Below are ideas for ways you can teach gratitude to children and celebrate the Thanksgiving season in a meaningful way. Keep in mind that Fall isn’t the only time of year you can teach gratitude. This is a character quality that should be encouraged year-round. The articles and activities below can help.
As Christian parents and teachers, we want to do more than simply remind our kids that they should say “thank you” and express thankfulness at the beginning of the holiday season. We want to foster a spirit of thanksgiving in them so they reflect this important quality in the way they live now and as they grow older. We have compiled a series of articles that contain suggestions for doing just that, in the holiday season and all year long.
Whatever else you may do to underscore the value of gratitude during the Thanksgiving season, one of best things you can do now or at any time of the year is to take your kids to the Bible and let them hear what God Himself has to say about thanksgiving. Here are some related verses with relevant commentary you will want to introduce your kids to when you think and speak with your kids about Thanksgiving.
We’ve compiled a number of free, printable activities and other helpful resources that can be used to teach gratitude and celebrate Thanksgiving. These gratitude-related activities include crafts, children’s sermons (with professionally-created illustrations), Scripture pages, match games, spot-the-differences puzzles, mazes, jigsaw puzzles, and more! Click here for a listing of Thanksgiving related activities.
During the Thanksgiving season you can purchase two lessons for the price of one! You’ll get “A Special Meal,” dealing with Jesus final meal with the disciples before his crucifixion, and “Jesus is Alive,” covering the resurrection. Together the lessons will help children understand the sacrifice Christ made for us on the cross and the victory God achieved in the resurrection. Taught together (two weeks in a row), children will learn why Jesus is so worthy of our thanksgiving! Read more…