Give each child five stickers. Tell children to play Tag by chasing
other children and putting stickers on their clothing. Children
cannot peel off any stickers once they've been stuck. Play for
three to five minutes. Then have children sit in a circle. If you
have any children without stickers, place three stickers on their
clothing. Go around the circle and have children peel off one
sticker and tell one thing that they're thankful for. Continue
around the circle until all the stickers have been removed.
THANKS TO OUR PASTOR
Thanksgiving is a great time to express gratitude for your church
pastor's contributions. Here's one way to do that.
- Ahead of time, have each class make one special gift for the
pastor-anything from a clay pot with carved names on it to a
hand-painted tie. Let children decide what they'd most like to
- Have children in the older classes create a five-minute
dramatic or musical presentation to say thank you to the
- Create a giant card for all the children and teachers to
- Request 15 to 20 minutes of the worship hour on the Sunday
before Thanksgiving. Have children make their Psalm 100
presentation. Give the giant card to your pastor, and have a
representative from each class present their gift.
- Close with a prayer of thanks for your pastor's
You'll need two sheets of poster board. Draw a large circle on one
sheet and cut it into pie sections so each child has a section.
Give each child a pie section and fine-tipped markers or
crayons. Tell children to draw on their pie section things that
they're thankful for about their family. Kids may draw a picture of
their family going to church, playing baseball, or opening a
Once the pictures are completed, have children glue them to the
second sheet of poster board to create a giant wheel. Cut around
the wheel. Use a strong fastener to push through the circle's exact
center and attach it to a bulletin board.
As children turn the wheel slowly to see the colorful family
pictures, have them call out things they see that other children
are thankful for. Then close in prayer, thanking God for the
special family he's given each child.