REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS
Remembering what God has done for us and giving thanks. These are the twin themes of Deuteronomy 8. Everything we have comes from the Lord. It is when we kid ourselves that we have done it all ourselves and forget God (both on a personal and a national level) that we start to run into trouble. BIG trouble. (Just look around). Having a thankful heart also helps us build resilience. Here are some free printable thanksgiving colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids… enjoy!
THANKSGIVING ~ BIBLE VERSES
Psalm 30:4 ~ Sing praise to the Lord, all His faithful people. Remember what the Holy One has done and give Him thanks.
Psalm 50:14 ~ Let the giving of thanks be your gift to God and give the Almighty all that you promised.
Ephesians 1:3 ~ Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For in our union with Christ He has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.
Ephesians 1:15-16 ~ For this reason, ever since I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks to God for you, I remember you in my prayers.
Ephesians 5:20 ~ In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.
Colossians 2:7 ~ Keep your roots deep in Him, build your lives on Him and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving.
1 Thessalonians 3:9 ~ Now we can give thanks to our God for you. We thank Him for the joy we have in His presence because of you.
Thanksgiving Bible Verses for children (scroll down) printed on pumpkins; free printable
THE VERY FIRST (BIBLICAL) THANKSGIVING
In his movie documentary, Monumental, Kirk Cameron finds out that the first pilgrims were NOT the weedy people in strange bonnets that he had been taught about in school history, but people of incredible strength and courage. They left a monument sharing their secrets of what made America great… and how they did it. A blueprint that if we ever forgot, would show us the way back to what made America great; what made America free, peaceful and successful – the envy of the world for centuries. Share these insights with your child.
The real story of the very first Biblical thanksgiving (Ann Voskamp) based on Leviticus 7 and giving thanks even when everything looks like a failure… “A sacrifice of thanks lays down our perspective and raises hands in praise anyway – always. We give thanks to God not because of how we feel – but because of Who He is.”
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? (ChristianAnswers) a little bit of Pilgrim history for kids to celebrate our Christian heritage.
Sail1620.org learn about the lives and history of the Pilgrim forefathers; the Plymouth Colony; and their ship, the Mayflower.
Thanksgiving Countdown Happy Home Fairy has some great advice for us – to not rush past the humble spirit of the sweet holiday of thanksgiving despite all the external commercial pressure to get into Christmas mode. But to stop. Remember. And give thanks. Even better, make it a countdown. I hope that her post blesses your family and there are some fun ideas in here for your Compassion child, too.
WHAT ARE WE THANKFUL FOR?
A thankful list to fill in (Paper Gifts for Estefany) featuring Bible verse from Psalm 30:4 and these words: ‘Dear God, thank you for…’. And the words on the matching stationery are, ‘I thank God for you.’ Perfect for a personal note of love and encouragement to your sponsored child; or use it for your own children or grandchildren or students. Let them know how much you thank God for them, too. These thanksgiving free printables are also available in French and Spanish.
Thanksgiving Tree (Ann Voskamp) be inspired by this lovely post and free printable activity to do with your own family; as well as send the fill in leaves to your sponsored child for them to make their own tree.
Thankful Tree (elli.com) for your family; send the gold, orange and plum coloured leaves to your Compassion child. Ask them to share them around and write something they are thankful for on the back, then find a tree or twigs to hang them on.
Thankful Tree to make (Lia Griffith) write what you are thankful for on leaf shaped paper and tie it to twigs and make a table centrepiece; looks fabulous on metallic paper or card stock; template for members only.
