Family devotions don't have to be formal sit-down events. Use these quick ideas to connect with your kids during meals, in the car, or at bedtime. The more involved "Family Night" ideas will help you create memorable evenings (or afternoons) with the whole crew. We've also added some activities just for toddlers so that even your youngest children will discover that anytime is a great time to learn about God.
A Letter to a Friend
Ages 3 and up
You'll need a pencil or crayons, and a piece of paper. Tell your child that you're going to help him write a letter to God. Ask your child to tell God about his day or about something that's going on in his life. If your child doesn't know how to write, let him dictate the letter to you or draw a picture instead. Put the letter in an envelope and tuck it away someplace safe. In a few weeks, pull the letter out and look at it again. Talk with your child about ways God has helped him since he wrote the letter.
Prayer:Dear God, thank you for caring about our lives and for being with us every day. Amen.
Ages 2 and up
Find a fresh flower and bring it with you when your tuck your child in. Ask your child what he thinks about the flower. Is it pretty? Does it smell good? Tell your child that flowers tell us something about God, too. Read Matthew 6:28-30 and explain to your child that just as God takes care of the flowers, he takes even better care of his children. Remind your child that whenever he gets worried, he can think about the flowers and think about all the ways God takes care of him, too.
Prayer:Dear God, thank you for flowers. Help us remember that you will take care of all our needs. Amen. 1