2 pieces of bread
Typical sandwich ingredients such as peanut butter, jelly, lunch meat, cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, etc.
Plastic knives or spoons
Explain to the children that you are going to make a sandwich. You start by putting a piece of bread on the plate. Then you add ingredients. The crazier you can make the sandwich, the better. For example, add peanut butter, ham, and mustard. Most of the children will express dislike for your combination. Finally, add the top piece of bread. If you are brave, take a bite of your sandwich!
Tell the children that if they were to each make a sandwich, they would all start and end with a piece of bread, but the stuff in the middle would be different. Praying is just like a sandwich. We all start prayer in similar ways, “Dear God,” and end prayer the same same way, “In Jesus Name, Amen.” However, we can put anything in the middle because we can talk to God about anything!
Allow children to practice praying using the sandwich model. I love to watch children realize that they can pray simply by saying Dear God, (something in the middle) and In Jesus name, Amen!
*Object lesson from Spiritual Formation Prayer Curriculum by Daryl Dale.