Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Teaching Little Ones to Pray

An adorable process for teaching little ones to pray for things beyond family and toys using the popular son, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.From the time my kids are toddlers I taught them how to pray. I remember laying in bed with my oldest and listening to him as he thanked God for everything he could think of especially his Duplo blocks and his cars. Sometimes my little kids get in a rut and pray for all their family and friends, name by name … and we have a big family! It’s easy to teach kids how to pray. Much harder is teaching the types of things to pray for. Things beyond toys, friends, and family.

One prayer you can teach (and that kids will love) is taught by using the familiar song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. For each of these areas I’ve included ideas of things kids can pray for, but feel free to encourage kids to come up with their own prayers. If they are older, you can even work with your kids to memorize the Scripture verse to go with it.

Song:

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes.
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Teaching Little Ones to Pray with Song and Scriptures

Head

God, help me to think of you.

Help me to think of being kind.

Help me to think of doing nice things for others.

But you, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high. Psalm 3:3*

Shoulders

God, help me the worries I carry (shoulder) to you, knowing you place them on your shoulders.

Help me to give my anger to you.

Help me to tell others you can help them.

Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. Psalm 55:33

Knees

God, help me to remember to kneel and pray.

Help me to remember you will help me when I kneel before you.

Help me to pray for others.

Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. James 4:7

Toes

God, help me to walk in your ways.

Help me to step out to do the right things with the help of my parents.

Help me to walk toward what is good and run from what is bad.

Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. Hebrews 3:12

Eyes

God, help me to look at good things and not bad things.

Help me to see the good things you have given us.

Help me to see the good in others.

Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. Matthew 6:22

Ears

God, help me not to listen to bad talk coming from others.

Help me to listen and obey my parents.

Help me to hear and pay attention to all that you’ve done for me.

Listen carefully to my wisdom; take to heart what I can teach you. Proverbs 22:17

Mouth

God, help me to speak what is good and truthful.

Help me to sing your praises.

Help me to use my words to encourage others.

For as long as God breathes life into me, I refuse to say one word that isn’t true. Job 27:3-4

Nose

God, thank you for making me and breathing life into me.

Thank you for all your creation.

Help me to love you with all my life and soul.

God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul! Genesis 2:7

I hope these prayers and Scriptures will be an inspiration for you and your kids … and that your children will grow to be men and women of prayer.

*All Scripture is taken from The Message

YOUR TURN!

What are some ways you’ve taught your little one to pray?

An adorable process for teaching little ones to pray for things beyond family and toys using the popular son, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published more than fifty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

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About Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published more than fifty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.