Sunday, November 1, 2015

Christian Thanksgiving Ideas & Activities

Need an activity for Thanksgiving? Here are a few of my favorite that might come in handy for you:

Lessons & Activities It Is Right and Just: A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan A Lesson Of Thanksgiving Catholic Thanksgiving Day Lesson Plans on the Eucharist as Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Story Thanksgiving Crafts & Bible Activities for Kids Thanksgiving resources and activities Thanksgiving Bible Printables & Crafts T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L lesson and game Thanksgiving Ideas for Children’s Ministry (links to those materials so you can put together a special Bible lesson, craft, or activity for you children’s ministry) Preschool Christian Thanksgiving Bible lesson Thanksgiving object lesson that uses candy corn to teach how the Pilgrim's began placing 5 kernels of corn on their plates each Thanksgiving to remind them of God's provision. The story of the ten lepers from Luke 17 is often used to teach Bible study lessons on being thankful. Ken Sapp from Creative Youth Ideas offers a fun Thanksgiving Bible object lesson for teens! Lots of Thanksgiving ministry resources. Just click on the various tabs. Activities, coloring, lessons, plays, etc. Thanksgiving Day Devotional & Quirky Turkey Treat 10 Creative Ways to Give Thanks on Thanksgiving Day I Thank You God for Everything Book (book you make with your child) Thank you for the World so Sweet (song/poster coloring page) Gratitude Rolls
If your kids love fortune cookies, they will love this idea that bakes the thankfulness right in. These make for a yummy treat on the dinner table and an excellent conversation starter, all rolled into one.

The Catholic Toolbox- Pre K - K lesson plan Thank you God: The Ten Lepers (lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.)

Crafts Thanksgiving Crafts & Activities for Kids 5 Thanksgiving Bible Craft Ideas Thanksgiving Luminary Vase Give Thanks Banner- A DIY Bunting for Thanksgiving
The basic idea is that you spell out “Give Thanks” using things found in nature. Thanksgiving Prayer Mini Book (scroll down to this)
This is a printable minibook called "Thank You God" and each page has something to remember to thank the Lord for. There are prewritten versions for children to read or Blank versions are available so that you can write in your own things to be thankful for, or in your own language.

Pumpkin Pie Spinner- This pumpkin pie may look good enough to eat, but it's actually an interactive spinner that reveals things your child is thankful for.

Games Thanksgiving Christian Games Thanksgiving Games Thanksgiving Games & Activities

Thank you God Game

This is a memory game. Have the players seated in a circle. The first player begins by saying, "Thank you God for . . ." He can say anything he likes, for example an orange, a pair of shoes, a camel, or a pet dog. The next player in line begins the same way but adds a second object after repeating the first. The third player also begins, "Thank you God for . . ." He must repeat the first two objects and then add a third. So it goes on, but if a player can’t repeat or mixes up the order of the objects then he is out. If you haven't got many players, the same children can keep adding more items. The game continues until one player remains or until time is up. Some lists get very long and are remembered for years by the players. A variation is to decide that the objects chosen must start with the letters of the alphabet in order, for example "apple, bat, cake...zebra." This makes it a little easier to remember. (You could also help the player if necessary so everyone can play).


Rebecca said...

This is a great resource! Thanks!
I was looking for a Thanksgiving lesson that I did about 15 years ago with my class at a small Catholic school. I did not take the lesson with me when I changed jobs and have not been able to find it in searches now. It was a few weeks of build up, having youth give up certain things at home gradually, until, by the end of the project--they were sleeping on the floor of their room (with blankets) and had given up TV, electronics and other conveniences. The students who did it were touched and very thankful for what they each had (as I was). They had to journal about it, and each day and week had certain assignments. I would LOVE to find this again, as I homeschool my own kids now and thought it would be a great family project. Have you ever seen anything along these lines?? --Rebecca

Amazing_Grace said...

Rebecca- I haven't seen a lesson like that, but I will try to find it and let ya know. :)