Emphasize gratitude in fun ways
In teaching our kids about the Fruits of the Spirit, the need to express thankfulness to God and others ties in with bearing the fruit of “joy”—being happy and content in Him and not our circumstances, and then expressing gratitude for what we do have, rather than what we do not. So what are some fun ways to help children learn to express that gratitude outwardly?
One of our supporters, Louisiana Christian School, shared a recent simple and meaningful project, called Thankful Trees (pictured). With just a few materials, including construction paper, glue, and markers (you and your family could add more to change it up—glitter, pictures of family members, actual pressed leaves you collect and preserve, and more!), their teacher told CSM the art project was “just a time to transition to the Fall season with something to be thankful for. Students took their time during Art class to create their trees and write on each of the leaves what is most important to them.”
By displaying these little masterpieces in your home, and even sharing them with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day, you give your children the opportunity to experience the joy that comes from expressing our love and gratefulness toward the grace and mercy of our Lord, for all He is and does in our lives—even in providing the most basic of needs each day, and also thanking those who take the time, love and resources to bless them in any way—whatever it may be, understanding the giver deserves thanks.
Additional resources for thankfulness projects:
• christianpreschoolprintables.com – click on “Holidays”
• ministry-to-children.com/thanksgiving-ideas/ — Thanksgiving Sunday School lessons and Kids Bible activities