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Hands-on options

Hands-on options

These ideas make it easy for you to build thankfulness into your day-to-day activities. Read over the options at the beginning of your week and choose a few that will suit your family.

Day-starter praise

Any time

Wake kids up by singing the song This is the Day That the Lord Has Made or another song of praise. Modify the words to list things you are thankful for. View option

Fun ways to say thank you

Any time

Encourage kids to show gratitude by teaching them how to say thank you in a different language. View option

God feeds you, me and the bumble bee

Getting into nature

Take a walk together and talk about how God cares for various animals. You can also use the information provided on several animals mentioned in the Bible. View option

High-five prayer

Any time

Praise God with this simple prayer that celebrates the joy of having our five senses. View option

Homemade cards

Creative crafts

Help your children make a supply of handcrafted thank-you cards. Give them to your child’s sport coach, music teacher or school teacher. View option

Names of God prayers

Any time, Drive time

Keep an envelope handy that’s full of paper slips listing various names for God. Pray simple prayers of praise based on these names. View option

Praise brigade

Any time, Drive time

Mom or Dad, choose a day to thank God, out loud, for everything you can, and see if your children notice. Discussion point: God never tires of hearing our praise. View option

Praise necklace

Creative crafts

Read Psalm 148, then make a necklace using coloured beads. Let each bead represent something from nature mentioned in Psalm 148 that you can praise God for. View option

Praise placemats

Creative crafts

Make praise placemats for your dinner table that are decorated with the words Thank You Jesus!, plus pictures of things to thank God for. View option

Seeing the bright side

Any time, Drive time

To play this simple game, list chores or other things that you dislike. Challenge other players to think of the positive aspects of the thing you mentioned. View option

Shining like stars

Getting into nature

Watch the stars together one night and talk about Philippians 2:14-16a. Discussion point: The best way to stop complaining and adopt a positive attitude is to praise God. View option

Thankfulness jam

Any time, Drive time

Make up a short rhyme of praise to God for as many things as you can think of. Discussion point: We have much to thank God for. View option