Thanksgiving paper wreath (Lia Griffith) write what you are thankful for on leaf shaped paper and arrange it into a wreath; looks fabulous using metallic paper; template for members only
Count your Blessings – list (Ann Voskamp) free printable
Live with an attitude of gratitude – to do list (homegrownhospitality) with the words: pumpkins, fall, leaves, apples, harvest; decorated in a fun swirly doodle style; to colour; free printable
Things To Do List (homegrownhospitality) to colour; featuring flowers in a fun swirly doodle style and no lines; reminding us to not freak out by the junk you have to do, but to give thanks in all circumstances and practise radical gratitude, that we can do them and not to forget to do things for others; free printable
Happiness and Gratitude List (homegrownhospitality) to colour; I must be grateful for the people in my life; free printable
Today I am thankful for – to do list (homegrownhospitality) to colour; And I am just going to do it; free printable
Thankful – blank notepaper or to do list (homegrownhospitality) simple design with no lines and a plain checked doodle border; free printable
Notes of Thankfulness (hellobee.com) little cards to fill in and remind us we have so much to be thankful for; free printable
I’m thankful for… leaves of gratitude (worldlabel.com) print as labels and adhere to card; or just print, cut and fill in; free printable
I’m thankful for… 2 fun sheets to tick and colour or use the ideas to doodle your own; free printable
Thanksgiving Placemat for kids (dabblesandbabbles) to colour; with plenty of room to add your own doodles and what you are thankful for; free printable
Thanksgiving post-it notes (kidsprayer) jot down things to thank God for.
Thanksgiving Traditions to help leave a legacy; activities, crafts, Bible verses on thankfulness, attitude of gratitude sticker chart to complete, draw a collage, make a paper turkey, handprint turkeys (make your own card); turkey hand and foot print; printable thanksgiving tree (add a leaf to the tree with something you are thankful for), turkey of praise (add a feather to the turkey), thanksgiving paper chain; plus some cute ideas for your own thanksgiving celebrations (love the marshmallow pilgrim hats! The turkey cupcakes look interesting too) plus links to more ideas ~ remember to send your Compassion child a photo and a complete write up.
Thankful For – Tiny Note Cards decorated with a leaf wreath; free printable
Thanksgiving writing pages for kids to write down what they are thankful for; or for a story prompt; free printable
11/30 Gratitude Let’s find lots of opportunities to sit in our ‘thankful chair’. We have so much to be thankful for. Thanks so much to Breanne for sharing this lovely idea with us.
THANKSGIVING ~ COLOURING FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Turkey in a fun swirly doodle style to colour (hopeink) with Bible verse from Psalm 106:1 – Give thanks to the Lord; free printable
Psalm 95:2-7 fun colouring (hopeink) Let us come before Him with thanksgiving; free printable
Psalm 100:4-5 Scripture doodle (hopeink) Let us enter His gates with thanksgiving; free printable
Thankful in every season – pumpkin (with large polka dots) doodle colouring (MaryDeanDraws) with Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18; free printable
Thanksgiving colouring pages (ministry-to-children.com) pilgrim, thankful tree, Bible activities and craft ideas, plus links to more Thanksgiving ideas
Thankful for family – pumpkin colouring cute pumpkins with faces and Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18; free printable
Thanksgiving doodles for kids to colour (doodle-art-alley.com) and a couple of fun placements; free printable
Have an attitude of gratitude – doodle (doodle-art-alley.com) words only in a fun doodle style; free printable
I am thankful – colouring for my blessings are too many to count; decorated with flowers; free printable
3 Thankful colouring pages with Bible verses free printable
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – colouring (FlandersFamily) In everything give thanks; with a fancy vintage decorative border; free printable
Pilgrim Colouring Pages (Dover sample)
Pilgrims – colouring the Mayflower crew celebrates the first Thanksgiving; free printable
Thanksgiving colouring pages for younger children free printable
Giving thanks – 3 colouring pages (Lia Griffith) or use as a template to make a banner; simple words – giving (on one page) and thanks (on another page); templates for members only
Psalm 136:1 – colouring Give thanks to the Lord; simple cornucopia; free printable
2 Corinthians 9:15 – colouring Thanks be to God for his gift; a simple gift box; free printable
Thanksgiving colouring pages (mrprintables.com) thanksgiving word doodle, cute pilgrims, turkey; free printable
THANKSGIVING ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Thanksgiving Bible verse copy work (HeartofWisdom) handwriting worksheet; free printable
Thanksgiving Hidden Picture Puzzle (scroll down) free printable
Thanksgiving – colouring / puzzles / learn to draw (ColorMountain) free printable
Thanksgiving printable pack for younger children (scroll down) free printable
Thanksgiving (christianpreschoolprintables.com) free printables, puzzles and craft ideas (4 pages)
Thanksgiving puzzles for kids mazes, word search, cryptogram, word scrambles, simple maths puzzles and more; free printable
Design your own thanksgiving puzzle specifically tailored for your child
THANKSGIVING ~ CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
The Gospel Pumpkin (HappyHomeFairy) This is a novel craft idea to do with your family; send a photo and the free printable to your sponsored child.
