It’s easy to think that prayer involves words. However, in this activity you can encourage children to use non-verbal language to express their thanks to God.
It’s a simple one. Make some salt dough. Put it out, perhaps along with some tools such as cutters or plastic (IKEA) cutlery. Invite the children to create sculptures of thanks to God.
If possible, restrain yourself from asking what they are making or from congratulating them on a ‘good’ model. Instead give them freedom to talk with you about their model if they want to, or to work in silence if they choose.
To make the salt dough mix 1/2 cup of salt to 1 cup of flour then add 1/2 cup of water gradually – you may not need all of it as you don’t want sticky dough. Knead the dough then it’s ready! You could also add food colouring or glitter. You could let them dry and paint them as an extension activity, but for this activity it’s all about the process of the children creating their own thanks sculpture.
To use in a group setting, you could have dough on a table for people to use, give them a small bit in a bag as they arrive, or pass dough along row for people to help themselves. Have an area for people to put their finished models.