Lesson 4: I Can Pray to Heavenly Father


Primary 1 Lesson 4: I Can Pray to Heavenly Father- The purpose of this lesson is to learn how to pray and know that Heavenly Father will listen

Teaching Thoughts

These are a few bonus ideas- keep scrolling for more!

  • This is great file folder game for this lesson from Kimberly Bourne Design
  • Practice how to be reverent during a prayer by doing a silly game.  Have a reverent sign or prayer sign then a crazy sign.  When the reverent sign goes up, everyone has to practice by getting in the prayer position and be as quiet and still as can be.  When it goes down, they can laugh and run and dance all silly. 
  • Discover 6 learning activities including a folder kit in the lesson kit from The Red Headed Hostess. 
  • Take pictures of the children in a prayer position. Make one giant poster board to put everyone pictures on and use it as a reminder before you pray each week or make everyone a little one to put up in their rooms as a reminder.
  • Scripture Scouts Prayer Video- I love the Scriptures Scouts. You would have to get permission first to use this since it's not an official church publication but I think it would be fun to watch! The video is the one on the right with the picture of the girl in the graduation cap. You can also buy Scripture Scouts here and have fun listening to it at home and in class.
  • Get more prayer handouts over at Latter-day Chatter.

The following are links to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer" by Elder Richard G. Scott

"Sweet Power of Prayer" by Elder Russell M. Nelson


"A Child's Prayer"- Children's Songbook pg. 12 or listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

"A Prayer Song"- Children's Songbook pg. 22

"Children All Over the World"- Children's Songbook pg. 16

"Family Prayer"- Children's Songbook pg. 189

"I Love to Pray"- Children's Songbook pg. 25

"I Pray in Faith"- Children's Songbook pg. 14

"Love is Spoken Here"- Children's Songbook pg. 190

"We Bow Our Heads"- Children's Songbook pg. 25

"Tell Me, Dear Lord"- Children's Songbook pg. 176


You're Never Alone (about 3 minutes)- Sister Dalton shares her story of prayer when she was running a marathon (They can act out the running while it's playing)

Including Me (about 2 minutes)- A little girl's prayer is answered when they are sealed together


My Primary 1 Lesson 4 handout packet includes

  • I Can Thank Heavenly Father prayer worksheet- boy and girl version
  • Pictures to glue on to the worksheet

Activity Ideas

I Choose the Right by Living Gospel Principles- Make a prayer rock

Prayer is Reverent Communication- Pictures of prayers to play memory or glue on and make a collage

Prayer Reminders- Put the puzzles together (two pieces each)

Seek Guidance Through Prayer- Color and cut to put together this scene and story

Juan Learns to Pray-Flip book to color and put together with yarn or this one.

How to Pray- A poster with quotes from President Dieter F. Uchtdof 

Heavenly Father, Are You Really There?- A bookmark to make with things to pray thanks for.  You could bring some stickers or cut outs from magazines for them to put on the bookmarks.

Talking to Heavenly Father- These pictures would be great to cut out and use somewhere else or to use with the lesson.

The Scriptures Show the Way- Scriptural figures that you can use to tell stories of people praying. 

Preparing to Pray- A poster on how to get ready to pray- you can use it before prayers as a reminder.

What Should I Know About Prayer?- Good for older kids- coloring and quick things to know about prayer.

When I Begin to Pray- This is something that you would have to make beforehand, however, it is a good visual reminder on what you have to do to pray- close your eyes, fold your arms, kneel, etc. The kids would enjoy moving the puppet and taking turns helping this boy prayer.

Ponder, Pray, and Listen- Slider talking about when we should pray- can color it

Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers- Glue some of the pictures onto the paper instead that can be used for the Thank Thee and Bless Us part of the lesson. You could even make a roller box and do it that way instead

Daniel, Lions, and Me- This lion turns it's head to show the different things we can do to choose the right.

Coloring Pages

Prayer- Color the pictures and say what type of prayer it is

I Can Prayer to Heavenly Father

I Can Pray to Heavenly Father, and He Will Hear and Answer My Prayers

I Should Respect and Worship God

Did you Think to Pray

Daniel in the Lion's Den

Daniel Choose the Right