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. 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 ~ Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? (Christiananswers) a little bit of Pilgrim history for kids to celebrate our Christian heritage.
Sail1620.org learn about the brave 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 sponsored 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.
Thankful Tree to make (liagriffith) 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 (liagriffith) 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
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 / to do list (homegrownhospitality) simple design with no lines and a checked doodle border; free printable
I’m thankful for… 2 fun sheets to tick and colour (junepfaffdaley) 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
Thankful For – tiny note cards (minted) decorated with a leaf wreath; free printable
Notes of Thankfulness (hellobee) little cards to fill in and remind us we have so much to be thankful for; free printable
Thanksgiving – writing pages (mamaslearningcorner) for kids to write down what they are thankful for; or for a story prompt; free printable
Thanksgiving post-it notes (kidsprayer) jot down things to thank God for on post-it notes
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 PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Psalm 95:2-7 – doodle to colour (hopeink) Let us come before Him with thanksgiving; Turkey – doodle to colour with Bible verse from Psalm 106:1 – Give thanks to the Lord; in a fun swirly doodle style; free printable
Thankful in every season – doodle to colour (marydeandraws) pumpkin with large polka dots and Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18; free printable
I am thankful – colouring (theprudentpantry) for my blessings are too many to count; decorated with flowers; free printable
Thankful for family – colouring (creativesundayschoolcrafts) pumpkins with faces and Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18; free printable
Oh Give Thanks – colouring (ministryark; scroll down to the very bottom of the post and click on the image to download the colouring page, otherwise you will download the whole lesson) with Bible verse from Psalm 107:1 – Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His steadfast love endures forever; doodle inside a flower wreath frame; free printable
Psalm 100:4-5 – Scripture doodle (hopeink) Let us enter His gates with thanksgiving; free printable
Give Thanks – doodle (karladornacher; log in and scroll down) sunflowers, bird and ‘give thanks’ on a banner; and scroll down further to find another doodle with the words, ‘give thanks to the Lord’ in a round frame decorated with leaves; both in a sweet country style; free printable (subscribers only, but membership is free)
Thanksgiving – colouring pages (ministry-to-children.com) pilgrim, thankful tree, Bible activities; free printable
Thanksgiving – colouring (karladornacher; scroll down) with Bible verse from 1 Chronicles 16:34 – Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever; pilgrim children; and below that is a count your blessings turkey colouring; free printable
Thanksgiving – colouring pages (Biblestoryprintables) Thanksgiving placemat that reads, “Give Thanks,” with Bible verse from 1 Chronicles 16:34; Harvest Festival coloring page; turkey placemat to colour with Bible verse – O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever; free printable
Thankful – colouring (meaningfulmama) with Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus; words decorated with leaves; free printable
Pilgrim – colouring pages (Dover sample)
Thanksgiving – colouring pages (Godsmostprecious) with Bible verses for younger children; free printable
Thanksgiving – count and colour (sisterssuitcase) find the number of objects and then colour; free printable
THANKSGIVING ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Thanksgiving – puzzles/worksheet (Biblestoryprintables; scroll down) printable shapes on a one page worksheet where you can fill in everything you are thankful to God for then colour it in; Bible verse cut and paste picture puzzle; free printable
Thanksgiving – maze (annkoffsky) help the pilgrims on the Mayflower find their new land; free printable
Thanksgiving – Bible verse copy work (heartofwisdom) handwriting worksheet; free printable
Thanksgiving – hidden picture puzzle (donnashepherd; scroll down) free printable
Thanksgiving – puzzles (pinkstripeysocks) acrostic; how many smaller words can you make from the word ‘thanksgiving; free printable
Thanksgiving – printable pack (homeschoolcreations; scroll down) for younger children; free printable
Happy Thanksgiving – coded puzzle (applesaucekids)
Thanksgiving – colouring / puzzles / learn to draw (colormountain) free printable
Thanksgiving – puzzles for kids (printactivities) mazes, word search, cryptogram, word scrambles, simple maths puzzles and more; free printable
DIY puzzles specifically tailored for your child with this easy tutorial
THANKSGIVING ~ CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Thanksgiving – activities for kids (answersingenesis) a sample lesson that includes poster, games, activities, and take-home sheet to encourage children to express gratefulness to God for who he is and all he’s done; free printable (via add to cart)
The Gospel Pumpkin (happyhomefairy) 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 from a Christian perspective for younger children; plus some great ideas for your family, too
Thanksgiving Traditions (abcjesuslovesme) to 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 sponsored child a photo and a complete write up of your family thanksgiving fun
Thanksgiving ABC (mamaslearningcorner) cut and paste activity, then put the words in the correct order; free printable
Thanksgiving origami – pilgrim boy and girl (origami-n-stuff4kids; 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; Thanksgiving origami – turkey head, tail and colourful feathers already printed; ready to attach to a brown paper bag (turkey body); free printable
Thanksgiving – crafts and activities for kids (eggloentertainment) thankful for Jesus; free printable
Thanksgiving ideas (kidology) a page full of links for thanksgiving ideas for your home or classroom
