Preschool: Special Focus: Thanking God

1s-2s – 

Special Focus—Eat Breakfast with Friends

Bible Story: Jesus Thanked for God John 6:1-13

Life Verse: Jesus helped people. Matthew 14:14

Life Point: Jesus thanked God.

Christ Focus: Jesus thanked God for His care.

Bible Focus: Jesus gave people food to eat.

Materials: Bible, Allergy Alert, frozen waffles or pancakes, toaster oven, jelly, plastic spoons, paper plates, hand cleaner

  • Post an allergy alert listing what you will be eating. Toast the waffles or pancakes out of reach of the children.
  • Give a child a spoon to spread jelly on a waffle. Cut the waffle into small pieces. Say a prayer of thanks for the food.
  • Open the Bible to John 6 as you tell the story. Tell the children that Jesus thanked God.

3s–Pre-K—Enjoy Food Box Lacing Cards

Life Point: Be thankful for everything God gives us.

Bible Story: Jesus Gave Thanks for Food John 6:1-13

Life Verse: Jesus loved people and helped them. Matthew 14:14

Christ Focus: Jesus came to love and help people. He taught people to thank God for His care.

Bible Focus: Jesus gave food to the people.

Materials: Bible, cardboard food boxes, scissors, hole punch, new shoestrings, basket and picnic tablecloth (optional)

  • Gather empty boxes for foods such as cereal, crackers, or macaroni and cheese. Cut off the sides, top, and bottom of each box. Punch holes around the edges of the box fronts to create lacing cards. Tie one end of a shoestring near the bottom of each lacing card. As an option, arrange the activity on a picnic tablecloth on the floor with the cards in a basket.
  • Invite a child to lace a shoestring in and out of the holes of a card. Listen as preschoolers recognize and “read” the familiar logos on the boxes. Involve children in conversations about favorite foods.
  • Assist with un-lacing when necessary. Talk about the Bible story. Open the Bible and read the Life Verse.

Kindergarten—Make Grass Terrariums

Life Point: Be thankful for everything God gives us.

Bible Story: Jesus Gave Thanks for Food John 6:1-13

Life Verse: Jesus loved people and helped them. Matthew 14:14

Christ Focus: Jesus came to love and help people. He taught people to thank God for His care.

Bible Focus: Jesus told the people to sit on the grass before He gave food to them.

Materials: Bible, teaching picture, Allergy Alert, small ziplock bags, cotton balls, grass seed, spoons, small containers of water, eyedroppers, permanent marker (teacher use)

  • Post the allergy poster. Place items on the table. Open the Bible to John 6.
  • Print a child’s name on a ziplock bag with the marker. Guide him to drop a few cotton balls in his ziplock bag and sprinkle grass seed on the cotton balls. He can use an eyedropper to add water to the seed.
  • Tape the bag to a window or instruct the child to tape it to a window when he gets home. The grass seed will sprout in a few days.
  • Talk about the Bible story. Look at the teaching picture and discuss what is happening. Note the people are sitting on the grass. Remind children that Jesus thanked God for the food. Talk about what children are thankful for.

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