Thankful for our Bodies

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1. Classy Bodies-*Say: Today,
we’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving by celebrating a gift that
God has given us every day-our bodies.

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Have children work together to create a “class body.” Have each
child contribute one part of his or her body by tracing an outline,
then labeling, cutting out, and attaching it to the larger body.
For example, one child traces his trunk and another child traces
her elbow. Connect all the body parts until you’ve created an
entire body.

2. Wonderfully Made-Read aloud Psalm 139:14. Have each child touch his or her
part on the class body and tell at least one good use for this body
part. For example, a child may say, “God has given me my hand to
help others,” or “God gives me my ears to listen to my
parents.”

3. Say It’s So-Place a long strip of
masking tape on the floor. The tape must be long enough so each
child can stand on it with some space for jumping. Stand at one end
of the tape line and have children face you. Establish right side
and left side with the children. Then tell them you’ll read some
statements. If the answer for them is yes, they must jump to the
right of the line. If the answer is no, they must jump to the left
of the line.

Use these statements (add more if you’d like):*
*We show thanks to God for our mouths when we smile.
*We show thanks to God for our bodies when we eat junk food.
*We show thanks to God for our hands when we hit someone.
*We show thanks to God for our feet when we kick someone.
*We show thanks to God for our minds when we read Bible
stories.
*We show thanks to God for our feet when we visit a lonely
friend.
*We show thanks to God for our mouths when we yell.
*We show thanks to God for our bodies when we exercise.
*We show thanks to God for our hands when we make a gift for
someone.
*We show thanks to God for our minds when we watch lots of
television.

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4. Snack-You’ll need: For every four
children, you’ll need a one-quart jar with a tight-fitting lid, 1
3/4 cups milk, and one small package of vanilla instant pudding.
You’ll also need small cups and spoons.

Directions: Put the milk and instant pudding in the jar
and close it tightly. Have children pass the jar around the circle
and shake it until it becomes pudding. This usually takes around
three to five minutes. Encourage students to think about how
they’re using their bodies to help each other. Serve the pudding in
small cups.

5. Body Sculptures-Have children touch
a part of their bodies for which they especially want to give
thanks to God. Have them freeze in that position. Now have each
child name one thing he or she will do for others with that body
part. When finished, stand together, holding hands, and repeat the
first part of Psalm 139:14 together at least four times. End
with a big amen and a group hug.

For PRESCHOOL-KINDERGARTEN AGED KIDS

Bobbie Bower is a children’s ministry consultant in Kansas.

TEACHER TIP
You may have children with physical disabilities in your class. If
you do, be sensitive to their feelings of not having perfect
bodies. Help them focus on all the parts of their bodies-internally
and externally-that work perfectly. Encourage them to thank God for
these parts of their bodies.

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