Small, colorful prayer cards can aid in concentration and memorization, and are not as word-based or fiddly for toddlers as prayer books. These can be kept in a Prayer Box. By creating a Prayer Box, you will have a place to keep the words to the prayers and quotations you are memorizing and also have a hands-on, visual reminder of some of the words in these Writings. Want to know how to make one?
A Prayer Box can be made by decorating a shoe box or purchasing a gift box. You can use stickers, glitter glue, quotations, or whatever you like.
If you are looking for ideas of things to put in the box, take a look at our Radiant Hearts lessons (where we call the box a “Spiritual Treasure Box”), where there are two activities you can print out each month (one for a short quotation revealed by Baha’u’llah and one for a Baha’i prayer). Here are some examples of the 40 activities available in the lessons, which are always on page 1 of the Printables file.
Furthermore, we have created a Word document with some pictures you may like to use to decorate your box. The pictures are based around the Sun since this is often used as a metaphor to describe God’s love for us, and they often include images that often appear in prayers and Writings (trees, flowers, clouds, etc).
[box type=”download”]Click here to download the prayer box decorations. Or to download the images along with the name “Spiritual Treasure Box” (plus the 19 virtues in the Radiant Hearts program which you can paste onto your box) click here. [/box]
This idea was inspired by Annie’s post over at Motherhood and More.
To find more ideas about praying with children, click here.