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Thanksgiving Zone

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18

Gobble up these Thanksgiving Ideas for home and classroom! Families, don't miss 22 Great Family Thanksgiving Ideas... and if you are having a special event, you have got to play the Thanksgiving PIT Game! Want to remind kids of the origin of this American holiday? Don't expect them to hear George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation at school!

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Premium Thanksgiving Lesson

This is the Thanksgiving lesson we will be doing in Children's Church this year. Feel free to use whatever pieces would be helpful to you :)

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The story of Luke 17:11-19 being acted out

Thanksgiving, thankfulness
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A humorous story of a reformed parrot.

Change in Attitude
Basic Thanksgiving Jokes

Some Thanksgiving themed jokes to help with your teaching, skits or puppet routines.

Thanksgiving Jokes
Premium Operation: Thanks Thanksgiving Single Lesson

A Thanksgiving lesson by Karl Bastian & Tom Bump that challenges kids to show thanks in creative ways. 

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A complete summary of Karl's lastest Thanksgiving lesson with a bonus PowerPoint game.  

Thanksgiving - Gratitude
Premium 22 Great Family Thanksgiving Ideas

A mom and dad share 22 of their favorite Thanksgiving family traditions.

Premium A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Movie Devotional

Thanksgiving Sunday PJ Day. Using A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie, explain that God keeps His P-romises and remind them that no matter what life throws our way, He brings J-oy to our life!

Thanksgiving Lesson Idea
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Are you prepared for special needs kids in your ministry? Here are 10 tips to help you!

Special Needs
Premium Proverbs Bible Lesson: God Gives Us Everything

The following lesson is taken from a Proverbs series.  The children discover that we can have an attitude of generous giving when we remember that God has given us everything.

Generous Giving
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It's never too late to say thanks. "It's time to dig out those thank you cards," writes Pastor Karl Bastian, the Kidologist. "You better 'make your list, and check it twice' - because if you forget someone, it won't be nice!"

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A fun object lesson using "thankful" scriptures to stuff a turkey.

A Thankful Turkey
Premium Thankfulness No Matter What: A Bible Lesson about Jehoshaphat

Want to teach the children in your ministry about thankfulness? This lesson on Jehoshaphat from 2 Chronicles 20 will help them learn the importance of being thankful, no matter what!

Thankfulness, Children's Ministry
Premium Thanksgiving Lesson for Children's Church

This Bible lesson from Psalm 100:4-5 about Thanksgiving was first used in our Sunday morning children’s church with Kindergarten – 6th grade students. It could also work as a Thanksgiving Sunday School lesson or any other children’s ministry teaching time.

Thankfulness, Children's Ministry
Premium Thanksgiving Puppet Script

Check out this awesome Thanksgiving Puppet Script, which is designed to teach children a lesson on thankfulness!

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Here is an object lesson for Thanksgiving to remind us how much we have to be thankful for!

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Here is a fall-themed midweek outreach lesson plan that includes a 19-page Word doc with activities that can be used at any time during the year.

Fall-Themed Outreach Lesson Plan
Premium A Kernel of Thanks

Meal or class idea using a kernel of corn as a reminder to be thankful for what we have.

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This is a complete Thanksgiving lesson including an Ice Breaker, a skit, and a puppet script.

Basic Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Not many people realize that Abraham Lincoln created Thanksgiving and made it an official holiday. Here is the speech from when he did it.

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Children submit recipes explaining how their mothers cooked Thanksgiving dishes. Comical.

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Make a turkey craft using a rubber glove.

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Poem about being thankful for every situation you're facing.

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Umbongo is an African word which means a present which we give to another person to express our thanks to them. Why not bring an Umbongo this Sunday as you come to Sunday School?

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An idea for an early Thanksgiving service at church.

Giving Thanks
Premium Cornucopia of Thanks

A cornucopia made out of paper plates which has a pocket full of thanks.

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Raising money to feed the homeless

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Every Thanksgiving, our third graders make a Cornucopia basket and fruit from construction paper. This can be done for the whole month, even as a side project from the regular lesson, or it can be the lesson itself.

Galatians 5:22
Basic George Washington 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor...


Throughout our nation’s history there have been champions of freedom who bore a dramatic influence in the rise of freedom in America.

Premium Holiday Poem Contest

Several older Kids create a poem using pre-selected words and read it to the class. The class votes for a winner. (Attached via PowerPoint)

Holidays / Fun
Premium PJ Bash

Everyone comes dressed in their PJ's for a fun night of games & devotion.

Fun alternate Thanksgiving activity
Premium PreSchool Craft/Turkey Thanks

Kids trace their hand and write things for which they are thankful.

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Place stickers on each other and tell why you are thankful.

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Good review lesson. Children stuff sweatshirt with balloons if they answer correctly.

Premium Thank God for the Big and Small

The Bible say's in Ephesians 5:20 "Always give thanks to God for everything. This lesson reminds us how blessed we truly are and that we must give thanks to God for all things both big and small.

Thanksgiving Object Lesson
Premium Thanks Mural

After a year of prayer, we gave thanks for God's goodness to us.

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Relecting on all the things we have to be thankful for. Allow time to let the children interact. A thankful heart makes Jesus very happy.

Premium Thanksgiving Food Scavenger Hunt

The Food Pantry Coordinator of our church wanted to assist needy families with Thanksgiving food baskets of love. To help collect items for this event, the teenagers went on a scavenger hunt to collect non-perishable food items and/or money donations.

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Things you may not know about the history of Thanksgiving that you can use to teach.

Premium Thanksgiving Name Acronym of Thanks

Use letters in your name to begin things for which you are thankful.

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This is a Thanksgiving version of the popular PIT game by Parker Brothers... and the kids will gobble it up!

Thanksgiving Game
Premium Thanksgiving Praise Service

A Thanksgiving Praise Service can serve as a time of praise and worship for your congregation, as well as a meaningful outreach.

Premium Thanksgiving Puzzle Powerpoint

Use this word search to teach children a verse about giving thanks.

Premium Thanksgiving Trivia Game

A fun trivia game that can be used around Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Trivia
Premium Thanksgiving Word Search

Have fun finding children's names from your ministry while teaching Bible verses.

Premium Thanksgiving Word Search

Thanksgiving word search idea that will work for both young and old.

Basic Thanksgiving: It's An Ugly Day for Many Kids

Recognizing and discussing the general needs of children who suffer during Thanksgiving and other holidays due to family problems.

Ministering to Children Who Suffer
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Historical Records of the First Thanksgiving

Premium The Gratitude Tree

Kids add leaves with things they are grateful for daily at home or weekly at church to a tree on the wall. By Thanksgiving, they have a visual of how many things they have to be thankful for.



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