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- 2 bags of candy corn
- 6 straws
- 2 cups
- 3 boys and 3 girls
How To Play
Make two teams of 3 boys and three girls. Give each child 1 straw and each team a pile of candy corn and a cup. Teams have one minute to pick up as much candy corn as they can by sucking through the straw and placing the candy into a cup. Kids may not touch the candy corn with their hands. The team with the most candy corn in the cup at the end of the game, wins.
Joshua 6:16; Psalm 150:1-6; Hebrews 13:15
- Trumpet or Ram’s horn
I brought a trumpet with me today. Would you like to hear me play it? (Try to play it.) It didn’t sound that good did it? Well did you know that in the Bible wars were won by using trumpets? I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true!
Several times God send the Israelites into battle and guess what He said to do? He said to put the praisers on the front line! If you were going into battle who would you want to put on the front line? (Wait for responses.) Probably your strongest and most skilled warriors. But God told Joshua to march around the walls of Jericho and put the trumpet players on the front line! God also told Jehoshaphat to send the praisers out in front. Would you want to be on the front lines of a battle singing and playing music? Probably not!
Do you know what praising is? In Psalm 100:1-5 it says that praise is giving thanks to God. We often will do this by singing and playing instruments. Basically it is thanking God for the Good things He has done.
Wouldn’t that be wild going into battle and the very first thing you do if sing and give thanks to God? I think I would be pretty nervous!
Do you know what happened next??
When the trumpets blew and the people started to sing and shout giving praise to God and thanking Him for the things that He has done, God fought the battle for them! God tore the walls of Jericho down! God defeated the enemy!
Sometimes it isn’t easy to give thanks to God in the middle of a battle. In Hebrews 13:15 it says that we bring a “sacrifice of praise.” Why is it a sacrifice? Because it isn’t easy! It is hard to do! But when we begin to give thanks to God and praise Him then amazing things begin to happen. When we give thanks to God then He will fight out battles for us!
You may be facing a difficult situation in your life, but don’t be sad and discouraged! Start to sing! Start to praise God. Give thanks to our Lord! And let Him fight and win the battle for you!
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- 2 large bowls of mashed potatoes
- 2 clear Tupperware containers
- 10 Plastic spoons
Fill two bowls with mashed potatoes and place them on a table. At the other end of the room place the empty storage containers.
How To Play
Here is a fun Thanksgiving-themed relay race where kids will try to fill their leftovers containers up. You will have two teams of five and give each person with a plastic spoon.
When you say “go” the first person in line will use their spoon to take a scoop of mashed potato and run to the container on the other side of the room. There they will deposit their scoop of potato into the container and run back and tag their teammate and then go tot he end of the line. The teammate will then scoop up come mashed potato and do the same thing.
You can give the players 60 – 90 seconds to run this relay.
Once the game is over measure to see who has the most mashed potato in their storage container.
1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 107:1; Philippians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Psalm 103:2
- Several pieces of metal. Nails, screws, paperclips, etc.
Have you ever given someone a gift before? How would it make you feel if they took your gift and didn’t thank you for it? Or if they just took it and threw it in the garbage? That wouldn’t make you feel very good would it? Would you ever want to get them a gift again? Probably not!
If that person was very thankful to you how would that make you feel? Probably a lot better. In fact, you would probably want to bless them even more because they were so thankful to you.
God blesses us in so many ways, but so often we just ignore his blessings. We don’t say “thank you.” We don’t express gratitude. We just go on and totally take it for granted.
Do you think that attracts God’s blessings? No!
(Show the magnet and spread out the objects.)
When we are grateful to God for the great things He has done for us it is like being a magnet for God’s blessing. (Wave the magnet over the objects and let the magnet pick the things up.)
When we tell God how thankful we are He will continue to bless us even more. W should have a heart of thankfulness like it says in Ephesians 5:20 and we show thanks to God continually. When we have this magnetic thankfulness God will pour His blessings on us even more because He loves it when we are grateful for the things He has done.
Psalm 107:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Philippians 4:16; Psalm 107:1; Psalm 100:1-5
- Candy Corn (or real corn if you prefer)
- Small plastic bags (optional)
Fill bags with 5 pieces of candy corn so you can pass them out to everyone.
(Show everyone the 5 kernels of corn.)
In the winter of the 1620s the Pilgrims came to New England on the Mayflower. They did not have very much food at all that winter and many days they were only allowed to eat 5 kernels of corn. Do you think that is enough food? No! But they were still thankful to God for allowing them to be in a new country. They continued to trust in God no one of them died that winter!
The following year they raised crops and livestock and when harvest time came they had more than enough food. God had truly blessed them. To show how thankful they were they had a celebration. At the beginning of the meal they all had five kernels of corn on their plate to remind them of when that was all that they had to eat.
Each person would give 5 things that they were thankful for, one for each kernel of corn.
What are you thankful for? (Give opportunity for people to respond with some of the things that they are thankful for.) Are you thankful for your home? Maybe you are grateful for the food and drink that you have to eat and drink? We can be thankful for our friends and family. How about being thankful for your church? Most importantly we should be thankful for Jesus and the sacrifice that He made for us!
