The National Day of Prayer is celebrated each year in May. The date as well as the theme change each year. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the prayers and ways to pray that your preschoolers have learned throughout the year.
This theme page is just a start to provide you with some preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom. If you have any ideas to add, please Contact Me by clicking here. link on the left of this page near the bottom. I'd love to add your activity, with your name on it, on this theme page!
For more information about the history of this day, you can go to the official National Day of Prayer website.
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your National Day of Prayer Theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Materials Needed: A printout of praying hands (or their hands traced!), tissue paper, glue and construction paper (their choice of color)
The children tear (or cut) tissue paper and glue it all over their paper. They then glue on the praying hands or their hand prints on top.
Materials: Large unit blocks and smaller blocks.
The children can work on building a large floor sized box with the large, unit blocks. They invite other children to choose a small block to place in it and state something they want their friends to pray about for them.
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
What is Prayer?
Explain to the children that prayer is a time to talk with God. We should tell God what we are thankful for and what we might be worried or scared about.
Try going around the circle and asking each child to say one thing they are thankful for. Write each item down. When all have had a turn, show them how to fold their hands, and then tell them you will pray and when you say "In Jesus name" they say "Amen".
We are thankful for....(read what each child has said). Thank you for all of the people and things we have that make us happy. In Jesus name we pray......AMEN!
Ways to Pray
Ask the children about different ways they talk to others. Remind them about family who live far away...some answers may be: talking, whispering, yelling, using the telephone, writing letters or e-mails, etc.
Tell them that there are many ways to talk to God and all the ways are called praying!
Some people whisper prayers (demonstrate this)
Some people pray out loud.
Some people write in a prayer journal.
Some people talk in their heads quietly to God.
Remind them of this discussion as you do some of the activities listed on this page.
Prayer to Learn
This is the prayer we say prior to snack.
Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you God for everything.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific theme questions while making these fun snacks!
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Materials: Provide babies, cribs, baby clothes etc. The "Mommies" and "Daddies" take care of the babies and you can show them how to pray for their babies.
--More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Materials Needed: White paper, red and blue paint, star stickers.
Encourage the kids to make a flag (have one in your classroom for them to see). This can be a reminder for them to pray for our nation.
Materials needed: Construction paper, black marker, stickers and crayons and markers.
On each paper, print in large letters "________'s (child's name) Prayer Mat"
The children then decorate it and you laminate them for the children to take home as a reminder to pray before meals.
If there is a special echo prayer that you say at school before snack, add the words to it on their mat.
EXTENSION: I've seen Prayer Mats that were actually made out of sample carpet squares. The teacher wrote each child's name on it in paint.
The children decorated it with paint and I believe the teacher sprayed it to seal the paint. The children took it home to have by their beds for night time prayer.
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Materials: Strips of paper of different colors, markers, tape.
The children draw, or you write down, items they want to pray about. Things they are thankful for, worried about,etc.
Show them how to make these into a chain by connecting and taping each one. As you help them place each one on, teach them how to pray!
Dear God: Thank you for my Mom (chain 1); thank you for ice cream (chain 2); etc.
Jesus Loves Me
Teach the children this song. Add the sign language movements if you know them as well!
Making Music for the Lord
Get out your musical instruments and make beautiful music to praise Him!
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Materials Needed: A decorated box (such as a shoe box with praying hands drawn or glued on it), index cards and markers or crayons.
The children can draw pictures of (or you can write down) items that they want to pray about and put it in the box. When you say your prayer at the end of the day with the children, hold this box and pray that all of the children's concerns and prayers be lifted up to Him.