Year 01/Lesson 44 : Heavenly Father Blesses Us

What You'll Need: scriptures, a small cup, a large spoon, a container of water, and a pan or flat dish big enough to hold the cup and the container of water, GAB 111: Young Boy Praying, cheerios or colored pasta, yarn, scotch tape.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Opening Song: Can a Little Child Like Me  ( PCS #9 )


Heavenly Father sent us to earth.  When He sent us here He promised he would provide many wonderful things for us.  Everything we have comes from Heavenly Father.  Our bodies, our families, our health, even the home where we live and the things we have are blessings from our Heavenly Father.

Activity:  Display the empty cup, the spoon, and the container of water. Ask the children to think of the many blessings Heavenly Father has given them, and explain that each time they name a blessing they may take a spoonful of water from the container and put it into the cup.

Place the cup and the container of water in the pan or dish to catch spills, and place the pan or dish on a flat surface such as the table or floor.

You may want to use the following questions to help the children think of their blessings:
- What are some of the beautiful creations Heavenly Father has given us?
- Who are some special people he has blessed us with?
- What things can our wonderful bodies do?

Have the children take turns naming blessings and putting spoonfuls of water in the cup until the cup is filled to overflowing. Explain that Heavenly Father loves us and has given us many blessings. When we think of these blessings, we are thankful and filled with love for Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father has given us so many blessings that we can overflow with love, just like the cup overflowed with water.

Re-read aloud 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to the children.

- What does this scripture say we should do?

Remind the children that Heavenly Father has given each of us many blessings. He is happy when we thank him for our blessings.

- How can we thank Heavenly Father for the many blessings he gives us? 

(display GAB 111: Young Boy Praying)

PRAYER:  Discuss the various times we offer prayer and the things we can thank Heavenly Father for in each prayer. For example, when we pray before meals, we can thank Heavenly Father for giving us food to eat. Emphasize the importance of remembering to thank Heavenly Father in our prayers.

ACTIONS:  We can also show our gratitude through our actions. When we obey the commandments and do the things Heavenly Father has asked us to do, we show that we love Heavenly Father and appreciate what he has given us.

Describe some situations in which a person could show gratitude by his or her actions. Ask the children to tell how each person could show gratitude by being obedient to Heavenly Father. Use the following situations or create some of your own:

1. Mary is the oldest child in her family. She has two younger brothers and two younger sisters. She is thankful for her family.

- How could Mary show Heavenly Father that she is thankful for her family? (By showing love and kindness to each family member.)

2. John ran errands for his neighbor to earn extra money. He is thankful that Heavenly Father helped him find the job.

- How could John show his gratitude to Heavenly Father? (By paying tithing on the money he earned.)

3. Kim loves to play soccer. She is thankful that Heavenly Father has given her a strong, healthy body.

- What could Kim do to show Heavenly Father her gratitude for her body? (Obey the Word of Wisdom; eat good foods and take care of her body.)

4. Anna looks forward to each Sunday. She loves going to Primary. She is thankful for the Church.

- What could Anna do to show Heavenly Father how thankful she is? (Attend all her meetings; be reverent at church.)

Bear your testimony about how Heavenly Father has given us many blessings and he is happy when we feel gratitude and thank him for our blessings. Encourage the children to remember to thank Heavenly Father for their blessings through their prayers and their actions during the coming week.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)


Count Your Blessings Necklace/Belt

Gather cheerios or colored pasta, yarn, scotch tape.

Knot one end of an 18" piece of yarn.  Wrap a small piece of scotch tape around the other end to form a "needle".

Have the children build a necklace, but they can only put each cheerio on the necklace as they say something Heavenly Father has blessed them with.  Make a game to see who can think of the most blessings and therefore create the longest necklace. 

Share with the children as you create that when they feel sad or that their life is difficult, they can remember this activity and count their blessings.

Note: If little boys are opposed to a necklace, let theirs become a BELT.

Blessings Hidden Picture
From The Friend magazine.

Thankfulness Poster
From The Friend magazine.

A Year of FHE // A free Family Home Evening about the many blessings that Heavenly Father gives us and how to be thankful. #lds #blessings #familyhomeevening

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13 Way Righteous Comments:

Liz B said...

I love the object lesson of how our cups overflow with blessings! I'm excited to see how my three year old reacts to it. (He loves watching things spill, so I'm guessing he will love it!)

Libby said...

Loved how well the object lesson fit in. Our family really enjoyed this lesson.

Cherie said...

My 3 year old loved the cup running over with water (blessings) also! Thanks so much :)

Nurture Mama said...

This will be great for our lesson tomorrow. The overflowing water idea sounds perfect.

Anonymous said...

Worked out great. My boys loved dumping the water into the cup. Thanks!

Michelle said...

a little late on the lesson, but oh well! We are doing this one tonight becuase we missed out on thanksgiving FHE becuase of sickness. Thanks again for a wonderful lesson!

Krystal said...

I just found your site. Wow! You make FHE so easy! Thanks so much for sharing your great lesson plans. I can't wait to try this one out tonight. I know my kids will love it.

Brooke said...

I love the object lesson. I like the actions section too and may have my kids act out the ideas. Thanks so much!

Rebecca & Jeff said...

LOVED this lesson! We have been using this 2010 plan all year and this lesson has been one of the best so far in relation to my kids getting it. They are only 2 & 3 so it was a great opportunity to teach them what exactly a blessing is, they loved dumping the water and LOVED making the fruitloop necklace. Thank you so much!

Raenie said...

Thank you Emilie for all your wonderful lessons! I've used your site many times and have had great success with each of them. My son is teaching this lesson tonight and he's really excited about the object lesson. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I am so grateful for these well prepared lessons that are easy for my children to understand. I too love the blessings that are spilling out of the cup because there are so many. I love to teach thankfulness because I think that it makes us happier people. Thanks!

Jade said...

For a while I had been doing poorly with organizing Family Home Evening for my family, my wife was picking up the slack I was creating in our home. After a long, difficult conversation with my wife I decided I needed to do more, a lot more, for my family. I deleted my Pinterest account and started a new one dedicated to self and family improvement. Your site was one of the first I found. It has been a tremendous blessing to me and my family, it's made it easier for me to provide weekly FHE lessons.
Thank you for your inspired website.

Shayla said...

I know it's many years later since you posted these, but all of your lessons are still blessing people! I have STRUGGLED to find lessons that I could give to a 2 year old without me spending an hour or so each time trying to prepare it. So often they didn't happen. I SO APPRECIATE all of your hard work and such great lessons. From the bottom of my heart :) THANK YOU!

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