(Luke 11 1-13)
A few weeks ago, I posted a craft for our prayer lesson (click here for original post). One of our Sunday school leaders also had a great craft for this lesson, so I invited her to share it with you today. Below is a little information about her, and her instructions for making a Prayer Fortune Teller. This one is good for first grade and up. Even a teenager or two enjoyed making them! Thanks so much for sharing with us, Kathryn!
About me . . .
I love teaching Sunday school! I have a lot of fun getting to know the children at church and creating a fun, welcoming environment for them to have fellowship with their peers each week. Personally, I enjoy the challenge of finding games and activities to hold their interest while teaching them just a little bit about Jesus.
The lesson . . .
Prayer. I struggled with preparing for this lesson. I could work with the kids to memorize the Lord’s prayer, if they didn’t know it already. But, with 6, 7 and 8 year olds, that would not hold their attention very long – nor would it be something they would likely think about once they left church.
My goal for the lesson was to give the kids some tool to help them as they pray . . . and if I could find something that was fun enough for them to do, then maybe they might actually use it more than once when they leave church and go home. And maybe they would even use it with their brothers and sisters, or friends!
I decided to use origami and have the kids make their own fortune teller. You can find a multitude of videos on how to make these on YouTube. (here is just one example)
I used plain white paper, but you could also consider using colored paper, or even paper with a different color on each side. I brought several pre-folded fortune tellers to the lesson for those kids who may not be ready to fold one on their own.
1. Fold the paper into the fortune teller (per video instructions).
2. Color each of the outer squares a different color. The kids may also want to write “red”, “blue”, “green”, etc. on the squares.
3. Flip the fortune teller over and write numbers on each of the triangles.
4. Lift the triangles and write down something to pray about (see * below). Some examples are:
a. Say a prayer for a friend.
b. Say a prayer to thank God for something he has done in your life.
c. Say a prayer for someone you do not know (hurricane victims, soldiers, etc.).
d. Say a prayer to ask for something.
(I cannot get this indent to go away! Argh!!! Sorry about this.)
5. When it comes to “play”, one person puts the fortune teller on his/her fingers and moves it back and forth while a second person picks colors and numbers.
a. Pick a color; move the fortune teller one time for each letter in the color.
b. Pick a number; move the fortune teller that number of times.
c. Pick a second number; lift the flap to read what type prayer to say.
* You may also wish to refer to the BCP, specifically the Catechism on pg. 856-7 which lists the principal kids of prayer: adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition. Some of the younger children may need more specific examples, like “say a prayer for Mrs. Smith”, “say a prayer for our troops”, or “thank God for beautiful weather.”
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