Thanks & Giving Activities for Families

Before I had children, autumn meant sweaters and jeans. Thanksgiving meant turkey, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes. But as soon as my little girl met her first Thanksgiving, I wanted it to be meaningful. I want her and my son to know the One who makes us truly thankful!

I like to break down the word Thanksgiving into THANKS and GIVING. With each activity we do during this season, we try to have them center on these two ideas: giving THANKS to God or GIVING to others. Here are a few ideas we’ve done over the year. Maybe you can do one with your family this year!

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A simple THANKS sign made from freshly fallen leaves and leftover cardboard! I’m a big big fan of banners and signs, so this was a great (and big) reminder to give thanks go God!

This is the time of year when people start collecting cans, clothes and more for people in need. We like to add a little flair to all the canned goods we donate!

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Make a Helping Hands Thankful Tree this year to really challenge your kids AND yourself!

Laminated leaves are beautiful gifts to send to your sponsored children at Thanksgiving!

Holidays and season changes are perfect opportunities for you to show your children new aspects of God. The themes of fall and Thanksgiving are ripe for teaching children (and ourselves) to give thanks to God, being appreciative of what we have and giving to others.

What fun activities do you and your children do in Fall to focus on God?

Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of two who blogs at and Impress Your Kids. In her former life, Amanda was a Children’s Pastor — overseeing, organizing and developing ministry for kids in nursery through middle school, but now that she is a mom, her “skills” are used up on her kids!