One of the things I am most passionate about is teaching and showing Nathanael how much God loves him! The most important relationship that Nathanael will ever have is with is heavenly Father and I continually ask God to show me how to do that.
I think this has stemmed from my childhood where although I was taken to church (age 9) a relationship with God was never talked about or demonstrated.
It’s a massive challenge to me as a parent I don’t want to be a Sunday Christian I hope that I teach Nathanael that although I will never have all the answers for him, God does.
You may remember me sharing a haul where I had purchased prayer cards for Nathanael to look at and enjoy.
While having a browse on Pinterest I spotted the idea of a Prayer Tree – now word of warning I am the least artistic/creative person you will meet but I am determined Mummy so I want let my lack of artistic skills get in the way!
I think these trees are popular in Autumn where you take a leave off day by day, pray for the named person and then have a bare tree at the end of it. Nathanael and I have no time for that and we will leave it full of leaves and add to it as we make new friends.
Here is how we made ours;
First decide on an appropriate place for your tree, I had the perfect spot picked out in Nathanael’s playroom where he will notice it daily. You want to cut a good length of craft paper to fit the space – A4 artwork this is not.
Paint yourself a big old tree, your toddler can join in too!
Next cut out some leaves, you can find some great templates online where you can print them off, I got really into the painting so printed mine on white cardstock.
After your leaves have finished drying, think of some special people in your child’s life that you would like them to pray for. I have included Nate’s friends, close family as well as our churches young kid’s team Mini Bounce!
If you have space you could add a picture of the person too, Nathanael is really into looking at photographs at the moment.
Here is the finished result, I must say I am quite impressed with how it turned out, I love that we can add to it and perhaps in autumn we can add some orange leaves and I can teach Nathanael seasons with it too!
Let me know in the comments below some of the creative ways you are teaching your toddlers about God. I am always looking for new ideas