GAMES! * CRAFTS! * BIBLE POINTS!
God provided for us and we should be thankful in ALL
BIBLE FOCUS: Suggested text: 1 Chronicles 16:34, 1 Thessalonians 5:18,
1 Chronicles 16: 34,
Luke 7:11-19, Genesis 1:29.
Encourage the children to consider why we should give
thanks to God, not just because we receive from him, but because of who he
is. Reflect on 1 Chronicles 16:34.
HARVEST PARTY IDEAS FOR 5-7 AGE RANGE:
Make a chart of the songs you wish to include in this
session. Decorate it with apple pictures. Ask one of the Leaders to move the pointer slowly down the list of songs. Explain to the children that they choose the song to be sung by clapping the loudest when the pointer is opposite their
PLAY ORCHARD RELAYS:
Before class, draw a large picture of an empty apple
tree for each team. When the kids arrive, have them make a cardboard
apple about 15cm in diameter. Have them write their names and
something they are thankful for onto their apples. Divide class into
teams. The teams line up in single file, opposite their tree. Between the
teams and their trees is a simple obstacle course with four or five obstacles. There could be a table
to go under; chairs to weave in and out of; an old blanket to wriggle under or a skipping rope to jump over - the
choice is yours! At the GO, teams run the obstacle course to their
tree, tape the apples on, then race back to tag off to the next player
on their team. First team to place all their apples onto their apple
tree is the winning team!
FEED THE MONSTER GAME:
Tell the children about the apple monster who lives in a far away orchard and has to be fed with apples. Give each group a large
cardboard cut out of a monster’s head. Each group lines up opposite their monster and each member in turn throws an
“apple” (ball of crumpled newspaper) into the monster’s mouth. The group
with the most apples through the mouth, in a given space of time, wins.
Begin with an apple tasting session. Offer the children a variety of apple
slices to try. Point out the different skin color, texture, taste and use
of each apple. Split an apple open and encourage the group to look at it in
detail before thanking God for the wonder of creation.
“The 10 Lepers” - Luke 17:v11-19 - focus on the fact that although all ten
men were healed, only one gave thanks to God.
CHOMPY CATERPILLAR CRAFT:
Give each child a plain white paper plate, ask them to decorate it to represent an apple. Next cut a hole in the
center of the plate while the children make a caterpillar from cardboard. Attach one end of a length of thin elastic/thread firmly to the
caterpillar, attach the other end to the underside of the plate. Allow
enough thread to enable the caterpillar to be flipped from under the plate,
over the edge and down the hole. Object point: While you play
with your Chompy Caterpillar, remember this, "When life gnaws
at you, remember to turn to God and ask him to help you. God loves you
and is always willing to listen and help you!"
We are sorry Lord Jesus that only one of the ten lepers remembered to say
thank you. You gave them such a wonderful gift when you healed them and you
didn’t take it back when they forgot about you. Thank you for your love.
Please help us not to treat you like that. You give us many good things to
enjoy. May we remember that all good things come from you. Help us to say thank you.