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Toddler Lesson – Praying for our Families

on March 22, 2013

For the past few weeks, the 3s and 4s have been learning about our family relationships, starting off with obeying our parents, then sharing Jesus with our families.  This week we talked about praying for our families.  As usual, keep in mind that this lesson was only designed to take about 20 minutes, so if you need to fill a longer time-span, be sure to plan accordingly.

Goal:  Today we will learn that we should share Jesus with our families.

Key Scripture: “Love each other with genuine affection.” – Romans 12:10

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Mats
  • Stickers
  • What Did Jesus Say about Prayer by Helen Haidle
  • 6 copies of Praying Hands Book
  • 6 copies of cut-out boxes
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Snack
  • Dixie cups

Circle Time:  Have everyone find a mat and sit in the circle on the foam tiles.  Sing the welcome song, “I’m Glad I Came to Church.”

I’m glad I came to church; I’m glad I came to church!

With all the other boys and girls, I’m glad I came to church!

(Name) came to church; (Name) came to church

I’m so happy (Name’s) here, I’m glad (he/she) came to church!

(To the tune of “A Hunting We Will Go”)

Add stickers to attendance charts, then return to the foam tile area.

Lesson:  Read the book What Did Jesus Say about Prayer by Helen Haidle.  Explain that God wants to hear from us and listens to us when we pray.

Direct the children to sit at the table.  Give each child a Praying Hands Book and the two cut-out boxes.  Help each child to cut out their cut-out boxes and paste the boxes onto the inside palms of the hands.  Then, help the children to write the names of their family members on the fingers of the hand.  Also ensure that each child’s name is written in the heart on the front of the book.

Give each child a snack.

Conclusion:  Have everyone find a mat and sit in the circle on the foam tiles.

Prayer Time:  Have the children hold up their praying hands book and tell us the names of the people in their family.  After everyone has shared, have the children hold their praying hands books open while you lead them in a brief prayer for their families.

Sing “I’m Glad I Came to Church” to close.

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2 responses to “Toddler Lesson – Praying for our Families

  1. 4allseasons2000 says:

    Some great ideas here. I teach the 5-year olds in our church’s Sunday School Program. I have been looking for some ways to incorporate scriptural teaching to our children in and around our house as well. Some of your ideas would work well for that. Thanks!

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