Marshmallow Madness: Teach your Children to Pray

I challenge you to spend 20 minutes a week being intentional about passing your faith on to your kids
           …and all you need is a bag of marshmallows.

This week: Teach your Children to Pray

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 

I tip my hat to the monthly moms group at the Regina Christian School for the ideas presented here- thanks ladies!

Families sometimes feel stuck in a prayer rut, where our prayers are repeating over and over. Kids, too, can fall into a habit of monotone praying. There are many great prayers, and this one does a good job of reminding us to pray for other people in our life. Have you heard of the “FIVE FINGER PRAYER”? It’s an easy way to teach kids to pray selflessly.
Five Fingered Prayer
The twist on this of course is that we’re going to eat marshmallows while we pray!
Have the children choose 5 large marshmallows each:
One to represent somebody in their family, one to be a pastor or teacher, another to represent our Pime Minister, one to be a baby or sick person, and one to represent themself. Now place a marshmallow on each finger of one hand. This is our 5 Fingers of Prayer. If you have those little cake decorating tubes of icing you can find at any grocery store, you can let the kids decorate each marshmallow. Perhaps a tie on the Prime Minister, a thermometer in the mouth of the “sick” marshmallow, or a cross on the marshmallow for the pastor. Craft stores even have markers that are edible-that might be a good investment for some of our marshmallow adventures!
Now we pray.
First, our thumb. This is closest to us. Pray for our families and friends to be healthy and blessed…then eat that marshmallow.
Second, our pointer finger. Pray for those who point the way, ask for wisdom and support for our pastors and teachers… then eat the marshmallow.
Third, our middle finger- the tallest one. Pray for wise decisions from our leaders,government and Prime Minister… and then yep, eat that marshmallow.
Fourth, our weakest finger. Pray for those are weak, sick, or hurt. Ask God to intervene and provide health and wholeness to their lives. Then, you guessed it- eat up the marshmallow.
Fifth, our baby finger, the last finger is ourselves. Ask God for things you need before you eat the last marshmallow.
The palm is the surprise ending in our 5 finger prayer. Now that the marshmallows are all eaten, show your child how to hold their hand open, palm up, like they’re receiving a gift. To remind them that God has given us so much, ask your child to thank Him for 5 extra blessings. After you have prayed this final prayer of thankfulness you can drop one last marshmallow into their palm, to surprise them with one extra gift.  Yum 🙂 marshmallow people
***Just in case you’re worried about the sugar, my bag of Kraft Marshmallows says that 6 large marshmallows has 150 calories and 26 gr of sugar, which wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be. I’ve had granola bars that were worse. Still, you could adapt this and use real markers on the marshmallows for the fingers, and then of course don’t eat them.***
Finish off with a quick family prayer. God cares about every area of our lives; let’s encourage the children to pray about whatever is on their hearts. Add to your prayer journal weekly, and be sure to leave space to jot down a quick note when God answers the prayer. Your kids will grow stronger in their faith when they can look back and see what the Lord has done. How did this work for you? Did you adapt it to fit your family?
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