Throughout the book of Psalms we are told to give thanks to God. Read the following three Psalms:
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. Psalm 118:21
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7
What are some of the things the writer of these Psalms was thankful for? (God's goodness, enduring love, answered prayers, salvation, protection, help.)
What are some things that you are thankful for? (Allow for discussion)
Today, we will play a game called "THANKFUL." As we play, think of some things you are thankful for by using the word, "THANKFUL" for your inspiration. For example, "Thankful begins with the letter 'T.' "I am thankful for tomorrow, because God is trustworthy."
Indoor Play: Children use the THANKFUL List, below, and fill in the blanks to complete the sentence. They can work separately or in teams.
Outdoor Play Set Up: Establish a large playing area. Scatter dozens of playground cones or bowls in the playing area. Underneath the cones or bowls place one of the letters from the word, THANKFUL. You will need one letter from the word for each team. For example, if you have five teams, you will need five of each letter. Some of the cones do not need a letter underneath. Teams will need paper, pencil, and the T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L list, below.
How To Play: Divide players into teams. Line the teams up at one end of the playing area. At the go the first player from each team runs to find one of the letters from the word, THANKFUL. Players can only look under one cone during their turn. If they find a letter they take it back to their team and tag off to the next player in line. If they don't find a letter, they still return to their team and tag off to the next player. Teams need to pay attention so they don't go back to the same empty cone. Play continues like this until the teams find all the letters in the word, THANKFUL.
Once all the letters are found, teams use the letters to form words to say what they are thankful for and the character of God to whom they are thankful. The first team to find the letters and complete the "Thankful List" wins.
T= I am thankful for t__________________, because God is t__________________.
H= I am thankful for h__________________, because God is h__________________.
A= I am thankful for a__________________, because God is a__________________.
N= I am thankful for n__________________, because God is n__________________.
K= I am thankful for k__________________, because God is k__________________.
F= I am thankful for f___________________, because God is f__________________.
U= I am thankful for u__________________, because God is u__________________.
L= I am thankful for l___________________, because God is l__________________.
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