WHAT YOU NEED:
No supplies needed
What You Do
Tell your child that you’re going to play a game. You’ll both search throughout your home to find things that you’re thankful for. Grab one item for each letter of the word “THANKS.” (In other words, items that start with the letters T, H, A, N, K, and S.)
For example, you can find a tea bag because you’re thankful for tea. Or a picture of Grandma Hazel because you’re thankful for her.
You may want to write down the word “THANKS” so your child can remember the letters. You may also want to set a time limit—10 minutes or so—to find your items.
Once you’ve gathered your items of THANKS, share them with each other, explaining why you’re thankful for each one.
Talk about the Bible Story
Describe a grateful person. Now describe an ungrateful person.
Do you think we can be grateful even when we don’t FEEL grateful? Why or why not? (We can be grateful all the time because God loves us and takes care of us.)
What’s the best way to change an ungrateful attitude to a grateful one? (Remember all that you have—family, home, food, etc.)
Is there a time that you can remember feeling really grateful?
Parent: Share a story about a time when you were grateful or ungrateful.
Use this prayer as a guide, either after your discussion or right before bed tonight:
“Dear God, gratitude doesn’t come easy to us, especially when we’re having a bad day. We need Your help to remember that Your plans are always good. Instead of complaining about what’s bad, help us choose to be grateful for all that is good. In Jesus’ name, amen.”