Kids are just the same.
One way I use to encourage them to speak out their own prayers is to use my prayer bear. First we decide on a particular theme for our prayers, or a starter phrase like “Dear God, thank you for.......” then we pass the prayer bear around the circle. One at a time the person holding the prayer bear takes their turn to pray. Anyone who doesn’t want to speak can pass the bear on to the next person.
I have used this idea with several different groups and everyone will now pray out loud at least some of the time, and if we do prayers a different way they all ask where prayer bear is!
submitted by Hilary Bond