7 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 4
It’s been so wonderful, as we’ve been participating in this week of Thanksgiving, to see how more aware my family is of our blessings. Even when life has become stressful (see The Nutty Robots), they were more positive and willing to look at how things were still good. Being mindful of our blessings has brought a spirit of gratitude and contentment to our family this week. For today’s activity, we worked on a Chain of Blessings.
Chain of Blessings
Fall colored construction paper , cut into 3” x 11” strips
Explain that this activity is a game.
Group the younger children (who have difficulties writing), with older children (with better writing skills). We placed two children in each group. Group the adults as well. Give every group a large stack of the paper strips. We used 15 pieces of construction paper, cut into the strips, to build our chain.
Goal of Game
The goal of the game is to write down a different blessing on each of the strips of paper, without repeating any. After the blessing has been written down glue the papers into a chain with the blessing showing on the outside.
Have each team say what blessing they are writing down. The trick of the game is to not repeat any of the blessings previously named. This is a fun activity, and can get a little silly if everyone isn’t listening to the blessings being named. We had to remind each other often that “family”, “food” and “home” had been named previously. Ask your children to think during this time of what they think their greatest blessing might be. They will use this later.
After the Game
After all the individual team chains have been created, have every team write one more blessing down. As the final step, have the children write down what they consider to be their greatest blessing (this is one that can be repeated by multiple children), then use those blessings to join all the chains together. My children took some time to decide what their most important blessing was. Hang the chain up around the house as a physical reminder of how many blessings the family has.
This is an easy activity to set up, and is very fun to do. The game makes counting the blessings a little different.
My children were amazed at the length of chain our blessings created. We ended up with a chain that went all around our dinning room. My children enjoyed this activity to much, they wanted to do it again the next night, and the next. And, being able to physically see our family’s daily blessings creates a greater understanding of how blessed we truly are.