Teaching Toddlers About Prayer

I have been slowly (and I do mean slowly!) going through the ABC Jesus Loves Me preschool curriculum with my toddlers for about half a year now.

Even though we have repeated some weeks due to short attention spans, and busy schedules, in that short time, my girls have grown educationally by leaps and bounds! The creepy thing is that Thyme (1 ½ years old) is actually learning right alongside her 3 ½ year old sister, learning her ABCs and 123s and colors and shapes and so on… I had no idea they could learn SO FAST!

I have been meaning to start blogging more about homeschool topics, and after much thought, I have decided to share the VERY FIRST thing we do each morning before we embark on homeschool endeavors… and that is, pray!

If my kids learn ANYTHING from a home education, I think the most crucial aspect as a Christian mom is teaching them how to approach God and talk to their Creator. And before we do anything, we open our day in prayer.

Children are born with faith. Teaching your toddler and preschoolers to pray at an early age is one of the easiest things, and it is quite likey that once you encounter the faith of a child, spending time in prayer with them may teach YOU a thing or two!

Below are three tips for how to introduce your children to prayer:

Model Prayer For Your Children

As parents, our job is simply to demonstrate for our kids how easy it is to talk to God. When a child of any age hears their parents talking to God, displaying an intimate relationship with the Creator, it is already instilled in the child that prayer is simply talking to God and having a conversation!

Children need to know early in their lives that they can talk to God just like they talk to Mommy, Daddy, or a best friend. They need to understand that God is there and attentive to what they have to say. Instead of putting them on hold or playing a recorded message, God is always willing to listen – whether they are on the playground, at a friend’s house, in the car, or at church.

One of the first ways children learn the importance of prayer is hearing their moms and dads pray.

Encourage Your Toddlers to Pray With You

My three year old loves to pray with me before we start our homeschool sessions every day. She is always so excited to talk to God, and is always so quick to thank God for the mundane things that we take for granted as “grown ups”. It is humbling to see her faith blossom as we talk to God each day before learning the ABCs and 123s.

Aside from homeschool prayers, I always invite the girls to join me in praying for God’s favor, protection, and peace each day. I always make sure we thank the Lord for something specific – a gift, talent, or physical item. It is so precious to see the girls so eager to express thanks for things they have in their life, from the big things to the tiny details!

Introduce Different Types of Prayer

The main topic of our prayers are thanksgiving in nature. I encourage the girls to express thanks for things from the food we eat, the family we have and the gorgeous day. You can learn a lot about your toddler just listening to what they are thankful for, because they want to thank God for everything and I do mean everything!

But it is also important to teach toddlers to pray for healing by praying over their hurts, pain and sicknesses. Teach them to pray for forgiveness, by helping them to pray when they have sinned. Teach them to pray for others by sharing prayer request with them and praying together.

When your day has prayer throughout it and it includes your children at their earliest age, this alone will be the tools needed to teach your toddlers and preschoolers to pray on their own.

I hope you guys found this homeschool guide helpful! God bless!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

35 thoughts on “Teaching Toddlers About Prayer

  • 8 February, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Those girls are so beautiful! I’m so glad that you are the kind of woman that would lead our girl in prayer! You are such an amazing momma!

    • 8 February, 2017 at 4:56 am

      Awwww, thank you husband of mine! I am BEYOND blessed to have you as a partner!!!!! <3

  • 8 February, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I love these photos! It was so cute when Tessa prayed for her Auntie Jessi to make it home safe & sound. Love these babies. Btw, when we did home preschool w/ Jeremy, you were learning right along with him & you two are the same ages apart as the girls are.

    • 8 February, 2017 at 4:57 am

      Yeah, sometimes Tessas prayers just break my heart!! And wow! It is crazy to think Jeremy and I have the same spacing as Tessa and Thyme… so if this is a pattern, Thyme will be WAY SMARTER than Tessa, right???? (I kid, I kid!!)

  • 8 February, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Thanks a lot 😀

    This is super interesting and useful dear. 😀

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  • 8 February, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I don’t pray. Wouldn’t make sense for me, because I don’t believe. Neither do my parents, so I’ve never seen them praying or do anything religious.

    • 8 February, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Prayer is just talking to the Creator, it doesn’t necessarily have to be passed on from parents to children. I believe because I see a world that could not create itself, and complexities in natural all the way down to the tiniest molecular level, and I know that there had to have been intelligent design. <3

  • 8 February, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    This sounds like some really practical advice.

  • 8 February, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Loved your post and the pictures! And yes, praying with the kids helps a lot; I remember my dad and granny always praying, at least twice a day, and I was taught to do that – so at night, before sleeping I prayed. Very sweet memories, very cherished, so I thank for your post soooo very much, all full of love through the memories now… and some tears too 🙂 Hope you have a very lovely day!

    • 8 February, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Awwww, I am glad you liked the post! It is so precious to pray with my little ones, I love seeing how they talk to God. I learn so much from them, and I hope they treasure these memories one day too!!

  • 8 February, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    What an inspiring blog post! I pray every day as I think that it’s really important.
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • 9 February, 2017 at 2:16 am

      Happy to hear that! Glad you found this post uplifting! <3

  • 8 February, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    So many great ideas here! I always pray with my daughter or son (whoever I am putting asleep that night) before bed. Sometimes I lead it, sometimes they do. I always enjoy it when they lead it, it’s interesting to hear what they say and pray to God about. 🙂


    • 9 February, 2017 at 2:17 am

      Right?! The things my kiddos say they are thankful for just floor me.. it really is humbling to hear the prayers of a child!

  • 8 February, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    My whole family does not believe in God and so I have also never prayed and it’s nothing I would encourage in my children. If they choose to do so, they would obviously be allowed to.


    • 9 February, 2017 at 2:18 am

      That is awesome that you are allowing your children the choice!! <3 <3 <3

  • 8 February, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    As a Christian mom to be, I really appreciated this post and will be using the tips you’ve shared here in teaching my little girl how to have her own relationship with God, which is so important! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!



    • 9 February, 2017 at 2:20 am

      OMG, did you confirm that it is a girl?!?!??!?!

  • 8 February, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    My parents introduced me to God, prayer, and church at an early age. I’m so grateful they did, this provides me with a firm understanding and a beautiful relationship with the Lord. It all started with praying before meals and saying my nightly prayers before bed. I know it must be hard trying to teach toddlers the beauty of prayer, but I also know it will stick with them.

    • 9 February, 2017 at 2:21 am

      I am happy to hear all these accounts of Christian women who remember prayer time with their parents!! I hope my girls have similar happy memories! <3

  • 9 February, 2017 at 3:52 am

    I think it’s amazing to raise your children with faith. And homeschooling is quite a challenge. I hope it always goes smoothly for you.

    • 9 February, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Me too!!!! haha! (I am a little scared of how smoothly it will go when we get into real curriculum!)

  • 13 February, 2017 at 3:06 am

    YES! Exactly. The sad thing is that now that I’m sending the boys back to not-home-school, we have dropped the morning prayers for most days. It got lost in the rush. thankfully, I taught them all to pray from babies, just like you, so they know, and I love it when something comes up and my oldest will say, “Let’s stop and pray for Mom right now.” love love love that. But sad that we’ve dropped morning prayers without me even noticing. Maybe tomorrow I can remember to bring it back.

    • 14 February, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Our prayers get lost in the shuffle sometimes too… but isn’t it just like our kiddos to remind us about what is important?! Great comment my friend, so nice to hear from you on this topic!

  • 17 February, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    So important to teach the cuties about prayer and the love of god great post

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