Here is a fun and creative way to teach “The Lord’s Prayer” for preschoolers. It uses a Bible story telling technique called “Flip and Find.”
Is “The Lord’s Prayer” for preschoolers too much to introduce at this young age? My answer is, no. It’s never too early to begin teaching your children how to pray. Your preschooler is like a sponge and if you model a life of prayer even at the early ages from birth to 5 years old, your little one is off to a healthy start to a great prayer life.
There are LOTS of prayers in the Bible, but perhaps the most well-known prayer is “The Lord’s Prayer.” It is found in the Bible in Matthew 6 and in Luke 11. Jesus shows His disciples how to pray. The Matthew 6 version starting in verse 9 goes like this:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ (NIV)
While there are a lot of “big” words in “The Lord’s Prayer” for preschoolers, you can introduce the prayer by using different pictures to help them get acquainted with how Jesus prayed.
I introduced this Bible idea/game in one of my preschool programs called “Let’s Pray.” The technique that I use to share it is a Bible storytelling idea I like to call “Flip and Find.” This technique is based on the element of surprise. Preschoolers LOVE surprises.
How to present “The Lord’s Prayer” for preschoolers:
To begin with, I separated the prayer into 6 sections and showed a picture that represented each section.
Section 1: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name – I chose a picture showing the name of GOD.
Section 2.: “…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…”” – I chose a picture of the earth.
Section 3: “…Give us today our daily bread…” – I chose a picture of a some bread.
Section 4: “…And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors…” – I chose a picture of a child praying.
Section 5: “…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ – I chose a picture of the word “BAD” with a big “X” over it.
Section 6: “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.” – I chose a picture of a crown.
I placed each of the 6 pictures on a piece of paper 8.5″ x 11″. On the back of these pictures, I placed a portion of a large “surprise” picture on the back.
As you can see in the video, I have placed all 6 cards on a pocket chart. You can find pocket charts from Oriental Trading Company at this link: http://www.orientaltrading.com/red-pocket-chart-a2-13715185.fltr?keyword=pocket+chart
I also created a slide presentation for each of the pictures and show them up on my screen. As I show each slide, I let a child come forward and find the matching picture on my chart and let him flip it over. The children will enjoy seeing the “surprise” picture come together as you share the whole prayer.
You can create your own “Flip and Find” Bible Game for”The Lord’s Prayer” for preschoolers or you can click on the following link to purchase my version along with the slides for the power point presentation. Click HERE to purchase the product.
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