using watercolors, markers, or crayons.)

Pass out the handout with the following information: (this is the NIV)

  1. Our Father (white, means God who is light)
  2. In Heaven (Blue, blue heavens)
  3. Hallowed be thy Name (green, enduring, everlasting color like pine trees)
  4. Your kingdom come (purple, royal color)
  5. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (brown, color of the earth)
  6. Give us today our daily bread (yellow, color of grain)
  7. Forgive us our debts (silver, we pay for debts with silver coins)
  8. As we also have forgiven our debtors (pink, love – pink. Forgiveness is key in showing love to our neighbor.
  9. And lead us not into temptation (black, represents sin)
  10. But deliver us from evil (red, blood of Jesus)
    Matthew (gold, God’s word is the most valuable thing to know)
    6:9-13 (orange, remembering scripture makes an impact on our memories like a beautiful sunset)

Discussion:


Explain to the kids how important it is to have a prayer routine. They need to have a set time of day to pray and a special place where they won’t be interrupted.

Discuss the different parts of prayer (A.C.T.S. - Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) Explain that when we pray to help someone else, when we step in to tell God about another person’s need, that is a prayer called intercessory prayer. Like when we pray for our mommy to have a good day or for our daddy to be safe at work, that is an intercessory prayer.

Say: Today we are going to say an intercessory prayer. It will be a “squeeze prayer.” Begin by having each child choose one of their rock people and place it in front of them. Then hold hands. Have each child say a prayer, then when they are finished, squeeze the hand of the person next to them, signaling it is the next person’s prayer. When it gets back to you, add your own prayer, then join in saying the Lord’s Prayer as a group.

Note: Speaking aloud, rather than silent prayer is important because it moves children a step closer to being comfortable praying in public. Silent prayer is an option in some other rotations, but here we want children to practice praying in front of others.

Before beginning, explain that this is an activity to be taken seriously. If any children don’t think they can do this or be respectful of others ask them to excuse themselves now.

 

Reflection:
Explain the meaning behind the journals:


This prayer journal will have a double meaning.
First, it will help us remember the Lord’s Prayer.
(Go through the meaning of each color.)

Second, it will help us pray for people who need our prayers or situations we need God to help us with.

At night, take out your prayer journal. Write down who and what you are praying about. Remember to write down times that God answered your prayers so you can thank Him. Then read the Lord’s Pray.


Clean Up:
Have the kids help clean up.

Journal Time:
Have kids reflect on where and when they can take time to pray and talk to God. Let them write it or draw them praying in their special place.

Optional: use an activity page.

 
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