Things you’ll need:
* A glass of water
* Crayons or markers
* Index cards
Fill a glass of water halfway and place it on the table. Give each child an index card with the phrase “The glass is half _______” written on it and ask them to describe the glass by filling in the blank. Once they have done so, determine who wrote the word “full” and who wrote the word “empty.” Discuss.
Give each child a piece of paper and crayons. Ask them to draw a large glass and shade it half full of water. List or draw pictures of good things they own (toys, books, family, food, clothes, etc.) in the lower half of the glass WITH the water.
In the top half WITHOUT water, invite them to list or draw things they would like to have such as more money, a new toy, a vacation to Disneyland, or a special kind of cereal. They can include anything they can imagine.
Read the following verses and discuss why it is important to be content regardless of what we do or do not have.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:6–9
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Read Ephesians 5:20 and explain that the practice of expressing thanks is one way we make our attitude one of “half full” instead of “half empty.” Thankfulness helps us focus on the blessings God has given rather than complain about the things we don’t have.
Wrap up your time by giving the children a stack of index cards and have them go on a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt. Encourage them to identify as many things in the home for which they are thankful. Write a word or draw a picture on each index card to represent each blessing. Set a timer for 10 minutes.
As you close, have the children pray a brief prayer of thanksgiving for each item. Encourage each other regularly to celebrate God’s blessings because an attitude of gratitude reflects a “full” heart.
Memorize this jingle: “I’ll be content with what God sent!”
Print Attitude of Gratitude here.