An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is only weeks away, so now’s the time to demonstrate–and learn–a spirit of thankfulness in your home. Check out this Homeschool Living for Thanksgiving homeschool lesson plans, family games, and activities to help you cultivate a whole season of gratitude.

With this gratitude lesson plan by Kids of Integrity, students can make a scarecrow, bake “manna” wafers, and learn how God provided for the Israelites when they were “pilgrims” journeying to a new land. The goals of the lesson are to help kids develop a grateful attitude, remember to thank God and others, trust God to provide everything they need, and grow in joyfulness and praise.

This “Thankfulness No Matter What” lesson plan from Ministry to Children uses the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 to illustrate the idea of praising God in all situations and trusting Him for provision. The lesson includes a Bible reading, application lesson, and a simple “praise shakers” craft made of paper plates and beans.

This beautiful leaf catcher from Handmade Charlotte is simple to make with items you already have in your home. Use it to encourage a spirit of gratitude and collect all of the moments your family is thankful for. Keep some blank leaf cutouts and pens near your leaf catcher display and encourage family members to document things they are thankful for throughout the next few weeks–don’t forget to participate yourself! Passing the leaf catcher around the table before or after your Thanksgiving meal and reading the leaves aloud is a lovely way to focus on thankfulness.

This gratitude scavenger hunt from Let’s Get Together is a great way to explore and share your unique blessings. Schedule some time for it this month, or use it as a great way to get everyone up after Thanksgiving dinner. This scavenger hunt is especially fun with large groups, so if you have friends or family over for Thanksgiving, take advantage of the opportunity to share blessings with each other.

The Gratitude Game from Teach Beside Me is a sweet, low-key family game to play after dinner. Allow the kids to paint the sticks in various colors for a fun way for them to help prep for Thanksgiving festivities, or purchase multi-colored straws for a ready-to-go version.

Check out this Homeschool Living for more Thanksgiving activity ideas, recipes, and lessons.

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