One of the best ways to encourage children to get into Salah routine is to have a weekly chart for them. This is exactly what I have for you 🙂 Free Printable Weekly Salah Chart! You can put a star sticker (or any other cute fancy sticker) when they pray a particular prayer. Or just simply mark with a pen. Stick this chart on the wall where your child can see it easily throughout the day. This chart will insha’Allah encourage even the most mulish child to pray (like mine!).
Make sure that you reward your child with a little treat towards the end of the week for doing good. All you need is to “gently” remind your child when it’s time to pray, praise them when they have prayed, make marking the chart a big deal and reward them regularly. Be consistent with this approach alongside making du’aa* and insha’Allah Salah time will become the most pleasant time of the day and a routine very soon for your children.
Whenever we are doing any charts I like to remind my girl that her focus should be on a greater chart/ record that is being written by the angels which Allah would present to her on the Day of Judgement and reward her far much better than I ever can. This helps her to become more aware and responsible. But most importantly, it teaches her to do good deeds to please Allah and put all her hopes in Allah.
There are four charts in this PDF (with a slight variation in design for kids) so that you have a stock for one month!
Du’aa that we should be making for our children/ offsprings so that they become of those who ESTABLISH the prayer:
رَبِّ ٱجعَلنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّل دُعَآءِ
O my Lord! make me one who establishes regular Prayer, and also (raise such) among my offspring O our Lord! and accept Thou my Prayer. (Surah Ibrahim, 14:40)