When you’re scrambling around the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day and the children are underfoot, sit them down at the kitchen table with this activity.
Write the words I AM THANKFUL vertically on a sheet of lined paper. Using each of the letters, make an acrostic
- Each line can be one word, a phrase, or a sentence. There’s no right or wrong, as you can see from the examples below.
- If children are having trouble thinking of words, use tools like magazines, catalogs, a thesaurus, or word lists to prompt ideas.
- Poems can be left-aligned or centered.
- Afterwards, illustrate your acrostics or decorate the page with photos cut from a magazine.
Example: A Thankful Heart
I am thankful for . . .
A ll my clothes and toys . . .
M y mom, dad, and brothers . . .
T rue friends . . .
H ome and health . . .
A back yard to run and play . . .
N ana and Papa . . .
K nowing God loves me . . .
F ood on our table . . .
U ncles, aunts, and cousins . . .
L iving in a free country.
Example: I Am Thankful
I am thankful for
A pples and pears
M y red hair
H ot dogs
A irplanes and cars
N ew crayons
K ittens and puppies
F lowers and stars
U nited States of America
I want to thank God for
A ll His wonderful blessings, like His
M ercy and grace and compassion. For simple things like…
T oast and cocoa. For big things like…
H ope in a dark world. For blessings like…
A warm, cozy home filled with love.
N ine fun cousins!
K eeping me safe.
F riends that are closer than brothers. I want to always lift
U p praise to Him with a thankful heart, knowing how much He
L oves me.