Prayer and the Preschooler: Teaching Preschoolers to Pray

Here is a fun Bible time idea: Prayer and the Preschooler-Teaching Preschoolers to Pray

Teaching preschoolers to pray is very important. One of the most frequent questions I get asked in my Preschool seminars is this, “How do I get my preschoolers to pray?” I tell them this, “Just one word at a time.” I go on to further explain that during your prayer time whether as a family or in a classroom setting, encourage your little ones to participate in prayer starting out with only one word if that’s all they feel comfortable saying.

For example, if you are giving thanks for all the good things God gives us, ask your preschooler to just say one word that describes what they are thankful for. They may say, “Grandma” or “dolly”. Whatever they say, give them praise afterwards. Once they feel comfortable with just one word, encourage them to say two and so on and so forth.


Praying at its simplest level is just talking to God. Don’t squelch their learning of this most important skill by demanding more of them than they are able to do or give. If they learn from you that talking to God is as natural as talking to anyone, they will grow leaps and bounds in the area of prayer and before you know it will be speaking sentences and paragraphs to the One who hears them all the time.

Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with prayers for your preschoolers: The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers (Little Blessings Line)

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“In my Father’s house there are many rooms. If it were not true, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

John 14:2

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