Teaching the Lord’s Prayer to Littles

A few weeks ago after reciting the Lord’s Prayer at church, DH and I were simultaneously hit with the desire to teach the prayer to our children (ages 4 and 2-1/2).  We’ve worked on it for about a week and both of the kids have done amazingly well with learning it!  It especially melts me to hear little 2-year-old Lilah recite it…I should definitely get a video as a keepsake!  Here’s how we’re teaching the Lord’s Prayer to littles!

This is the version of the prayer that we say:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Teaching the Lord’s Prayer to Littles

teaching the Lord's prayer

Here is a compilation of the resources we’ve used in case they’re helpful to anyone else!

Reciting The Lord’s Prayer:

  • We started by practicing line-by-line orally, and only doing a few lines at a time.  We’d say a line and have L&L repeat after us.  
    • The first night went something like this: “Our Father” (repeat), “who art in heaven” (repeat), “hallowed be Thy name” (repeat).  Then we repeated just those 3 parts a few more times.
  • After practicing a few lines each night, we’d say the whole prayer together as a family after our nightly prayer.  L&L joined in as they were able, but DH and I would say the prayer in its entirety.
  • Our church says The Lord’s Prayer every Sunday, so this past Sunday we clued L&L in that we were about to say it so they could really pay attention and join in.  They took it very seriously.

Reading about The Lord’s Prayer:

The Lord’s Prayer Mini-Book:

  • We printed books in color for L&L and I wrote their names on the front for them.  We practiced reading them when we first made them, and now every night each child gets a chance to “read” their book to the rest of us while we all listen.  
    • On their own, they came up with a “reading chair” idea; they take turns sitting in Luke’s anywhere chair and very seriously read their books to us.  Then they take their book to bed with them to read on their own.  
    • I think it’s been really helpful for them to have the visual of the pictures because even though they can’t read the words, it helps to remind them which words come next.
Luke’s book in his rain gutter bookshelf. 

 

Lilah’s book.

 The Lord’s Prayer Stained Glass Window Coloring Page:

  • We printed these on plain printer paper and colored them with crayons one day.  We recited the prayer together a few times while we colored and also listened to Lord’s Prayer songs (see below for song links).
  • I think this would be awesome to print on clear transparency film and color with permanent markers.  You could hang them on your window and it would look like stained glass.  
  • I think this would also be pretty printed on thick paper and painted with watercolors.  
 

  

 

 

Luke’s sheet is hanging in his room.

The Lord’s Prayer Coloring Book:

  • I printed one of each page + a cover page for L&L.  They colored one to three pages per day.  As they’d color, I’d read them the line of the prayer on that particular page.  When they finished all the pages, I put it together into a book for them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lord’s Prayer Songs:

  • Scripture Lullabies: Hidden in My Heart Vol. II has my absolute favorite version of “The Lord’s Prayer.”  It’s song #9.  
    • I contacted them to let them know how much I loved the song and they sent the nicest reply, including a coupon code for my readers AND the chance for me to giveaway 2 of their CDs!  See the bottom of this post for your chance to win!!!!!
  • Grooveshark – My “The Lord’s Prayer for Kids” playlist.  This is a free, online on-demand music streaming and discovering service where you can make your own playlists.

Additional Resources for Teaching the Lord’s Prayer:

Do you have any tips or suggestions for teaching the Lord’s Prayer to little ones?

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