Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 3: I Can Pray to Heavenly Father

Lesson

Behold Your Little Ones (Nursery) Lesson 3: I Can Pray to Heavenly Father

Teaching Thoughts

  • This fun file folder game from Kimberly Bourne Design would work well with your lesson. Put it together as you teach different parts or print one for each child.
  • Practice Reverence- You could practice how to be reverent during a prayer by doing a silly game.  Have a reverent sign or prayer sign then a crazy sign.  When the reverent sign goes up, everyone has to practice by getting in the prayer position and be as quiet and still as can be.  When it goes down, they can laugh and run and dance all silly. 
  • Pictures- Take pictures of the children in a prayer position and put on a small poster board.  Cut and paste the pictures from the manual's handout around the picture or underneath with the words "I Can Pray." The kids can color the poster board while you take pictures- Polaroid will work great.  You can make one giant poster board to put everyone pictures on and use it as a reminder in nursery or make everyone a little one to put up in their rooms as a reminder.
  • Reminders- Before each prayer, make a point of reminding everyone what the prayer is for and how to do it.
  • Manual Handout- Instead of using it as a flip book, cut and staple it into a regular book. 
  • Scripture Scouts Prayer Video- I love the Scriptures Scouts.  You would have to get permission first to use this since its not an official church publication but I think it would be fun to watch!  The video is the one on the right with the picture of the girl in the graduation cap.  This video we sing when we forget how prayer goes. You can also buy Scripture Scouts here and have fun listening to it at home and in class.

The following links are LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.


Teacher Study

"Sweet Power of Prayer" by President Russell M. Nelson

"The Lifeline of Prayer" by President James E. Faust

"Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer" by Elder Richard G. Scott


Music Suggestions

"A Child's Prayer"- Children's Songbook pg. 12

"A Prayer Song"- Children's Songbook pg. 22

"Children All Over the World"- Children's Songbook pg. 16

"Family Prayer"- Children's Songbook pg. 189

"I Love to Pray"- Children's Songbook pg. 25

"I Pray in Faith"- Children's Songbook pg. 14

"Love is Spoken Here"- Children's Songbook pg. 190

"We Bow Our Heads"- Children's Songbook pg. 25

"Tell Me, Dear Lord"- Children's Songbook pg. 176


 
 

My Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 3 handout packet includes

  • Thank Thee and Please Bless Us Signs- Glue onto bags
  • Cards for the Bags- 6 for each bag

Activity Ideas

"I am a Child of God" Dice- This is a good review of lessons up until now.  You could make the dice beforehand then use as a fun way to review and repeat the sentences together.

Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers- You could make this handout and instead of writing, glue some of the pictures onto the paper instead that can be used for the Thank Thee and Bless Us part of the lesson.  You could even make a roller box and do it that way instead. 

Did You Think to Pray?-This one is for older kids if you are doing a FHE or making new goals.  It's a coloring chart for praying in the morning and at night.  You could take the pictures and use them for coloring pages though.

Pray Always and Prayer Reminders- Again, for a little older group although you could use the puzzle for nursery.  The first part is something to read and/or act out together.  The second one is lots of different two piece puzzles to put together about when and how to pray- with family, over food, with eyes closed, etc.  You could use these in the lesson as a fun visual and have the older nursery kids put the pieces together on the board or something.

I Pray to My Heavenly Father- This is a song that you could teach the children on how to pray.

Ponder, Pray, and Listen- I like the handout on this one but the actual activities are better for older kids and FHE. There are several ideas at the bottom though. If you want to use the handout for nursery, it would probably work better for the older nursery and you could have them color the pictures as themselves or people they know and say, "I can pray in the morning. I can pray at night.  Mommy can..." and go through different people. You would need to cut things out beforehand, however.

Take Time to Pray- This is a cute poem you could make up actions for.

What Should I Know About Prayer?- Good for older kids- coloring and quick things to know about prayer.

When I Begin to Pray- This is something that you would have to make beforehand, however, it is a good visual reminder on what you have to do to pray- close your eyes, fold your arms, kneel, etc.  The kids would enjoy moving the puppet and taking turns helping this boy prayer.

What Shall I Say When I Pray?- A handout to color or you could do the activity where you cut out the pictures and put them under Thank Thee or Please Bless.  Could be a fun reminder to keep and point out before prayers in nursery.

Enos Visuals- Half of this handout is Enos visuals that you could make into flannel board characters or just cut out and have the children help you hold up.  The other half of this is more appropriate for an FHE lesson.

Juan Learns to Pray-Flip book to color and put together with yarn or this one.

How to Pray- A poster with quotes from President Dieter F. Uchtdof (First Presidency)

Heavenly Father, Are You Really There?- A bookmark to make with things to pray thanks for.  You could bring some stickers or cut outs from magazines for them to put on the bookmarks.

Talking to Heavenly Father- These pictures would be great to cut out and use somewhere else or to use with the lesson.

The Scriptures Show the Way- Scriptural figures that you can use to tell stories of people praying. 

Preparing to Pray- A poster on how to get ready to pray- you can use it before prayers as a reminder.

Prayer is Reverent Communication- Play memory, cut and paste them or use them to talk about different times to pray.

Seek Guidance Through Prayer- Color, cut, and paste activity

Coloring Pages

I Can Pray to Heavenly Father

I Can Pray to Heavenly Father, and He Will Hear and Answer My Prayers

I Should Respect and Worship God

Where Love Is, We Want to Be