Thanksgiving is a holiday for celebrating the blessings in your life. In the Bible, Jesus teaches people to be grateful to the Lord. There are many Bible verses that can be used in lessons during the Thanksgiving holiday. Teach children what the Bible says about being thankful using Thanksgiving Bible lessons.
The book of Psalms is full of passages that teach people to give thanks to the Lord. Choose verses to read with your children, and talk about what the verses say you should be thankful for. Some verses you could use for this lesson include Psalms 136:1, Psalms 118:21 and Psalms 28:7. Read and discuss these verses, then share things you are thankful for. Play an outdoor game with children to reinforce being thankful. Hide paper cut outs of the letters in the word "thankful." Make enough letters so that each team can find all the letters. Divide children into teams, and have them search as a team for all letters to make the word "thankful." When they find the letters, they should share something they are thankful for, beginning with each letter.
Involve children in making a Thanksgiving snack that looks like a turkey. Give each child a clear plastic glove used for food service, and have them fill the fingers and thumb with 8 to 10 Reese's Pieces. Then have the children stuff the rest of the glove with popcorn. Lead the children in grace before eating the snack. As the children eat, share the story of Jesus curing the ten lepers. Only one of the ten men came back to give thanks. Jesus blesses the man who thanked him. This story can be found in Luke, chapter 17. If there's time, share the history of Thanksgiving with the children and make a list of things they are thankful for.
Using a verse from the Bible, such as Psalms 100:4 or 1 Thessalonians 5:18, share with children God's expectation for them to be thankful to Him. Talk about what it means to be thankful, and for what things you are thankful for. Give each child an 11 by 17 sheet of construction paper and some markers. Have the children write the word "THANKSGIVING" vertically along the left side of the paper. Have them write one thing, beginning with each letter, that they are thankful for on the sheet. This is called an acrostic poem. They can illustrate their poems when they are done.
Meaning of Thanksgiving
Share the Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 with your students. This verse tells us to be thankful no matter the circumstances. Tell the story of the Puritans who came to America for religious freedom, and how the took a special day to thank God for their ability to praise him in their new land. This day is called Thanksgiving, and even today we must praise and thank God for our blessings. Tell children they can praise God by singing and dancing in praise. Lead a praise parade, singing songs and playing maracas and tambourines while singing church hymns.