Thanksgiving free printables and ideas (HappyHomeFairy) from a Christian perspective for younger children; plus some great ideas for your family too
Thanksgiving craft – make and colour a tissue box (lifeway) with words, ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ and ‘Jesus loves you’; And I love the idea of kids blessing residents in nursing homes with their masterpieces too; free printable
Thanksgiving origami – pilgrim boy and girl (scroll down) and Thanksgiving origami – pilgrim hat (scroll down) easy – just print and fold – designs already printed; for your sponsored child, make up a sheet with several of these items on it so they can share with family and friends; free printable
Thanksgiving origami – turkey head, tail and colourful feathers already printed; ready to attach to a brown paper bag (turkey body); free printable
Thanksgiving finger puppets cute teddy bear pilgrims and turkey finger puppets with holes that kids can put their fingers through; free printable
Li’l pilgrims paper dolls free printable
Thanksgiving (childrenschurch) Sunday school lesson ideas; free printable
DIY Pilgrim Bonnet – to make adapt for paper; or make them for your own family and send the photos to your sponsored child
Thanksgiving Placemat in the shape of a turkey; free printable
Thanksgiving – free printable turkey disguised as a butler to avoid being eaten :)
Knuckle pumpkins – painting craft for kids (Happy Home Fairy) fun but messy paint activity for younger children
Thanksgiving handprint turkey for younger children
Thanksgiving Bible printables (Pinterest)
Thanksgiving – ideas some free samples; others to purchase
Thanksgiving ideas a page full of links for thanksgiving ideas for your home or classroom
Thanksgiving – lots of craft ideas (Danielle’s Place) turkey, basket and leaf crafts; Bible lessons and craft ideas; place holder, placemat, colouring, activity sheet, card, Pilgrim paper dolls, make a pilgrim hat and games; templates for members only
Thanksgiving paper toys; Thanksgiving place cards; Pilgrim girl paper toy and Thanksgiving learn-to-draw; Turkey game; ready to print and make
Thanksgiving – cute printables (paperglitter) free printable
Thanksgiving crafts (Enchanted Learning) and ideas for younger children
Thanksgiving candy holders to make in bold, bright Autumn colours; free printable
Pumpkin – file folder games for younger children: alphabet recognition, number matching and words; free printable
Thanksgiving colouring pages and crafts for younger children
Thanksgiving Printables and crafts for younger children
Thanksgiving free printables by DLTK; awards, certificates, games, bookmarks, calendars, charts, coloring, door hangers, gift tags, cards, mini books, worksheets, stationery, anagrams, crosswords, maths, mazes, tracing, easy sudoku.
Thanksgiving paper toys (The Toy Maker) free printable
More turkey in disguise ideas (Pinterest)
THANKSGIVING ~ POSTERS / PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin – Poster for kids (Happy Home Fairy) in a green and orange adorable doodle style with Bible references and smiley face pumpkins – God picks you from the patch and brings you in; then washes all the dirt off of you; He opens you up and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face. And He puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see; free printable
A good attitude – Bible poster (crosscards.com) with a beautiful sunflower and Bible verse from Psalm 40:16 – May all who come to you be glad and joyful. May all who are thankful for your salvation always say, “How great is the Lord”; free printable
Give thanks – Bible poster autumn leaves in fall colours and Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; scroll down for a couple more designs with the same verse; free printable
Thanksgiving Wreath – Bible poster Give thanks in all circumstances; 2 designs; soft brown and red watercolour; sweet free printable
4 Thanksgiving Bible Bookmarks + Pilgrim Hat Thankful Tags (BibleJournallingDigitally; scroll to the end of the post to download) lovely bookmarks in teal and autumn colours; and matching Gratitude Planner Stickers with Bible verses; free printable
Thanksgiving – printables from iMom; George Washington thanksgiving proclamation; 8 days of being thankful; 15 thanksgiving prayers; thanksgiving story cards; declaration of gratefulness, founding father cards; thanksgiving scavenger hunt for kids; free printable
Thank you – bookmarks with Bible verse artistic; free printable
