A PLACE FOR THANKS
Children of all ages can make Thanksgiving place mats for their
families and others in your church to enjoy and cherish. Notify
your Sunday school teachers to allow about 10 to 15 minutes during
each class for several weeks before Thanksgiving for this
Have your older elementary children research "Thanksgiving" Bible
verses a few weeks before Thanksgiving. The kids can pick their
favorites and print them out on a home computer, using different
color inks and fonts.
Give the children large sheets of construction paper to make
several place mats each-and let them use their imaginations! Have
lots of Thanksgiving clip art and rubber stamps for kids to use.
Use glue sticks to attach beautiful fall leaves, and of course, let
kids make "turkey hands" to personalize their place mats. They can
also use the Bible verses the older children researched. Have each
child write his or her name, age, and date of Thanksgiving on each
of his or her place mats.
This is a great time for kids to discuss God's many gifts. Even 2-
and 3-year-olds can express their thanks for food to eat, their
parents, or a new puppy.
When the place mats are completed, laminate or cover them with
clear Con-Tact paper. Take the children to visit adult Sunday
school classes to deliver extra place mats for adults to enjoy on
and love with a church Christmas program for families that keeps
Jesus as the focus of the season with these two great
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