Procedure for Prayer Craft
This prayer craft will work out best if done over a few days or a few class sessions. Trace and cut the handprints on the first day. Then, finish it up the following day.
Pass out a sheet of construction paper to each student in your toddler class. Go around with a pencil and trace each student’s handprint onto the construction paper five times. Each toddler will need five copies of his handprint for this prayer craft. After tracing the handprints, cut them out.
Talk to your class about prayer. Share some common things that you pray for. Pass out three handprints to each toddler. Have them draw a picture of someone or something they pray for on each handprint. You can use one or both sides of the handprint. Label each toddler’s pictures.
Collect the handprints and bind the handprints together to create a prayer book. Use the two remaining handprints for a front and back cover. You can bind the book by punching two holes in the handprints and tying them together with yarn. You can also bind the book with a stapler.
Before you pass out the prayer craft to your students, write a common prayer on the front cover that your class will be familiar with. A great prayer to use is:
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!