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{Prayers In A Jar}

I’ve taught my children to pray throughout the years simply by praying with them and having them lead prayer also. Whether it’s saying grace or saying a bedtime prayer, practice  helps them get comfortable with prayer. It also helps make prayer a normal, every-day, part of life.

I used to say a piece of a prayer and have my daughter repeat. Eventually she got the hang of it and interrupted me, “Okay, Mommy. I know what to do.”

Now that she is comfortable praying, and even asking to lead prayer sometimes, I wanted to find a way to help her (and the other kids) be more thoughtful and spontaneous with their prayer time.

I don’t pray all my prayers in front of them. They don’t hear all the things I come to God in prayer with. I wanted them to understand that there’s more to prayer than, “thank You” and “I want…”. I wanted them to not become accustomed to a repetition of words and assume  they got their ‘prayer fix’ for the day.

In an effort to get their brains and heart rolling, I made this very easy and inexpensive {Prayers In A Jar} craft. If you have 10-15 minutes, then you too, can make one of these. They’re fun and they help broaden our children’s  prayers. It helps them see that there’s so much more to this amazing gift and privilege of prayer.

Remember my {5 Minutes To A Free Organization Container} post? Well this is almost identical. Same concept.

Items needed:

  • Yogurt cup, individual portion size (Free, don’t throw them away when you’re done eating your yogurt)
  • Pretty paper (Use whatever you find at home. No need to go buy some. You’ll be using a very small size for this)
  • Glue
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Foam Craft Sticks (or wooden craft sticks) ($1 at the Dollar Store)
  • Pen/marker

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If my daughter was older and more careful, I would have used a pretty jar. But since she is known for dropping things, using this plastic container and foam craft sticks worked best.

Cut your scrap paper to size and then glue onto the clean yogurt container.

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Using marker or pen, on each craft stick write out small prayer suggestions/ideas. 

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Place craft sticks into container and wallah!!! Instant {Prayers In A Jar}!

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I used white paper and a pen to write out {my PRAYERS} on the front. Just for a pretty little design. If you have time, you can also print out a little label instead using a nice font.

We keep it where we can see it and be reminded of our {Prayers In A Jar}. Easy access. 

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There are so many ways to vary this craft. The point is to do something that will get our kids excited about prayer.

Now it’s your turn. I want to hear from you. Let me know how yours turned out, and if you have any pictures, even better!

 

© 2016 Darlene Collazo | {In Pursuit} My Quest

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