Thanksgiving is fast approaching. This time of year is special because it bring a spirit of gratitude. We hope that the lesson bundle for this week will invite that grateful spirit into your homes!
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➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.
🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "My Heavenly Father Loves Me"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
You will need a large bowl, 5-10 small rocks, a paper boat (or toy boat) and a way to add water to the bowl in small increments (something like a small cup or a measuring cup).
Place the rocks in the bottom of the bowl, and then place the boat on the rocks. Invite the children to think of things that they are thankful for and let them add a scoop of water to the bowl each time they recognize something they are thankful for.
Explain that life can get “rocky” sometimes. When we learn to be truly thankful for what we have, it can fill our hearts with love and lift us up above the “rocky” things.
You could also talk about some of the opposites of gratitude (things like complaining, blaming others, whining, jealousy, etc.) and then scoop the water out of the bowl incrementally to make the boat sink back down to the rocks.
After you complete the activity, discuss the following questions:
1) Why do you think our hearts “rise up above the rocks” when we are thankful? (Discuss.)
2) Does Heavenly Father want us to be happy? Or does He want us to be stuck on the rocks? (He wants us to be happy.)