Feed a greedy water creature, make prayer journals filled with thanksgiving, eat a meal of manna and learn about a king who saw disaster coming and prepared by praising God!

Choose from these activities and more in this lesson on gratitude to help kids:

  • notice and be grateful for all the ways God cares for them
  • be thankful even when they’re disappointed
  • trust God to provide their needs.

You’ll also find this lesson helpful for kids who complain a lot, who take their blessings for granted, or who have trouble accepting limits on treats or pleasurable pursuits.

Recommended resources

1-Minute Gratitude Journal: A Kid’s Guide to Finding the Good in Every Day
Thomas Nelson, 2021. Ages 6-8.

Buck Denver’s Bad Day: A Lesson in Thankfulness
by Phil Vischer. JellyTelly, 2019. Ages 4-7.

I Am Rooted! A 12 Week Devotional & Gratitude Journal for Kids
by Amanda Lee. 2020. Ages 9-12.

The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Things
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. Zonderkidz, 2013. Ages 4-7.

The Blessing of You
by Mark Batterson and Summer Batterson Dailey. Multnomah, 2021. Ages 3-5.

“In All Things Give Thanks” from Adventures in Odyssey #32: Hidden Treasures (CD)
Tyndale, 1998. Ages 8-12.

VeggieTales: It’s a Meaningful Life (DVD)
Big Idea, 2010. Ages 4-7.