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0-5 Lesson Plan: Everyday Gifts

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute 0–5 lesson plan on everyday blessings (e.g., God’s love, friendship, family) that fill up one’s day, and how to appreciate and be grateful for those gifts.

Read Everyday Gifts.”

Write a list of some of the everyday gifts, like those listed in the article, which you might experience. Discuss how even though those gifts might seem ordinary, they can bring joy to your day. Put this list up somewhere you can see it to remind you of some of the gifts that you are blessed with.

ReadThe Blessing of Family and Friends.”

Ask each child to name something special about a person in their family, and how that special something makes you or others happy. For example, “My sister Alice is fun to play with. She makes our games exciting,” or “Grandma is caring and thoughtful. She makes me feel loved.”

Read Building Friendships” and “One Kind Deed at a Time: Build a Better Friendship.”

Discuss how friendship is another everyday gift that can be given and received. Talk about some of the things that make a friendship special, and how to give the gift of friendship to someone.

ReadJesus Is with You!” and “Jesus, Friend of Little Children.”

Talk about how the best gift you can have is Jesus. Jesus will always be there to guide, love, help, and be your friend, no matter what.

Color one or more of the following coloring pages, and listen to the audio “Me and You.”

Additional material:

If you have suggestions of supplemental material or additional activities for teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by MWS staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International


Level 1 Lesson Plan: Appreciation for Parents

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objective: “Learn of the Scriptural injunction to honor one’s parents; in essence, to show respect and deference to one’s parents as they raise and train their children.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Respect-1d)


Read the verse, “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12 ESV; see also Ephesians 6:2).

ReadHonor Your Parents,” and do the activity found on page 5.

For a reminder of “Great Things Fathers Do,” read parts 1 and 2. Encourage the children to discuss which of these apply to their fathers. Many will apply to their mothers as well; ask them which ones. Next the children can do the activity on page 13 of part 2.

Match these sons in the Bible with their fathers in “Faithful Fathers of the Bible.”

ReadGod’s Splendid Mothers.”

Appreciate your mother with this activity. You could possibly do something with this activity every day of the week before Mother’s Day. (Note: This activity can be done for fathers too.) 

You can also send an e-card to your mother (or grandmother too) for Mother’s Day! And you can send an e-card to your father for Father’s Day! (Here’s an e-card for your grandfather.)


Additional activities:

Ÿ   Mother’s Day Crafts, Cards, Activities, and Worksheets

Ÿ   Father’s Day Crafts and Activities

Ÿ   More active appreciation ideas that could be adapted to appreciating your father and mother.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Respect-1d

Compiled by My Wonder Studio Staff
Copyright 2013 by The Family International


DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Appreciation for Parents (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Appreciation for Parents (Portuguese)