Jess here with a fun and very useful tool for your family prayer time. As a parent to two small children, I’m always looking for ways to make our family Bible Time more productive and meaningful, and to help my boys focus on prayer and study of God’s word. And let’s face it…as parents of little ones, we can also use some assistance with focusing, too! Let me also clarify that this is not just for little ones..you can use this with kids of any age. This is a good way to get kids started with praying for others and thanking God for the blessings He’s given us. The way it works is simple. When it’s time to pray as a family, each family member chooses one stick from the pail (it could be more than one, depending on the age of your kiddos) and prays for whatever or whomever is listed on the stick. See? Easy peasy! It had really worked well with my boys. It is a part of our family Bible Time that they look forward to, and has helped them develop a stronger prayer life, even at such a young age. So, without further delay, let me introduce you to the Prayer Pail!
Now I’d like for y’all to believe that this was an original thought from my creative mind, but alas, I found this idea while perusing Pintrest one evening. I did, however, personalize it for my liking and for my family. As you can see, it’s a pretty simple project. It was actually my first project last year when I became a stay-at-home mama, so it’s a little special to me! So here’s the scoop on how to make your own.
For starters, pick a pail that works for you. I liked the openness and functionality of a flower pot. You could also use a mason jar, can, cup, the possibilities are really endless. I typed up on cardstock a cute label for the front, and added a Scripture regarding prayer to the back, as you can see below. Make it your own, decorate however you like!
Once your pail is prepped and ready, now your ready for the craft sticks. This is a task that you can share with your older kids. It can make it more meaningful to them to think of others and to decorate the sticks for the family. For our family’s sticks, I wrote down all the names of our immediate and extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents), the boys’ classmates and friends in Bible class, special friends of our family, material blessings (food, clothes, house, etc.), things pertaining to our nation (soldiers/troops, the president, freedom, etc.), others (the lost, those sick, those hurt, our community, etc.), and of course, the church (the elders, deacons, preacher, teachers, missionaries, etc.). Again, the possibilities are really endless! Here is an example of a few of our sticks:
And there you have it! You’ve made your very own Prayer Pail! One last thing to mention is that I added dried beans to my pail to make my sticks “stand up” in the pail. Just a note of caution and sanity-saving advice is that if you add beans or other small items to your pail, you may want to put the pail on a counter or other high surface out of reach from little hands. I learned this lesson the hard way. I’m still finding beans in the back of toy trucks and construction equipment! 😉
I hope this how-to tutorial will be useful to you and your family! Feel free to share your ideas and feedback about this project, and post pictures of your own Prayer Pail! I always like to see creative ideas from others. Until next time!