Children’s Prayers for the World

 I love this project that Bar­bara Mendence, a 2nd grade teacher at our school, does with her stu­dents each year!  Not only is this a fun art les­son, but it makes for a great geog­ra­phy les­son and cul­ture study as well.  Armed with a list that includes all the coun­tries of the world, her class com­mits to pray­ing for every coun­try over the course of the year.  As they work through their list each day, they also find the coun­tries on their map and learn some inter­est­ing facts about them.  At the end of the school year, each stu­dent paints the earth and writes their own “Prayer for the World”.…. a pre­cious keepsake!!!

  • 9x12 black con­struc­tion paper
  • 9x12 white con­struc­tion paper (heavy-weight), or water­color paper
  • White tem­pera paint
  • Paint brush or old toothbrush
  • Water­col­ors and brush
  • scis­sors
  • glue stick
  • Pen­cil and black “F” Sharpie


1. Cover your work area with news­pa­per, then splat­ter some white tem­pera paint onto your black paper using either a paint­brush or an old tooth­brush.  Set aside to dry.
2. Trace a large cir­cle onto your white paper (a mix­ing bowl works great).
3. Look at a map or globe for ref­er­ence, then lightly sketch some con­ti­nents inside your circle.
4. Use blues and greens to paint your cir­cle to look like the earth from space.
5. When dry, cut out your earth and glue it onto your black paper.  Lightly pen­cil in a few hor­i­zon­tal guide­lines across it, if you want.
6. Write your prayer for the world on a sep­a­rate paper, then copy it care­fully onto your painted earth and trace your fin­ished prayer with a black “F” Sharpie.
The Kinder­art site also offers a sim­i­lar project, using cof­fee fil­ters, wash­able mark­ers and spray bot­tles with water… I haven’t tried this method, but it looks like it might be a good option for younger kids!

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3 Responses to Children’s Prayers for the World

  1. Kathy June 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    What a beau­ti­ful image with the prayer super­im­posed over the earth. I want to do this next school year with some of my stu­dents. I will file away these great exam­ples. Thank you so much for telling about this idea.

  2. Karen Bosch July 1, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Lovely project. Been look­ing for a way to add spir­i­tual con­cepts to art project — this is a great idea!

  3. alanay July 2, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    güzel proje…

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