A Child’s Prayer of Thanks & 12 Little Blessings Book Giveaway

When children are young, finding words to pray can sometimes be challenging. This is the reason many of us know the faithful prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep…” Reciting prayers can be helpful for children to form words and habits of prayer. Encouraging your children to form their own words is truly wonderful, but for times they need a little help, a short memorized prayer is a great way to continue God-honoring behavior.

Simple habits for young children potentially develop into powerful prayer habits as adults. Here are just a few tips on ways our family has discovered to unify our hearts regarding prayer (and not that we’ve perfected them by any means!):

  • Close your eyes. This is simply a sign of reverence.
  • Fold your hands. This will help them stay focused.
  • Or hold hands with family members. Doing this signals unity in prayer and love for family.
  • Keep prayer reminders on the fridge- a great way to keep prayer a priority.
  • Use prayer journals to track prayers and answers to prayers.
  • Pray at the same time each day. Before meals and at bedtime have really worked for us.

The above are just a few ideas our family has found to encourage prayer in the lives of children. I also wrote this child’s prayer of thanks. This short prayer can assist in keeping a positive attitude and remembering the Provider of all blessings.

Dear God,

I’m thankful

For all You give:

For food,

For love,

A place to live.

I thank you for my family too

And I want you to know

that I love you.

Amen.

childs prayer of thanks

Today I have the most precious children’s book up for giveaway! 12 Little Blessings is a book about counting God’s provisions. Each page includes a Bible verse and a two phrase prayer, perfectly designed for children ages 3-7.

blessings book giveaway

I love this little book and so do my kiddos, especially my two youngest. As part of the Really Woolly brand, the sweet animal characters in the book are fun and cute. The soft sweet rhymes are a wonderful reminder that God is the giver of every wonderful thing. This book is also a great tool for teaching your children to count! Here’s a little preview of the book:

 

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Isn’t the Really Woolly brand sooo adorable?

I was thinking the colors of the book are perfect to tuck in an Easter basket and then I discovered a couple items that would be super cute with it! Here’s the puzzle:


Really Woolly – John 3:16 – Easter Puzzle – $2.99

from: DaySpring Cards Inc

And this wonderful set to keep the focus on Christ at Easter:


Really Woolly Kids – Jesus is Risen! Celebration Set – $2.99

from: DaySpring Cards Inc

If you’d like to see more information or order this sweet DaySpring 12 Little Blessings book, click here. And if you want to tuck in the Jelly Bean Poem in your Easter baskets or to give away as sweet Gospel reminders, then click here for the free printables.

But I KNOW you want to enter to win a copy of the book, so follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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18 Comments

  1. With my 3 year old, I think consistency is key. He knows our mealtime prayer by heart now and he enjoys naming off different family and friends names in our bedtime prayer.
    My husband I used to teach a small sunday school class of 9-10 year olds. When class started we’d ask each of them to think of something they’d like to pray for and then I would include them in our group prayer. I think getting kids involved is very beneficial as well.

  2. Hi Rachel
    The method i used to teach my kids to pray is before eating and going to bed. We all pray as a famiky closing our eyes and folding our hands.. 🙂

  3. I love each one of these gifts! I have a great niece who will be turning two in April. I want to teach her about Jesus. I hope I win!

    I also shared this link on my Heart Choices Facebook page.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  4. Hannah Johnson says:

    My child is only 18months old but we plan on reading her books about Easter and hoping they talk about it in the toddler room in church. 🙂

  5. Linda in Maryville says:

    My children are adults, but I currently work with children in a bible study, and we teach them a simple prayer when they come to us and add new aspects as they grow older.

  6. I am a preschool teacher and I teach by praying the first half of the school year and then in January I invite
    the children to pray themselves. There are days I am in tears as they say the most precious prayers.

  7. Darlene R. says:

    Repeating the same pray night after night and then gradually adding special requests.

  8. I love taking my daughter to church so she can learn about Jesus and we ask if the little one ever have any prayer requests and teach how important it is to pray. We also pray before every meal.

  9. By example. It was funny the other day I had my hands folded up to my mouth for no reason and my daughter asked if I was praying. I need to be better though about making my girls pray more and for people.

  10. This book is too cute! My 3 year old son would love it! He has really been getting in to praying before dinner and bedtime. Attending Cypress and the childrens center has really help us with this.

  11. I have a golden book of prayers from years and years ago that we read, pray a few short sentences when we do bible reading and bedtime devotions. We also pray for meals.

  12. Although my daughter is now 14 years old, daddy and I still cuddle up with her at bedtime. First we go over our day and talk about the positives and negatives of the day, and what we can do as we pray to change the negatives. Then we read a Bible verse and pray and say our “goodnight.” We all look forward to bedtime every day because it allows us to come together at the end of the day just to be together and share the Word of God as a family. Blessings!

  13. We teach them by example, sometimes fill in the blank to prompt them, writing a request down and reading it as a prayer

  14. I teach my children to pray and bless their food by example. Taking them to church and children’s church.

  15. kelly Harper says:

    Great gift for easter!

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