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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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Kristie says:

    I LOVE Scripture Lullaby’s my oldest listens to the vol 1 while napping and to go to sleep at night. I would love vol 2 for my second. 🙂

  • Dickersons says:

    I love your music ideas!! We’ll have to check out scripture lullabies!!

  • Monika says:

    Such great ideas, thanks! I think often something as substantial as the Lord’s Prayer seems like too much, but teaching it to them piece by piece as you outlined is the key!

  • Lori says:

    You did great! These are amazing cd’s I have one in each of my boys’ room to fall asleep to. If we win, we’ll give ours to some friends who’ve liked ours.

  • Carrie says:

    thanks for the giveaways. like the gutter bookshelf by the bed.

  • abccraftymom says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have done the Our Father prayer color booklet too, thanks to you. My daughter is loving learning about Jesus, so I know she would love the cds.

  • Valerie says:

    We are about to start teaching our girls the Lords Prayer so this was soooo perfectly timed! Thanks so much for sharing your resources.

  • I’ve had my 3-year-old repeating the prayer line by line, just whenever It think of it. She repeats it well. We say it as a family every day, so I think she will pick it up pretty quickly. But the song would sure be a nice bonus. I learn so much by music myself, and I’m sure my little ones will, too.

  • Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lisa says:

    I love to play music while the boys are getting ready for bed, and would love to have some new music. I love the Lord’s prayer ideas, too!!

  • Shonda says:

    I love how you made the Lord’s Prayer so relevant to your kids!

  • I love this post. I especially love the little Lord’s Prayer books you printed out for each of your kids so they can “read” it themselves!

  • Niki says:

    Ooh! I hadn’t thought to teach them the Lord’s prayer yet. I may have to start working on that as well as downloading the book. 🙂

  • Brook says:

    Love your method of teaching the Lord’s Prayer. Can’t wait to try with my little one.

  • JF123 says:

    Love the bookshelf idea! Love your blog!!

  • JF123 says:

    Love the bookshelf idea! Love your blog!!

  • JF123 says:

    Love the bookshelf idea! Love your blog!!

  • JF123 says:

    Love the bookshelf idea! Love your blog!!

  • NeKisha says:

    I have played the one song they have on You Tube for my children so many times at bedtime. I would love to be able to share a whole album with them. thank you.

  • I have vol. 1 and would love to hear the new vol. 2!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    We just bought volume II, can’t say enough good things about it! Love your blog :).

  • Ben and Mal says:

    My 2 1/2 year old didn’t want to do bed-time prayers anymore until the Easter Bunny left her a prayer book…now she’s totally into it 🙂 I think that your ideas are next on the list for her! Praying is so fundamental.

  • Ms. Liz says:

    Visuals always work best when it comes to teaching my own Son, especially something he created himself, so I adore that you had your kids make their own books and that they have easy access to those books. Great idea, thanks for sharing 😉

  • Cassie Upton says:

    You rock! Keep up the great work!

  • Rachel C says:

    Thanks for the great resources! I need to start this with my little ones as well.

  • Jenna says:

    Thank you for this great post. I’m working with my boys on the Lord’s Prayer and went searching for ideas. Yours is the best post I’ve come across yet.

  • Jenna says:

    Thank you so much, I was just wondering when we should start saying it. WE try to tell them in advance before we say it in church so they can listen at least. This will help a bunch.

  • Amy says:

    After our bedtime routine, books & prayers, I started reciting different passages of scripture in my 3 1/2 yr daugther’s ear as the last thing I do before I leave her room. To my suprise, she picked up on the memorization very quickly and soon started saying them with me. Took her aboout a week to learn the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23 and about 2 weeks to master Psalm 1. Now trying to pick the next passage to work on. My mom had me start hiding the Word of God in my heart at a very young age and it has never left me. Sweet memories!

  • Amy says:

    Wow, what an amazing post!! I will be getting to work with your compilation of ideas 🙂 🙂

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