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Thanksgiving Game

  1. Rejoice Race

Beforehand, form a circle of chairs, with one less chair than the number of kids, and mark 1 Thessalonians
5:16-18 in a Bible.


Have all kids except one sit in the chairs. The standing child is “It” and It will remain standing.

SAY: It may point to any seated child, and say “Rejoice in the Lord,” then quickly count to 10. That
person must name one thing he or she is thankful for before It reaches 10. If the child cannot think of anything that quickly, he or she becomes the new It. If It says, “Everyone rejoice in the Lord!” then everyone must quickly stand up and find a new seat while It tries to find a seat as well. The player who doesn’t find a seat will become the new It.

Play several rounds. Afterward, read aloud 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

At the end of the game, ASK:

  • What was easy or hard about thinking of things to rejoice in God about?
  • Why do we sometimes forget to thank God for all he does for us?
  • What’s one way you can show God you’re joyful about what he’s done for you?
  • Why is it important to show thanks to God?

SAY: We have so many reasons to thank God and express our joy. This week, take time each day to rejoice in God.


If you want to continue the discussion on a thankful heart, you have to check out VeggieTales: Thankfulness Sunday School Lessons! In this 4-week Sunday school (great for 3- to 8-year-olds), your kids will enjoy 4 Sunday school lessons with Madame Blueberry, the very blue berry who wants more stuff! They’ll learn alongside Madame Blueberry that “being greedy makes you grumpy-but a thankful heart is a happy heart!” I’ve got a lot to be thankful for, including all of you, my friends in ministry! Thank you for what you do to make Jesus irresistible to kids. What are you thankful for this year? Let us know using the comment section below.

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