Printable Catholic Prayers for Kids: Posters and Copywork

As I mentioned before, when teaching Catholic kids the basic prayers, it is very important that kids are learning the correct words. We decided to include copy work of all the most common Catholic prayers in Lydia’s First Communion Journal this year, so I made printable pages that are easy for kids to use. It’s a great activity for teaching Catholic kids their prayers!

I have all of them available in a downloadable ebooklet titled Learning Our Prayers the Write Way.

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(You like that? The “Write” way, because you’re writing them out? I will totally admit to this being a title knock off of the Draw Write Now books. Couldn’t resist myself.) ;-)

These are also great handwriting practice for Catholic kids.

The prayers included in this copywork download are:

  • The Glory Be
  • The Hail Mary
  • The Our Father
  • The Fatima Prayer
  • The Guardian Angel Prayer
  • The Before Dinner Prayer
  • The Apostles’ Creed

For each of the prayers above (except for the Apostles’ Creed) the prayers come in 4 versions.

1. Complete and in color. You can use these to hang up as mini posters for children to read at home or in the classroom, and for them to look at while they do copy work.

2. Trace the word. Each prayer is written out in dashed letters for younger children to trace.

3. Handwriting Paper. Primary paper is provided for early elementary children to copy their own prayer as they look at the complete version in color.

4. Lined Paper. This is for older children to write out the prayers, also using the complete, in color version as a guide.

 

Examples of the 4 printable versions of each prayer.

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This way, children of all ages and abilities should find a good fit for copying their Catholic prayers! :-)

The Apostles’ Creed is very long, and I couldn’t see children really having to write out the whole thing, so instead it comes in completed (poster) form and a fill-in-the-blank form, so they just write in the missing words. Here’s Lydia’s version of the Apostles’ Creed that’s in her First Communion Journal.

apostles creed printable for kids

We are still working on getting these all written out. Lydia (my 7 year old) is using the handwriting paper, and Julian (my 5 year old) is doing the ones you can just trace.

This downloadable pack of Catholic children’s prayers also includes a cover. This way, when they finish writing out all of their prayers, you can bind them together into their own little prayer book.

printable prayer book for catholic kids

Also included is this silly version of the Hail Mary with common children’s mistakes. It serves as a visual to children how silly it is to prayer the prayers when we don’t understand the real words.

For just $2, you can download Learning Our Prayers the Write Way, a 30 page ebooklet for helping kids learn their prayers. When you purchase it, you can use it with your own kids, or a class of kids at Religious Education class. You may not share it with all of your friends or re-publish it anywhere. Downloads like these help support the cost of running this resource site, so thanks so much for understanding this.

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Encouraging Kids to Kneel- How to Make an Easy Kneeler

Kneeling is an important part of our faith, and is referenced in scripture many times.

1 Ephesians 3:14 “For this reason I kneel before the Father”

Acts 9:40 “Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed.”

Kneeling is a sign of humbleness before God, and this is definitely something we want to teach to our kids! :-)

encouraging kids to kneel

We kneel in Mass, and that’s easy because (generally), kneelers are provided for us, and everyone kneels in unison. But it is important to teach our kids how to kneel on their own, and also to kneel in Mass even when the rest of the congregation chooses not to.

kneeling angel symbol

The above “Kneel” symbol is from my book, A Picture Book of the Mass. The symbols appear throughout the book indicating when to sit, stand, or kneel. Having a book like this can really encourage kneeling, because especially in a Mass where the congregation may not kneel, or in a small Mass (such as daily Mass), having the confidence to absolutely know when to kneel and get up can make the difference between kneeling, and not.

Now, do you need a kneeler to kneel? Absolutely not. I attended Mass at World Youth day in the middle of a rat infested field, and you can bet that we all got right down and knelt directly in the mud. However, having a kneeler is a great way to encourage others to kneel. There’s no surer way to get someone to kneel than to simply provide a kneeler.

