10 Practical Ways To Help Your Child Grasp The Meaning Of Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, here are ten practical ways you can help your child grasp the meaning of this warm occasion!

1)  Physical Labor: 

Gather the kids together and go help a neighbor rake leaves.  Leave them a pie and tell them you are thankful for them.  Leave a bible verse on a pretty card attached to the pie.

Here’s a yummy recipe for Apple Crumble Pie!

2) Finances:

Have your children save their change and donate it to a local soup kitchen.  If your children are old enough, allow them to serve a meal alongside you.

3) Gratitude List:

For each evening in the month of November, start a family gratitude journal and add to it each day.  A fun time to do this would be after dinner time at the table.  

4) Sponsor A Child:

Talk about supporting an orphan through World Vision.  Pray about it as a family.  Consider watching this fun Veggie Tales promo video together with your kids.  If nothing else, it will cause your child to pray for these children and realize how much they really do have.

5) Biblical Literature:

Read some relevant books like these with your children.  In Thank You, God, For Loving Me, Hermie, a fun-loving caterpillar, shows toddlers how to be thankful for God’s blessings.  In Thank You, God, For Blessing Me, Hermie spends his day thanking God for all his blessings.

6) Get Crafty:

Make a fun craft like this thankful turkey:

7) Talk History:

Talk about the history of Thanksgiving in America and when it first originated as an official holiday.  For more information, visit this site here.

8 ) A Fun Treat:

Make a yummy treat together like this one. 
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9) Games & Activities

I found this site which has several free computer games and activities, relating to Thanksgiving, that your kids are sure to enjoy!

10) Set The Example:

Make it a practice for you, the parent, to always speak thankful words.  If your children always see you whining and complaining, they are most likely going to follow suit.  Instead, say things like this often, “aren’t you so thankful that God did ________ in your life!  Let’s thank Him for that!”

Traci is a curly-headed dreamer who loves her Savior, adores her best friend called Hubby, and her three children! She never knew how much she would love being at home full time with her kids, but she does (most days)! What a privilege and high calling! She loves to blog, take pictures, cook, decorate cakes, and make her home cozy and inviting! She also enjoys teaching women God’s Word through Bible studies at church and online devotions. It is her desire to glorify God through encouraging and edifying other women. It is her heartโ€™s cry to motivate women to abide in Christ, respect their spouse, and raise their little ones to know the love of Jesus. Godโ€™s grace captivates her in such a way that she wants her life to make a difference for His glory.