I Am Thankful for Food and Clothing
To help each child feel and express gratitude for food and clothing.
- A fruit or vegetable with seeds in it.
- A beanbag or other soft object.
- Picture 1-15, Blessing the Food
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Give the following instructions, filling in the blanks with common breakfast foods:
If you like to eat __________ for breakfast, raise one hand.
If you like to eat __________ for breakfast, raise the other hand.
If you like to eat __________ for breakfast, stand up.
Continue with other actions until you have named at least one food each child likes. Then say, “If you are thankful to Heavenly Father for the food you eat, sit down and fold your arms.”
We use plants and animals for food
What other foods do you like to eat?
Where do we get our food?
Who created the plants and animals from which we get food to eat?
Talk about some of the foods you eat and where they come from. Explain that we get many foods from plants.
Break or cut open the fruit or vegetable you brought and point out the seeds.
What are these?
Why do plants have seeds?
Heavenly Father planned for plants to have seeds so the seeds could grow into more plants to provide food for us.
When a plant such as a fruit or vegetable grows, more seeds are formed.
Seeds Are Buried Deep
Seeds are buried deep (bend over and touch floor with hands).
In the soil they sleep (place one hand on top of the other, palms together).
Yellow sun shines bright (put arms overhead to make a circle).
Raindrops fall so light (wiggle fingers as they move down).
Gentle breezes blow (sway arms overhead).
Little seeds begin to grow (wiggle fingers up from floor).
Have you ever helped plant seeds?
What did you plant?
What foods do we get from plants?
Help the children think of several fruits, vegetables, and grains. Put the pictures on the chalkboard as the children name them.Bread and cereal are made with grains.
Tell the children how thankful you are to Heavenly Father for seeds that grow into fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Let the children pretend they are seeds. Have them crouch down as though they were planted in the ground, then rise slowly as the sun shines and the rain gently falls on them. You may want to let the children take turns being the sun and the rain.
Show the seeds again.
What do these seeds need in order to grow?
There was a horrible drought in Israel. Do you know what a drought is? A drought is when there is no rain. Without the rain to bring water, no food would grow.
This drought had been going on for three years.
Elijah was a prophet and he trusted in the Lord and knew that God would help him.
Elijah went to a town of Zarephath, he saw a
woman gathering wood. He asked her if she had a drink of water and something for him to eat. She said that she believed in the Lord, and would give him a drink of water but that she didn’t have any bread. She just had a tiny bit of flour and oil left and that was the only food she had for her and her son. She was on her way home to make bread for herself and her son and that was the last of the food.
Elijah told her that he wanted her to first go and make him a loaf of bread then after that make her and her son a loaf. Elijah told her that if she trusted in the Lord He would provide. That would be hard. You only had enough food to feed you and your son, and now this stranger wants you to feed him first!
What would you do? Elijah told her that if she did this the Lord would never let her
flour jar and
oil go empty. She would always have enough food until the drought was over.
The widow did as Elijah asked and made
bread first for him and then her son. And guess what? The flour and oil jar were never empty. She always had enough food for her and he son. She trusted in the Lord and was blessed.
How would you feel if you didn’t have any food to eat?
How was the widow blessed for sharing what little she had with Elijah?
Not all of our food comes from plants.
Where do we get milk?
Where do we get eggs?
Where do we get meat?
Some food comes from animals.
Put the pictures of the animals on one side of the chalkboard and the pictures of food on the other. Have the children take turns drawing a line from the animal to the food. Erase the lines and start over so all the children get a turn.
We use plants and animals for clothing
Food is not the only thing we get from plants and animals.
Show the children the paperdoll. Have the children take turns getting him dressed.
What do you put on when you get dressed?
Have the children pantomime putting on articles of clothing such as a shirt, a dress, shoes, a coat, and a hat.
Why do we need clothing? (To cover our bodies, to protect our bodies, to keep us warm when it is cold.)
What is clothing made of?
If the children can name some of the materials used to make clothing, ask if they know where those materials come from.
We get materials for making clothing and shoes from plants and animals. Tell the children what plants or animals provide materials commonly used for clothing in your area.
Cotton and linen come from plants
Silk comes from silk worms
Wool comes from sheep
Most leather comes from cows.
We can be thankful for food and clothing
Ask the children to think of foods for which they are thankful. Toss or hand a beanbag or soft object to each child, one at a time. Have each child name food for which he or she is thankful and then toss or hand the beanbag back to you. Discuss where the food named comes from before tossing the beanbag to the next child. Remind the children that each plant or animal was created by Jesus, under Heavenly Father’s direction.
Repeat the activity, asking each child to name an article of clothing instead of a food.
Show picture 1-15, Blessing the Food.
Whom should we thank for our food?
Whom should we thank for our clothing?
How can we thank Heavenly Father for these things? (One way is to mention them in our daily prayers.)
I am Thankful for Clothes
Express your gratitude that Heavenly Father and Jesus have made it possible for us to have clothing to wear and food to eat.
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