Happy Thanksgiving Week
Counting our blessings is so important in this age of entitlement.Here is a gift that I hope will bring your family together for a few minutes to be grateful. Its a simple game can be played by all ages. You adhere leaves to a tree as you list things you are grateful for. The instructions include prompts for children that may have a hard time thinking of things. Download the game at the bottom of this page.
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Give Thanks in all Things
Every day I turn on the coffee and take my dog outside it is so easy to swell up with gratitude in my backyard, overlooking the all the beauty. But there are times that are not beautiful. Times we worry, fret and are far from thankful. But when turn our hearts to Him, in gratitude no matter how things look, His peace displaces all worry and fear. His love cast out fear.
The Bible commands us to give thanks, here is a margin strip I Bible journaled for 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Give thanks ALL Circumstances.
As you play the game remind your children how Daniel was grateful in hard times. Daniel learned that evil men were plotting against him to destroy him, “he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10,).
Paul said, “You will even be able to thank God in the midst of pain and distress because you are privileged to share the lot of those who are living in the light” (Colossians 1:12).
Helping your children become grateful will help them become joyful people in a wold where more people are ungrateful leading to bitterness and disappointment.
About the Blessings Game
The game include three sheets. 1. Tree 2. leaves and 3. Instructions.
You will need:
- One printed tree (sheet 1) for each person (or you can all share one tree)
- Leaves print sheet 2 on copy paper or sticker paper.
- Glue stick (not needed if you use sticker paper)
- Pencils or markers or crayons
Cut out each leaf circle. Use a one inch circle punch to punch out the leaves. Or cut circles with scissors. There are 72 leaves on the sheet. Print more if needed. A circle punch is a great inexpensive tool (Martha Stewart’s punch is under $6 here) to have on-hand for all types of children’s crafts. Alternative: If you use punches you may have one in your craft stash that works better than my leaf circles. Such as a leaf punch, scallop or pinking circles. I think hears would be adorable.
Another great alternative is letting the children cut the circle leaves. Cutting circles is a great practice for younger children developing moter skills. Cutting out lots of circles will help them to get the hang of moving the paper with the assistant hand while cutting.
Pass out an equal number of leaves to each player. If you sharing one tree for all the players each person should put the initials on each of their leaves.
How to Play
Set a timer for 10 minutes (more or less depending on ages )while players write or draw an item they are grateful for on the front side of the leaf. Older children can help younger children write words.
Alternative: Young children may struggle writing on such a small surface. An alternative is to have each person can make a numbered list and write the corresponding number on the leaf.
Begin with the youngest child and go to each player clockwise.
When it is each player’s turn they hold a leaf and explain what they are grateful for then adhere the leaf to the tree. Then it is the next players turn. If younger children have trouble with making a list ask them questions to help them. Such as:
- What is your favorite activity? music? food? friend? toy? pet? store? etc.
- What do you appreciate the most about each member of our family (list by name)?
- What do you appreciate in your room?your house? your kitchen? neiborhood? state? country? etc
- Did you know know some boys and girls don’t even have clean water to drink? They have to walk long distances to drink from rivers. Get them to to appreciate the little things we all take for granted.
Everyone is a winner!
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