With the many blessings we receive from the Lord, it seems hardly adequate that we have one day in the year to celebrate being thankful for His gifts. Yet with the feasting and gathering we do become more expressive in showing others what we are truly grateful for in our lives. It could be taking part in the outward exchange of “I’m thankful for…” around the table, or the more subdued inclusion of gratitude to the Lord in our prayers.
Children also enjoy being part of such activities. I believe it is important for us adults to show them by example our complete gratitude to our Lord for all His blessings, instead of falling into some sense of entitlement, or the feeling of having the right to what we have. For it is in God that we bear much fruit, and apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).
One way to have children list down the things they are thankful for is through a simple craft like this one, that also makes use of the easily recognizable turkey image.
This easy craft will need the following materials:
– orange pipecleaners (also called furry wire or chenille stems)
– a pair of googly eyes
– a dark marker
– craft glue
– a pair of scissors
Then cut five equal-sized ovals about 3 inches long from the orange and yellow papers. These will be the tail feathers. You should have three orange and two yellow ovals.
For the turkey’s beak, cut a small triangle, about 1/2 inch long. The legs will simply be two 1-inch pieces of the orange pipecleaners.
Using a marker, have your child write the words “I am thankful for…” in the middle of the big brown circle. Then for each of the five tail feathers, he could write something he is thankful for. Let him come up with his own words, and if he gets stuck then encourage him with some ideas that you think might be applicable for his age group.
To put the turkey together, first glue the head just above the words on the body. Then in a fan position, the five tail feathers should be attached to the upper back part in alternating colours beginning and ending with orange. To finish, glue the eyes, beak, and the pipecleaners in place.
This simple craft is a great exercise for your child in thinking of the many things he is grateful for. Make it a family activity and have everyone put together their own Thanksgiving turkey!
Come before Him with thankful hearts. Let us sing Him psalms of praise. (Psalms 95:2)
Go through his open gates with thanksgiving; enter is courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name. (Psalms 100:4)
Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all He has done. (Colossians 2:7)
Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20)
This Thanksgiving Day, what are YOU thankful for?