Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I am Glad for Many Things

There are several songs about "Thanks" in the Children's Songbook, so we have been quickly learning a few.

One easy one to do (and one that most probably know already) is
"I am Glad for Many Things" -Children's Songbook pg.151

For this one, I started telling them what I was grateful for: my family.

Then I cued the pianist and sang the song for them.

When we finished, I had my "boing" ball and asked them
"What are you grateful for?"

I then tossed the ball to a child with a raised hand. (When they catch the ball, the ball goes "boing!" least most of the time...sometimes they had to punch the ball again....) They said something they were glad for and tossed it back. I did this for 3 or 4 children, then we sang the song again.

**I got my "boing" ball at Fred Meyer's for about $10.00


  1. Sounds like a fun idea. Thank you! When the children told you what they were thankful for, did you put it in the song and sing it that way?

  2. Apple, I didn't, but that is a fantastic idea! I'll definitely have to do that next time!

  3. We used this same song last week. Only I had four helpers each time we sang the song. Those four helpers told us each one thing that they were thankful for. Every time we sany "many things," we then shouted out one of the things that our helpers were thankful for.

    "Many things" (and "my heart sings") always ends with a half note in this song, which is plenty of time to shout out something to be greatful for.

    For example, if my four helpers chose "Mom," "Temples," "Candy," and "Blankets" for their answers, the song would go like this:

    I am glad for many things--Mom!
    Many things--Temples!
    Many things--Candy!
    I am glad for many things--Blankets!
    That are mine today.

    Even with reviewing a Christmas song for half of the time, we had enough time for at least four different groups to come up. Our primary children didn't know this song previously; but it's so easy to learn, it wasn't a problem.

    You could also make it harder for senior primary by having eight children come up at a time (4 for the first verse and 4 for the second verse). The song becomes more of a memory game at that point.