Use this Thanksgiving Idea: Food Harvest to show that we can rely on God to provide for all of our needs.
o Theme: God’s provision
o Text: Philippians 4:19
o Preparation: You’ll need one paper bag for each group of four and a watch. Hide treats for half the children where they’ll easily find them. You’ll need a helper to deliver a bowl of “harvest” mixture: raisins, mini-marshmallows, peanuts, and M&M’s candies.
o The Message: (Form groups of four. Have children number off in their groups. Close your classroom door.)
Say: “Pilgrims came on boats to America long ago to start a new life. They struggled to survive, and they had to have food to eat. Sometimes they couldn’t grow enough food, but they relied on God to help during hard times. God provided, and they were able to share their food with the American Indians at Thanksgiving.”
“Let’s play a Thanksgiving game. When I say, “Pilgrim #1, harvest your food,” #1 from each group will look for food to share with others. When I call “time,” put your harvest in your sack. Then we’ll send out pilgrim #2.”
(Time each round for 30 seconds. After the last round, have each group count its harvest.)
“How’d you feel about the food you got? How’d the pilgrims have enough food to share with the American Indians at Thanksgiving?”
(Have your helper knock on the door to deliver a bowl of harvest mixture.)
“God blessed me with plenty, and I want to share his blessing with you. You worked hard to gather the harvest, but there wasn’t enough. Next time you need something, how can you rely on God to provide?”
(Read the Scripture and close in Thanksgiving prayer.)