In this Thanksgiving game, children will have to fill their tree with leaves. The catch is that each leaf has to be an item they are thankful for. It will serve as a brainstorming activity so that children can realize how much they have to be thankful for.


• Sticky Notes
• Pencils


Put the most thankful leaves on your team tree.


Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is the time when we really focus on all that we’re lucky to have and all the good that has happened to us in the past year. It can be hard to remember everything that you are thankful for right in the moment, so it’s good to think ahead of time and be prepared! We’ll do some brainstorming right now in our game.


1. If possible, divide the class into teams of three.

2. Choose one child from each team to be the tree.

3. Give each of the other children a pencil and a pad of sticky notes.

4. When you say “Go!” the tree child will stick his arms straight against their sides while the other students begin to think of things they are thankful for.

5. Once a child writes ONE thing on a note (aka a leaf), they will stick it to their “tree.”

6. Children will keep sticking notes to their trees until 60 seconds is up.

7. The team with the most items wins.

8. To make the game harder, have children only write non-materialistic items.


James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Creating our leaves was easy in the beginning, wasn’t it? We were moving pretty fast but it didn’t take long for our brains to freeze. Eventually it got hard to think of things and we began to move slower. It’s not that we didn’t have things that we were thankful for; it’s just that we take an awfully lot of things for granted.

On Thanksgiving, it’ll do your heart, soul, and mind good to remember a lot more of them!