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Children’s Message: Thankful

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Use this Children’s Message: Thankful at Thanksgiving — or any time of the year.

Give each child a deflated balloon.

(Children under 8 years of age can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons for children. Discard broken balloons at once. Balloons may contain latex.)

SAY: Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate all the awesome things we’re thankful for. Let’s take turns calling out things we’re thankful for. Each time someone names something, add a puff of air to your balloon. Ready?

Let kids name things and add puffs of air to their balloons. After everyone has had a turn, SAY:Wait, wait, it’s my turn!Call out something unpleasant such as, “Getting sick” or “My car broke down.”

SAY: Hmmm, I’m not sure everyone added air for that one. When good things happen we’re all full of praise-like our balloons are now. But when bad things happen, it’s more like this.

Have kids release their balloons, letting them fly everywhere and land, deflated.

ASK: Why don’t we thank God when bad things happen?

Read aloud Ephesians 5:20.

Then ASK:

• Why would God want us to thank him for everything — meaning the good things and bad things?

• Tell about a time you experienced something good right in the middle of something bad. Begin by sharing your own story to give kids time to think. For example, you might talk about atime you got a flat tire, but were encouraged by the kindness of someone who helped you.

SAY: It’s easy to thank God for good things. But we can remember to thank God for hard things because he often uses those bad things for good. Let’s fill up our balloons so they’re nice and full of our praises-for the good stuff and even the not-so-good stuff.

Let kids inflate and tie off their balloons. Help kids tie their balloons as needed.

Lead kids in prayer, thanking God for his blessings of good times and even thanking him for the hard things we face. Then let kids bat the balloons around as a celebration and praise to God.

Also check out these 22 Thanksgiving ideas for Sunday school!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

6 Comments

  1. Children's Ministry Magazine

    This is such great ideas.it should spice up our thanksgiving lessons and help the kids have fun while developing a thankful heart.

  2. Children's Ministry Magazine

    I have chapel with two groups of 30 preschoolers…they are going to love Rejoice Race. Thanks for sharing such an awesome idea!!!

  3. Children's Ministry Magazine

    I have chapel with two groups of 30 preschoolers…they are going to love Rejoice Race. Thanks for sharing such an awesome idea!!!

  4. Thank you for God using you as one of his vessels creating this free children ministry lesson. I appreciate it an I’m using it. Great work God has your reward

  5. Finding this article was such a blessing! I’m about half way through my first year as a Sunday School teacher (3, 4, & 5 year olds) and it’s hard to keep their attention for more than 5-10 min. I’ve found that incorporating an object lesson into our class time has been very effective. I want to make every Sunday in November all about thankfulness. I will definitely be using this to go along with their Bible story for one of these next few weeks, and I know they will love it! Thanks so much for such a neat idea.

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