In our day and age, focusing on thankfulness is not all the rage. In fact, getting kids to stop focusing so much on themselves, while much needed, is incredibly difficult in this device-driven, instant gratification world we live in. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids start getting fussy if Amazon Prime can’t deliver in two days – even if the reason is a hurricane! Instead of being grateful for the incredible blessings of living in the United States, kids take for granted their privilege and struggle to understand why they should be grateful for each breath and meal. We are working on it. That’s why I wanted a thankfulness activity kids will love, and also why I searched for Bible verses about Thanksgiving to share with my family and yours. You can download this free printable checklist of the Bible verses at the end of this post.
I know a large part of this is simply a normal part of being a child, but as parents we still endeavor to always set an example in this area, encouraging our kids to say “thank you” when given the gift of time, attention, or material blessings, whether from humans or from God. Parents living a life of thankfulness will give our own children an example to follow as they grow and mature.
One way we can focus on Thankfulness as a family is to read together verses from the Bible on the topic of thanksgiving. I have created a checklist of verses about thankfulness you can use daily in your home, leading up to Thanksgiving Day. You can hang this list on the fridge with cute magnets or keep it on a clipboard near your dinner table. Read one verse each day, at dinner, before bed, or whenever you are all able to gather for a few minutes. You might even read it aloud together at each meal of the day, or perhaps even work on memorizing it throughout the day.