At a home school meeting last night, someone suggested a beautiful idea for praying the rosary with little ones that I had never heard before.
She gives her children two baskets, one with one white and 10 red beautifully crocheted flowers.
After the Our Father and each Hail Mary the child transfers a flower to the other basket. It is a simple and quite Montessorian idea. A very tactile way for a young child to participate in the rosary.
And at the end, the child can present the basket to the Blessed Mother. If you cannot crochet, you could use inexpensive silk flowers.
This may be something special to present to your child during the month of May.
We have found it special to occasionally move our family prayer time outside next to our Mary statue this spring, which the boys love!
***UPDATED to add a beautiful link on crocheted roses for little ones supplied by Elizabeth Foss in the comments: http://ponderedinmyheart.typepad.com/pondered_in_my_heart/2009/04/praying-the-rosary-with-little-ones.html#