This Thanksgiving maybe you could do that also? You can put 5 pieces of corn on each plate and have each person in your family list 5 things that they are thankful for. God has been so good to us and have blessed us in so many ways. We should give thanks to him for the great things He has done!
- Several small pumpkins
- 10 one or two liter soda bottles filled with water
How To Play
This is as simple game that is great for a classroom or for a Fall festival.
Set up the ten soda bottles in a bowling pattern and then mark a line ten feet away. Give each player three pumpkins and they have to roll them and try to knock down all the bottles.
In a class you can play several rounds to decide who has the highest score. Or you can simply give a prize to anyone who knocks all the soda bottles down.
Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10; 1 Samuel 16:7
(Come out wearing a mask.)
Have you ever worn a mask before? It can be fun to put on a mask and act like someone else. (Try on a few different masks.) Why do people wear masks? (Wait for responses.) To look like someone or something else. A mask hides what you really look like. Sometimes when people rob a bank or commit a crime they will wear a mask so no one can see what they look like.
Do you ever wear a mask? I don’t mean a real mask over your face though. Sometimes people will act a certain way so that people will think that they are better than they really are. They will come to church and say the right things, and sing loud, and act like a follower of Jesus, but it is really just a mask that they are wearing.
Jesus was upset at the Pharisees one day because they would dress fancy and act like they loved God but really they were mean and unkind to people. Jesus said in Matthew 23:25-26 that they were like a tomb or a casket that was painted to look really nice, but inside was only a skeleton! He said that they were like a cup that was nice and clean on the outside, but was really dirty on the inside.
Do you ever try to make yourself look better than you really are? Do you try to impress people? We all do this at times. But God wants us to be humble. Instead of saying that we love God and other people He wants us to actually love them! We show that we love Him by our actions. By how we live.
God is not fooled by a mask. In 1 Samuel 16:7 it says that people look at the outside but God looks at our heart. Let us make sure that our actions are pleasing and honorable to God.
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Psalm 17:8; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 32:7
(Show everyone the umbrella.)
Does anyone know what this is? That’s right it is an umbrella. Do any of you have an umbrella? What we do use umbrellas for? (Wait for a response.) We use them to keep dry in the rain. More specifically we use them for protection.
An umbrella can protect us from the rain, sleet, snow, or you can even use it on a bright sunny day as protection from the sun. The umbrella covers you when you are in bad weather and it protects you from all kinds of things.
In Psalm 18:30 it says that God is like a strong tower and he protects us and keeps us safe. God is like an umbrella for us. He covers us and keeps us safe. What kinds of things do you think God keeps us safe from? (Wait for responses.) Keeps us safe driving. Keeps us healthy. Keeps us safe from storms. He keeps us safe from all kinds of things!
Whenever we go out in the rain and we need to use and umbrella always remember that God is the one that keeps us safe. We can always run to him and find shelter and safety from whatever things we face in our life. When He is protecting us we do not need to be afraid or scared of anything!
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2 Timothy 1:7
1 John 4:4; Romans 10:17; 1 John 4:18; John 14:27; Luke 10:19; Micah 3:8
- Voodoo doll, or small kids doll
(Hold up the doll and the needles.)
Many people around the world believe in something called voodoo and that if you take a silly little doll called a voodoo doll and poke it with needles that you can actually hurt your enemy. Many people actually believe this, and maybe you have even heard about it before? Some people live in fear that someone will try to harm them with a little silly doll and some needles. Well, I am here to say that you don’t need to be afraid of it!
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Some people will say that voodoo really works, but it doesn’t! I will tell you what works. Fear works! When you are afraid of something, like voodoo, it can begin to control you. Voodoo doesn’t really have any power over you unless you are afraid of it and then let the fear control you.
God’s Word says in 1 John 4:4 that the power of God is greater in us than any other power in the whole world! When you have the power of God in your life, no spell, hex or voodoo doll can do ANYTHING to you. The devil is powerless over you. The only power that the devil really has over you is that he can plant fear in your head. If you start to think about those fears it will make you afraid. When you believe bad things will happen to you, it actually starts to come true.
Instead we need to think about Good things. We need to build up our faith! The Bible teaches us in Romans 10:17 that faith comes from hearing God’s word. When we have faith we believe in God that He will take care of us, and our fear will disappear!
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James 1:17; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 1:12
- Colorful fall leaves. (If you don’t have any you can cut them out of colored construction paper or buy them at most craft stores.)
(Show a variety of fall leaves).
During autumn all the leaves on the trees start to change colors. Red. Orange. Yellow. Brown. Do you know what they do after they change color? They fall down to the ground. That’s why we call it the Fall. Then we rake the leaves and we can jump and play in them.
Did you know that God is NOT like these leaves? In Hebrews 13:8 we read that Jesus is the same yesterday as He is today! And that He will be the same tomorrow too! That means we can trust, rely and depend on Him!
These leaves grow and are blown by the wind and they eventually change colors, die and fall to the ground. But Jesus will never change like that. Sometimes people change that way, but not God.
God is faithful and trustworthy. We can always rely on Him to do what He says and to keep His promises. His word is always true!
So when we drive around and see the beautiful fall leaves we should remember that even though they may change our God will never change! He will always be there for us to love us and to protects us.
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