I Can Pray: Preschool Lesson and Craft

Preschoole Bible LessonsHere is a preschool lesson about prayer for your toddler or preschool Sunday School class at church. It’s based on selected scriptures and teachers younger children this powerful truth – they can talk to God.

This lesson plan was written for a preschool class at church, but it could be modified for other ministry settings. You could expand it for elementary children or use it at home for family devotions.

Bible Truth: I Can Pray
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “pray continually” | Colossians 4:2 – “Devote yourselves to prayer” | Ephesians 6:18 – “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests”
Target Age Group: Ages 2 – 4
Learning Context: Any small group setting like Sunday School or Church Toddler class.
Target Time Frame: 30 minutes
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Materials Needed: Pictures to represent a quiet place (search Google images), being alone, being in a crowd, night, day, storm, sunny day.

Coloring Page: Print off our prayer coloring pages.

Lesson Plan: Briefly explain the following scriptures  to the children, be expressive and show this fact is amazing – God actually wants us to talk to him.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “pray continually”
  • Colossians 4:2 – “Devote yourselves to prayer”
  • Ephesians 6:18 – “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests”

Explain to them that God tells us in His word to pray and that they can pray to God any time.  Explain that praying is talking with God.

Show pictures of places where we can pray. Use the pictures to help kids understand when and where we can pray.

Craft Time:

Materials Needed for Craft Time:

  • Empty/cleaned baby food jars with lids
  • Labels that are preprinted with “I Can Pray”
  • Praying hands/Bible stickers
  • 4 small pieces of paper per child
  • Crayons/pencils

Craft Procedure:

  1. Give each child a baby food jar.  Help him put one of the provided “I Can Pray” labels on it.  They can also use other stickers to decorate their jar.
  2. Give each child four small pieces of paper.  Have kids each draw a picture of something they want to pray for on each paper.  Suggest praying for Mommy, Daddy, your church, and people who are sick.  Have kids fold their drawings and put them into their jars.  During prayer time, have kids pull out pictures and pray for what they’ve drawn.  Challenge kids to take their jars home and have their parents pray with them everyday.

Need More Preschool Ideas? Then browse our lessons for Preschool Sunday School or print one of our free Bible coloring pages.


  1. Maryann says

    Maybe if they bring home a prayer jar, THEY can teach their parents to pray or awaken them to the need to pray! Keep on trucking!

  2. Linda says

    I used this craft idea with my 2 to 3 year olds last week and instead of baby food jars I used craft cardboard boxes and stickers for them to decorate, it worked well.

  3. cherry apruebo says

    Glory and Honor to God!! truly i am very blessed with this website… I can print materials that are free at the same teaching lessons that were really designed for toddlers…Thank you so much for sharing…

  4. Mobo says

    Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas. Just started teaching children about God your website is a real help

  5. Mick Bragg says

    Hi, I have been using your site for about a month now for ideas to use in my children’s church class, ages 4-6. I stumbled upon this lesson at the last minute and came up with an idea to use in the morning. Instead of the baby food jars I’m going to have the children write or draw something on a sheet of paper that they want to pray for and then put them into a big can (Our God Can can) and we will all pray for them. Thought about the part of them taking jars home for parents to pray with them but most of the 25 -30 children in our class are bus kids who are from families that don’t have prayer. Please pray for these young-en’s
    Thanks for the site and the ideas!

  6. Gwen says

    Thank God For You;

    Great Lessons, wonderful resources, you have been a blessing to my kids at Church.

    Thank You

  7. Renata says

    Instead of using baby food jars, you could use small little gift boxes with the lids on them. i bought the boxes form the dollar store or from wal-mart!

  8. Willem Nel says

    I’m teaching a pre-school group in South Africa and have searched so long for material that works and keeps them focused as my ideas are running out and your website is the best, thanks

  9. Angela Diehl says

    Thank you so much! I used one of your lesson plans this evening for my 2 yr old son, and it was wonderful! I have a hard time going to wednesday night bible study, because all he wants to play continually. At home, I could really capture his attention and teach him about Jesus!
    Thank you again!!

  10. jessa kris says

    i love this website..recently, i had to teach children in sunday school for the first time…i really have no idea… but thanks God i found your website…i’m using it til now..thanks for your free website…it really helps a lot..God bless you!

  11. delia says

    Hello Tony, I just want to say thank you for having a big heart for the kids and for sharing what you had. I’m sure this will be agreat help for us in reaching every kids. May God bless you more in everything you do.Glory to God!

  12. florence botchwey says

    I am glad I have the opportunity to talk to you. I have always wanted some things of this nature to upgrade myself in the children`s ministry. I am greatly blessed by your page. The pages are fascinating and mind blowing. May GOD prosper your network.

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