This morning my 4-year old asked me: "What is spirit, and what is God?" I was surprised and didn't just want to dump a concept or idea on my child. I told her we would talk about it later. How would you answer?
The proper way to engage a child of this age about questions that are so deep and profound -- is not to answer the question directly but rather bring the child into a meaningful dialogue as best possible so as to help the child extract his or her own understanding of the divine. In this way you can encourage and at the same time help cultivate the mind of the child with whom you are working.