Objectives: God gives to us graciously; we need to thank Him for it.
Bible, Books, and DVDs:
Definition: Being grateful and telling someone about it, appreciating
Opposite: Complaining, ungrateful
Big Thoughts for Little People: Letter A
- Psalm 118:1 - Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.
Steve Green - Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 2 - #14
Songs and Poems:
- Thank You, Lord (Traditional)
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free
- 10 Little Lepers
Tune: Five Little Ducks
Ten little lepers got healed that day.
But only one leper came back to say.
"Thank you, Jesus, for making me well
Many people I will tell."
Jesus asked, "Where are the nine?
I healed ten bodies and made them fine."
But only one came back to me
Remember God gives to all graciously.
ABCJLM Activities and Crafts:
- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets: The Thankful Leper
- Have your child send out Thank-you gifts (cards or crafts) to let people know that they are thankful for their friendship. The child can practice writing their first and last name at the closing.
Onto a piece of paper, trace around the child's hand or paint and stamp a handprint. Show all 10 fingers for the first page. On a second piece of paper, trace or stamp with only one finger up.
Add the title "Jesus Healed 10 Men..." to the first page and "...But Only 1 said "Thank You!" to the second page with the scripture reference of Luke 17:11-19.
- Thankful Box
Find a box and fill it full of things that you are thankful for (i.e. plastic food, a shoe, paper money). Add to it as the week goes by. At the end of the week, have a "Thankful" party with a "Thank You" cake to God for all of the blessings in your life.
- Memory Verse Maze (Reprinted with Permission)
Create a maze throughout the house with yarn. Add zigzag and wavy lines. Along the maze at different intervals, tie three bows on the yarn. Have the child walk along the yarn and stop every time he comes to a bow. Have him repeat the memory verse at each bow. Then say one thing which you are thankful.
- Alphabet Thankfulness
With your family or a group, go through the alphabet and create a list of items that you are thankful for. Have the child write the first letter of each word. Try to stick to phonetic beginning sounds.
- "Bee" Attitude Printable:
Print the "Bee" Attitude printable. In the top tier of the bee hive, have the child write the attitude of the week. In the next tier, have the child draw a picture of the Bible story. In the bottom tier, ask the child to draw a picture of himself having this attitude.