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Preteen and Elementary Prayer Idea: Sweet and Sour Grab Bags

Use this delicious Bible activity to teach your children’s ministry kids a sweet lesson on prayer that they’ll remember for a while.


Preteen and Elementary Prayer Idea: Sweet and Sour Grab Bags

Prepare one grab bag with several different kinds of candy — sweet, sour, hot, and dark-chocolate — for every four kids. Form groups of four and give each group a grab bag. Have children take turns reaching into the bag for one candy. When each child has a treat, explain that the candies represent different kinds of prayer.

Use the following examples to lead kids in prayer.

  • Sweet candy — thank God for a “sweet time” in your life.
  • Sour candy — ask God to help you add sweetness to someone else’s day.
  • Hot candy — ask God to keep you excited about serving him.
  • Dark-chocolate candy — pray for someone who’s going through a difficult time.

After you’ve prayed, enjoy the treats. Have each child put one of each candy in a sandwich bag to take home. Encourage children to teach their families what they’ve learned about prayer. 

This idea is from Lois Keffer, the author of the best-selling All-in-One Sunday School and All Together Now series (Group Publishing, Inc.) 

Psst…you might like this article: 15 Important Ways to Fill Your Ministry With Prayer


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