In an attempt to encourage kneeling at bed time, and during family rosary, we decorated our very own kneelers using garden foam kneeling pads. I got ours at the Dollar Tree for $1 each, and I grabbed the yellow ones because they were the lightest in color, so I thought they would decorate the easiest.

garden kneeling pad

Supplies Needed to Craft a Kneeler With Kids:

On my kneeler, I wanted to decorate around the edge with a rosary design. *Hint* You want to leave the large areas in the middle open without decoration because it won’t be comfortable to kneel on fabric paint bumps!

To make a rosary design around your kneeler, start by drawing the string with a black sharpie marker.

making a kneeler

Then, add the Our Father beads with large dots of fabric paint. There are 5 decades, so you can evenly spread out the Our Father’s in a square shape on your string.

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Fill in between the Our Fathers with 10 small Hail Mary dots in each decade. Add a cross as well.

rosary decorated kneeler craft

Again, notice that in the big open area where my knees will actually be while kneeling, I left open spaces without decoration.

On the back of mine, I wanted to write a quote about kneeling. I’ve seen this quote a lot on Pinterest: “When life gets too hard to stand, kneel”, so I went with that one.

decorate a kneeler for kids

When drawing on these with sharpie markers, just use a good amount of pressure so it fills in the texture dents. Let your kids decorate their own. Seriously. Don’t be a perfectionist… just let them do it themselves. They will like it better this way, and it’s good for them. Different age groups will have different abilities- that’s ok. Your 3 year old may just scribble on theirs. That’s what my 3 year old did.

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My 5 year old tried to copy mine.

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My 7 year old did her own thing.

kid decorated kneeler

Then my 1 year old took a bite out of my kneeler. Seriously. I should have taken a picture of it. But for those of you who always want to know how I craft with so many kids, that’s how we roll around here. ;-)

That’s it. This is a simple one. Your children may want to store these under the edge of their bed to use for night time prayers.

Possible Uses for Portable Kneelers:

  • Bedtime Prayers
  • Familiy Rosary
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Outside Mass
  • Adoration
  • Bring to Churches that don’t Provide Kneelers
  • Outside Prayer of Any Kind
  • Inside Prayer of Any Kind

Yep, that pretty much covers it. :-)

decorate a portable kneeler

As long as you’re on the topic of kneeling, go over with kids proper kneeling etiquette, and the reasons why we kneel. Teach them especially about keeping their bottoms off the pew (or the back of their feet) while kneeling. Kneeling is different than sitting on our knees.

Although these are fun, and they only cost a dollar, and the work great, I still have my eye on these beautiful kid’s kneelers from Catholic to the Max. The box lid even opens to store holy cards or rosaries. So beautiful! Perhaps for Lydia’s First Communion next year….

Hail Mary Kid's Kneeler

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Living Rosary at Night with Glow Sticks for Kids

My little brother just got back from the South Carolina Catholic camporee, which includes boyscouts, girlscouts, and a few other similar organizations. This year, they earned a Rosary patch by all doing a living rosary together at night, and with glow sticks so it lit up! Isn’t that so cool?! My mom was awesome enough to take pictures for us. ;-)

The Religion Teacher has great directions on how to pray a Living Rosary with kids! You will need a bunch of glow light ground stakes (you can find cheaper glow sticks, in fact, I routinely find them at the Dollar Tree and the Dollar spot at Target). You will want to get 2 different colors to distinguish between the Hail Marys and the Our Fathers.

They put the stakes in the ground before beginning, and went around with a microphone. Each person had a chance to say a prayer of the Rosary, crack a glow stick, and put it in the ground. The place is lit up as the Rosary is prayed.

I’m going to suggest praying the Luminous mysteries for this one. I think the reason is pretty obvious. ;-)

This is such a great way to make a meaningful impact with praying the Rosary with kids at night! Everything is more awesome when you add glow sticks… cotton candy, bath time, drinks, etc, so I don’t see why Rosaries would be any different. ;-)

I went looking online and I also found a Rosary made from candles, and another from lit-up paper bags. This would be a fun outside-at-night activity for an All Saints’ Day party, or anytime!

My dad had a great idea- this could be used as a fundraiser for a Catholic church or school! You could take donations for people to sponsor each glow stick ahead of time, or actually sell the glow sticks at the event where you do this.

