Gratitude Sharing Time Ideas

Here are some simple Gratitude Sharing Time Ideas and Activities that would be great for your Sharing Time Lesson this week. These would also make great Primary lessons or Family Home Evening Lesson. Originally posted in 2014.


Identify the doctrine: Write on the board, “I am thankful for temporal blessings.” Ask the children to repeat the sentence. Explain that temporal blessings are blessings that we can see, touch, hear, taste, or smell.

Encourage understanding (playing a guessing game): Display objects or pictures that represent some of our temporal blessings (for example, bodies, homes, food, water, clothing, health, the sun, the moon, stars, the earth, animals, plants, family, friends, toys, books, and school). Give clues describing one of the blessings, and ask the children to guess which blessing you are describing. For older children, write each of the blessings on a separate piece of paper and put the papers in a container. Invite a child to choose one and give clues about it to the other children. When the children guess a blessing, write it on the board, and ask a child to share why he or she is grateful for it.

Encourage application (sharing ideas): Ask the children to think about what they can do to show gratitude for one of the blessings you discussed. Ask a few children to share their ideas.


Gratitude Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I think it is important to change things up during a lesson, to help the children stay interested and focused. After you have explained what “temporal blessings” are you could use one of these ideas to help them understand just a little bit more. Here are some simple Gratitude Sharing Time Ideas / Activities that you could use for this week’s Sharing Time that I have shared in the past.

Gratitude HOT Potato or Grab Bag

Gratitude Grab Bag. Gratitude Sharing Time Ideas

In several brown paper sacks, place pictures or items that represent blessings such as family, friends, food, home, the earth, animals, and temples. As you sing “Thanks to Our Father” (CS, 20), pass one of the bags around. Have the pianist play and then stop randomly.

Have the child holding the bag, when the song stops, open the bag and reveal what’s inside. Have the child say one way they can show gratitude for that particular blessing. Discuss the blessing and invite a few other children to share how they can show gratitude for that blessing.

You could write down the answers, that are shared, on a chalkboard if you’d like. Do the same with the next bag until all blessings have been revealed or until time runs out.  

Another Way to Play:

This idea came from a previous outlineIn five separate sacks, place a piece of paper, a pen, and one of the following items: a picture of a Church meetinghouse, an article of clothing, scriptures, a picture of a family, and a picture of the Savior. Divide the children into groups, and give each group one of the sacks. Have each group look at the item in their sack and write on the paper one way they can show gratitude for it. Then ask them to put the item, paper, and pen back in the sack and pass it to another group. Let each group have a turn with each sack, and then invite each group to share what is written on the list in their sack.

If you have a small Primary, you could also have the bags up at the front and invite a child up one at a time to come up to the front and choose a bag. Have the child look inside and give clues what it is and see if the other Primary children can guess. You could also just have them reveal the item, for an even simpler idea.

Once the item is guessed, have the child share why they are thankful for that item, and what they can do to express their gratitude.


Blessings Tree

Since it’s fall, I thought this activity would be perfect! This idea originally came from The Friend’ {Nov. 2004}. For Sharing Time you and the children will be creating your very own Blessings Tree! And since you are talking about blessings all month, how cute would it be to leave the tree up all month, and add to it each week!

Blessings Tree Gratitude Sharing Time Idea

On a large poster-board draw or print out a large tree with no or few leaves. Here’s one from The FriendNext, cut out some leaves. Cut out as many as you would like.

On each leaf have a word (blessing), a picture of a blessing, a scripture, or a question {use the words from the outline for some of your leaves}. Place all of your leaves into a bucket or sack or scatter them on the floor.

For Sharing Time: Have your bare tree up at the front of the room. Tell the children that today they are going to help you make a ‘blessings tree’. Show them your bucket of leaves and explain that inside the bucket are a bunch of leaves. On each of the leaves is a blessing (word or picture) or a question.

Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them pick a leaf. If they pick a word or picture have them look at the item on the leaf and share what it is and then share one way they can show gratitude for it. Once they have shared, have them attach the leaf to the tree.

If they pick a question or scripture, have them read it and answer the question. Then have them attach the leaf to the tree. You could also have a few blank leaves. When a blank leaf is chosen have the child share a blessing that they are grateful for.

At the end of your lesson you will have a beautiful ‘Blessings Tree’. Discuss the many blessings that we should be thankful for. Encourage the children to remember each of their blessings and to let Heavenly Father know how thankful we are for each of them.


I hope you enjoy my Gratitude Sharing Time Ideas for this week and are able to use them for your lesson. If you do, I’d love to hear how it went or what you did to make it work for your ward. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥
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  1. Anonymous

    Thank you! Your ideas are fun and creative. Thanks for the time you put into posting your ideas. They are much appreciated.

  2. Anonymous

    Thank you!

  3. rodilia

    thank you so much for sharing your little ideas…

    1. You are so very welcome! 😘