Grace cube: One of the easiest ways of practicing gratitude is to say grace together at mealtimes. No matter how you say it, grace can transform an ordinary meal into a celebration not only of the food but also of family, love and gratitude.
The Grace Cube can be cut out, folded up and glued into a cube, each side providing you with a different way to say grace at the table. Take it in turns to throw the dice before you eat and say the prayer on the cube. You can also create a blank cube and family members write their favourite prayer on the cube.
Hand prayers Give each member of your group a piece of paper and ask them to draw around and cut out the shape of their own hand. On the four fingers they should write:
something to praise God for something to thank God for something for which they would like to ask God’s help something they would like to say sorry about They then fold down the fingers on their paper hand if they wish to keep their prayers secret. This leaves the hand in the ‘thumbs up’ shape – a reminder that God has heard our prayers. Conclude by praying for the group, leaving pauses for children to bring their own prayers to God silently.