Make a scarecrow, bake “manna” wafers, and hear how God provided for the Israelites when they were “pilgrims” journeying to a new land. You can use this lesson in connection with Thanksgiving, or at any time of year.

The activities in this lesson on Thanksgiving are designed to help kids:

  • develop a grateful attitude
  • remember to thank God and others
  • trust God to provide everything they need
  • grow in joyfulness and praise.

In addition, this lesson helps address ungratefulness, greed, self-pity and complaining.

Recommended resources

1-Minute Gratitude Journal: A Kid’s Guide to Finding the Good in Every Day
Thomas Nelson, 2021. Ages 6-8.

A Very Thankful Prayer
by Bonnie Rickner Jensen. Thomas Nelson, 2022. Ages 3-5.

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks
by Jan and Michael Berenstain. Zonderkidz, 2009. Ages 4-7.

Buck Denver’s Bad, Bad Day: A Lesson in Thankfulness
by Phil Vischer. JellyTelly, 2019. Ages 4-7.

I Am Rooted! A 12 Week Devotional & Gratitude Journal for Kids
by Amanda Lee. 2020. Ages 9-12.

Otter B Thankful
by Pamela Kennedy and Anne Kennedy Brady. Tyndale, 2022. Ages 4-7.

The Grumble-Free Year
by Tricia Goyer. Thomas Nelson, 2019.

The Imagination Station #6: Problems in Plymouth
by Marianne Hering and Marshal Younger. Focus on the Family, 2011. Ages 7 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey #3: Heroes (CD)
Tyndale, 1988. Ages 8 and up. (Celebrating Thanksgiving)

Adventures in Odyssey #7: On Thin Ice (CD)
Tyndale, 1990. Ages 8 and up. (Celebrating Thanksgiving)

Adventures in Odyssey #12: At Home and Abroad (CD)
Tyndale, 1991. Ages 8 and up. (Celebrating Thanksgiving)

Adventures in Odyssey #31: Days to Remember (CD)
Tyndale, 1997. Ages 8 and up. (Thanksgiving parade)

Adventures in Odyssey #32: Hidden Treasures (CD)
Tyndale, 1998. Ages 8 and up. (A thankful attitude despite suffering)

Adventures in Odyssey #52: Cause and Effect (CD)
Tyndale, 2010. Ages 8 and up. (Celebrating Thanksgiving)

VeggieTales: It’s a Meaningful Life (DVD)
Big Idea, 2010. Ages 4 and up.