Let your kids make their own book of prayers, then let them chose their favorites to say at family prayer time.
This article is adapted from 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids
Letting kids be “in charge” of their own learning—within some set bounds—is a powerful way to get them engaged. You can teach them new prayers this way, too, by having them make their own book of their favorite prayers, then letting them occasionally choose one or more of those prayers to say at bedtime.
Along the way, they’ll be copying out their favorite prayers . . . another aid to helping them memorize them.
Here’s what to do:
- Use a blank notebook, journal, or scrapbook to create your family book of prayers. Alternatively, have your kids make their own book by hole-punching pages and tying them together with yarn or string.
- Begin by having your kids copy down prayers they already know.
- As you try out new prayers with your kids (drawing on other prayer books and the Internet), add the ones you especially like to your prayer book.
If this is a practice you keep up over the years, you can provide each of your children with a copy of the book as they leave home.
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