“Give thanks to God—he is good and his love never quits.”
1 Chronicles 16:34a

Things you’ll need:leaves-clipart

  • Plant or grouping of sticks
  • Pencil, crayons, scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Basket

Faith Talk:
The Thanksgiving season provides an opportunity to celebrate God’s goodness. Gather family and friends together and use this activity to:

Count your many blessings, name them one by one.
Count your many blessings see what God has done.

  1. Use a small plant, arrangement, or group of sticks as a centerpiece for your table.
  2. Cut leaf shapes from construction paper or trace/cut hand shapes to use as leaves.
  3. Punch holes in each leaf and use ribbon to create a loop for a hanger. Collect these in a basket with crayons.
  4. Ask family members and guests to write on a leaf something for which they are thankful. Young children can draw pictures.
  5. As blessings are recorded, hang each leaf on the Thankful Tree.be-thankful
  6. Read 1 Chronicles 29:13, “ …here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you,praising your splendid name.”
  7. Allow people to share what they wrote on their leaves.
  8. Invite someone to close your Thanksgiving celebration by thanking God for His abundance in each life.

Other Options:

  • After the thanksgiving season, collect the leaves and add them to a family scrapbook. Annually, add your blessings and share the book each year. Include pictures if desired.
  • Begin your Thankful Tree on November 1 and encourage family members to record blessings daily. An ongoing activity will help your family focus on thanksgiving throughout the season.
  • Instead of hanging the leaves on a “tree”, leaves can be mounted on a “wreath” (poster, paper plate, or actual wreath). Hang on door to be reminded of God’s goodness throughout Thanksgiving.

Download and print the Thankful Tree Faith Talk here.