- To teach the children about prayer
- To teach the children why they might want to keep a prayer journal
- To teach children how to create a book
- To help develop their fine motor skills by coloring, gluing, stamping and assembling their journal
Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: White sulphite paper cut in half, a hole punch, rubberbands, craft sticks (colored or plain), Inspirational Stampers and stamp pads, markers, crayons, colored pencils and a variety of Liquid Watercolor™. Pre-cut the paper in advance.
Let's Get Started! Step 1. Ask a child to volunteer to say a prayer with the group.
Step 2. Talk about the meaning of prayer; ask open-ended questions about praying.
Step 3. Tell the children they can create their very own prayer journal.
Step 4. Give each child 4 or 5 sheets of the pre-cut paper.
Step 5. Show the children how to fold the paper in half to create a book.
Step 6. Assist the children with hole punching two holes on the edge of the book, one on the top and one on the bottom.
Step 7. Put each end of the rubber band through each hole and slip a craft stick between the rubber band to bind the book.
Step 8. Let the children decorate the cover of their journals and maybe add a verse such as "Unto thee I shall pray."
Step 9. The children can stamp a picture at the top or bottom of each page.
Furthermore: Preschoolers are just beginning to write, so drawing and cutting out pictures from magazines are great ways for them to fill their prayer journal. Ask them to bring back their journals to share with the class once they complete it.
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