All month we have been talking about the different things we are thankful for: ” I am thankful for my body, I know that it is a temple of God. I am thankful for temporal blessings. I am thankful for spiritual blessings.” Thanksgiving is a special time to review of all of these wonderful blessings we have and a reminder to thank our Creator who gave us all our blessings: “We should thank Heavenly Father for all of our blessings.”
“He commanded them that . . . every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God” (Mosiah 18:23)
At our house throughout the year we pull out our “Blessings Tree” to help us think about and remember all the blessings we have. This activity is perfect for this month’s Sharing Time theme. It is also helpful when discussing prayer and helping children think about what they would like to pray for or about. The month of November is a great time to ponder our blessings but this is one of those lessons that you could (and should!) teach all year round. We love bringing out our “Blessings Tree” for a quick and easy Family Night Lesson (FHE). We use a small flannel board for our visuals, but there are lots of options: you could simply print out the tree and leaves pattern on paper, you could draw a big version on the chalkboard and let kids add paper leaves or even draw their own leaves with chalk. The patterns are very basic so the sky’s the limit! (If you want to make flannel board pieces with these patterns, simply trace the patterns onto some pellon (which can be found at any fabric store), color with crayons and cut out! Voila!)
Share a personal blessing you are thankful for and/or share a scripture about giving thanks. You can have children take turns choosing a leaf from a bag or from the table and have them add it to the tree. When a blank leaf is chosen, a child can think of a blessing they want to add to the tree.
Scriptures About Giving Thanks:
- Be thankful unto him, and bless his name: Psalm 100:1-5
- O how you ought to thank your heavenly King: Mosiah 2:19-21
- Live in thanksgiving daily: Alma 34:38
- When thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God: Alma 37:37
- Receive this blessing from the hand of the Lord, with a thankful heart: D&C 62:7
Primary Songs About Giving Thanks/Blessings:
“Children All Over the World” (Children’s Songbook, 16–17), “For Health and Strength (CS, 21), “I Think the World Is Glorious” (CS,230), “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (CS,228–29), and “Thanks to Our Father” (CS,20).
Enjoy counting your blessings!