Do you have any ideas about doing a living Rosary with kids? Tell us in the comments! :-)

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Catholic Craft- Make a Rosary Hanger

I wanted to do a Rosary craft with my preschool co-op class, and my brain instantly thought of the pipe cleaner Rosary craft. While that craft is awesome for preschoolers, I was in the mood for something more special. I thought about making Rosary boxes for the kids to keep their Rosaries in, but I’ve been learning how to declutter from my favorite cleaning blog, and I thought it would be better if we didn’t have another “thing” sitting around. Inspired by Melissa’s Rosary holders, we crafted these.

Although these were made by children, they came together into quite a beautiful Rosary display! It so great to be able to hang the Rosaries on the wall- you can always find them, they don’t get tangled, and they’re cute. I’m very happy with the turnout of this Rosary hanger craft!

 

Supplies Needed for this Catholic Craft:

  • Wooden Plaque (Find at any arts and crafts store. We got ours at Hobby Lobby. They were anywhere from .50 – $1 each. We used several different shapes.)
  • Screw Hooks (I got them in the same wooden aisle at the craft store, but they are also available in the hardware sections of stores. $2 for 8 of them.)
  • Pictures of Mary (Any printed religious picture can do- print them, use non-laminated prayer cards, Catholic junk mail, stickers, coloring pages, draw them yourself, etc.)
  • Mod Podge (You can make you own from glue and water)
  • Paint Brushes (I like to use foam brushes with little kids)
  • Tissue Paper (a little bit goes a really long way, so get something pretty) :-)
  • Drill OR string and glue. (To make it hang on the wall)

Now, at most craft stores you can buy ready-to-go single peg hanger thingies for about $2/each in different shapes. Since I was doing these with a whole class, I was looking for a cheaper solution, plus, they didn’t have enough for a whole class available in store. Also, I liked being able to add the hook at the end of the craft so the kids didn’t have to work around it.

Step by Step Catholic Craft Tutorial:

Before beginning: Drill a hole in the back of the plaque, halfway through the wood. (This is so it can hang on the wall when you’re done. If you’re not a power-tools kind of girl, you can hot glue on a piece of string for it to hang from instead.) Write children’s names on back.

  1. Cut tissue paper into small squares.
  2. Paint the plaque with Mod Podge.
  3. Stick tissue paper squares on the plaque until wood is covered. Use Mod Podge as needed. Paint more Mod Podge over the top of the tissue paper.
  4. When plaque is totally covered, put more Mod Podge on, place a picture of Mary on, and Mod Podge over the top some more. (Make sure you put Mary right-side-up for how your plaque will hang on the wall) By the way, this is called decoupaging. ;-)
  5. Allow to dry (It will be dry to the touch in 1-2 hours, but will dry hard overnight)
  6. Screw in hook. (Just push and twist. You can screw them right in- no worries)

That’s it! Hang it on your wall and place your Rosary on the hook. My kids are so proud of these!

The great thing about crafts like this is that they are do-able and fun for every age, and the older you are the more detailed you can get with it. Also, these cost less than $1 each to make, and they’re something kids can keep forever. I did this with my Catholic ABC’s class at preschool co-op this week, and they loved it!

Unfortunately, I forgot my Mary stickers for them! *Gasp!* So I had to improvise. Luckily, I had brought this Rosary coloring book with me that I picked up from the Seton table at the IHM conference last year. The kids had colored pictures before class started, so I cut out Mary from each of their pictures and we decoupaged them on.

The ones made from coloring book pages turned out to be cute in a kid-crafted way, and less fancy than the others.

Lydia made the Rosary above in co-op this week. Her teacher used my post on how to make a Rosary with kids. The 2 Rosary crafts together make for an adorable Rosary wall display in a child’s room!

 

If you would rather just order a craft kit to make a Rosary holder, check out this craft kit. It’s all inclusive and adorable! These kits would make a great gift for any Catholic kid!

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Also, check out my Rosary ideas for kids pinboard on Pinterest! How do you get your kids excited about the Rosary? Let us know in the comments!

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