Thanksgiving bookmarks (bookmarkbee) with pilgrim hats, pumpkins and turkeys; perfect to add a favourite Bible verse and a note of love and encouragement on the back; free printable
Thanksgiving To-Do List (GraphicGarden); Thanksgiving Gift Tags; Thanksgiving Bookmark; Thanksgiving Envelope; Thanksgiving Labels (perfect to add some Bible verses and make some mini wallet cards); free printable
Thanksgiving – recipe cards (Lia Griffith) if you would like to share a favourite thanksgiving recipe; free printable
Thanksgiving – Lunch Box Joke Cards (Happy Home Fairy) for kids, e.g. what sound does a turkey’s phone make? – wing wing; free printable
Thanksgiving envelopes / seed packets (scroll down and click on thanksgiving) 17 slightly different designs with country style graphics by Grandma George; free printable
cutecolors.com (click on ‘free cliparts’) has some cute thanksgiving graphics; clip art; bookmarks, to-do lists, gift tags; notepaper (click on scrapbook journals – give thanks); to make your own verse cards, stickers, etc – very cute for younger children; here is a sample of Grace’s lovely work; free printable
If you are looking for a great turkey photo check out this one from Big Sky Ken with his tail feathers up and add a thanksgiving Bible verse (scroll through his large collection of bird photos and admire our Creator’s magnificent designs while you are flicking through; I think it’s on a random setting so I can’t tell you how many clicks; one time it was only a few clicks, but when I last checked it, it was number 110). :o
THANKSGIVING CREATIVE IDEAS
Here’s some creative ways you can use your favourite thanksgiving images. Add a Bible verse and make your own:
- Bible Poster (A4) or Verse Card (4×6)
- Note Cards with Bible verse ~ 2 per A4 page – leaving room to fold them over – for the back of the card
- Bookmark ~ add your child’s name and a thanksgiving Bible verse.
- Bible Wallet Cards ~ print 9 or 10 on an A4 page (shrink / arrange evenly) to make Bible verse wallet cards or lunch box cards. These are fabulous items for your child to share with family and friends.
- Bible Stickers ~ print some thankful Bible verses on envelope labels (as if they were addresses). Add clip art if you wish.
- Make your own photo frame – add your family photo and/or a thanksgiving Bible verse.
- Inspire your child all year round – include an image and Bible verse on a calendar to remind your child to always have a thankful heart.
- Scrapbook page or lapbook – add your family photo and/or a thanksgiving Bible verse.**
THANKSGIVING STATIONERY ~ FREE PRINTABLE
by Paper Gifts for Estefany; a thankful list to fill in featuring Bible verse from Psalm 30:4 and these words: ‘Dear God, thank you for…’. And the words on the matching stationery are, ‘I thank God for you.’ Perfect for a personal note of love and encouragement to your sponsored child; or use it for your own children or grandchildren or students. Let them know how much you thank God for them, too. These thanksgiving free printables are also available in French and Spanish.
Thank you – note cards with Bible verse artistic; free printable
Thanksgiving stationery (GraphicGarden; scroll down to ‘seasonal’) lined or blank paper with cute teddy bear pilgrims. Creative idea: shrunk them down and put 4 per page, to make really cute matching notepaper; Thanksgiving greeting card (scroll down to ‘other seasons/holidays) some cute country style teddy bear pilgrims and their baskets; free printable
Thanksgiving stationery (PageBorders; scroll down) several designs to choose from; free versions are fine
Pumpkin stationery (stationerytree) with a border of fine looking pumpkins around the page; lined, blank or handwriting; free version is fine
elli.com also has lots of cute and elegant printables perfect for a thanksgiving note – cute petal shaped cards, note cards, gift boxes, stationery (which can be personalised), envelope liners, and even printable hearts, gift wrapping, paper bows, flowers, cute thank you tags (jot a couple of thankful ideas on the back); free printable
Thanksgiving Note Cards with the word ‘thankful’ across the front, nestled into small leaves
Kids Thank You notes (AmyDelightful) to colour; free printable
Thank you – card soft blue-pink-grey watercolour background with ‘thank you’ in white letters; free printable
When you are writing to your sponsored child, make sure you tell them about THE greatest gift of all to be thankful for…
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