Thanksgiving – activities for kids (childrenschurch) Sunday school lesson ideas; free printable
Thanksgiving – finger puppets (untilwednesdaycalls) cute teddy bear pilgrims and turkey finger puppets with holes that kids can put their fingers through; free printable
Li’l pilgrims paper dolls (untrainedhousewife) free printable
DIY Pilgrim Bonnet – to make (sayyes) adapt for paper; or make them for your own family and send the photos to your sponsored child
Giving thanks – banner (liagriffith) with simple words – giving (on one page) and thanks (on the other page); templates for members only
Thanksgiving – placemat to make (partyplanningcenter) in the shape of a turkey; free printable
Thanksgiving – printable turkey (lookwhatmomfound) disguised as a butler to avoid being eaten; free printable
Knuckle pumpkins – painting craft for kids (happyhomefairy) a fun but messy paint activity for younger children
Thanksgiving – handprint turkey (preschoolplaybook) for younger children to make
Thanksgiving – ideas (Scriptureadventures) some free samples; others to purchase
Thanksgiving – craft ideas (daniellesplace) 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
Turkey – crafts (handmadecharlotte) headband, mini box; free printable
Thanksgiving – pilgrim place cards to make (artistshelpingchildren) and Make a moving mayflower – craft; Thanksgiving – paper toys; Pilgrim girl – paper toy and Thanksgiving learn-to-draw; Turkey – game; ready to print and make; free printable
Thanksgiving – crafts (littleblots) for younger children; free printable
Thanksgiving – crafts (Christianpreschoolprintables) activities for kids; free printable
Thanksgiving – printables (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 ~ LEARN TO DRAW ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Thanksgiving Doodle – learn to draw (1arthouse) learn to draw a beautiful ‘give thanks’ doodle for thanksgiving with a pumpkin and acorns; it would also make a fabulous graphic for your thanksgiving letter; free printable
THANKSGIVING ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin – poster for kids (happyhomefairy) in a green and orange 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) 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”; members only
Thanksgiving Wreath – Bible poster (craftberrybush) Give thanks in all circumstances; 2 designs; soft brown and red watercolour on white background; free printable
Thanksgiving – posters (aspectacledowl) adorable pilgrim owls – harvest, give thanks, autumn, thankful; free printable
Thanksgiving – printables (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
Thankful Bible bookmarks + Pilgrim Hat thankful tags (Biblejournallingdigitally; scroll to the end of each post to download) 4 designs with a thankful flavour in teal and autumn colours; Bible verses from Galatians 6:9; Colossians 3:17; Psalm 91:1; matching Gratitude – planner stickers with Bible verses; Thanksgiving – notebook inserts beautifully decorated with Bible verses to look up; free printable
Thank you – Bible bookmarks (artbyerinleigh) with a thankful flavour with Bible verses from Hebrews 12:2; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:12; Psalm 107:1; free printable
Give thanks – bookmarks (wildolive) to colour; 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 – bookmarks (fellowes) Native American Indians; pilgrims; add a favourite Bible verse and a note of love and encouragement; free printable
Thanksgiving – Bible wallet cards (Biblestoryprintables; scroll down) Bible verses printed on pumpkins; free printable
Thanksgiving – labels (nametagjungle) colourful borders with graphics of Thanksgiving-themed items like a pilgrim hat, pumpkin, turkey; Turkey – labels; Pumpkin – labels; Maple Leaf – labels; Thanksgiving – labels to colour; free printable
Autumn / Fall – planner / to do list (amyjdelightful) in soft pastel colours on a white background and decorated with adorable woodland critters (rabbit, deer and squirrel) with words, ‘hello there’, ‘dear friend’ and ‘grateful’; free printable
Thanksgiving – to do list (graphicgarden; scroll down to ‘seasonal’); Thanksgiving – gift tags; Thanksgiving – bookmark; Thanksgiving – labels (perfect to add some Bible verses and make your own mini wallet cards); free printable
Thanksgiving – recipe cards (liagriffith) share a favourite thanksgiving recipe; free printable
Thanksgiving – lunch box joke cards for kids (happyhomefairy) e.g. what sound does a turkey’s phone make? – wing wing; free printable
Thank You – notes (amyjdelightful) for kids to colour; free printable
Thanksgiving – write-on shapes (storyit) printable shapes to use for notepaper, vocabulary word lists – pumpkin, acorn, haystack, pilgrim bear, barn, pilgrim boy, corn stack, turkey; free printable
cutecolors (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
THANKSGIVING CREATIVE IDEAS
Here’s some creative ways you can use your favourite thanksgiving images. Add a favourite 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 (choose landscape or portrait, then 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
Thankful – stationery (Paper Gifts for Estefany) to fill in featuring Bible verse from Psalm 30:4 and these words: ‘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 (artbyerinleigh) with Bible verse; 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; Thanksgiving – envelope; free printable
Pumpkin – stationery (stationerytree) with a border of fine looking pumpkins around the page; lined, blank or handwriting; free version is fine
Thanksgiving – stationery (pageborders); Thanksgiving – border; Maple leaf – stationery; Harvest – border; Fall leaves – stationery; Pumpkins and Leaves – stationery; Fall stripes – border; Fall polka dots – border; Thanksgiving – stationery to colour; free versions are fine
Thanksgiving – note cards (craftaholicsanonymous) with the word ‘thankful’ across the front, nestled into small leaves in Autumn colours; free printable
Thanksgiving – stationery (canon) and matching envelope; 3 colours – yellow, apricot or pale green; Thanksgiving – card with two teddy bears sharing a thanksgiving meal on a tree stump in the forest; Thank you – cards various designs; free printable
Thank you – cards (livinglocurto) with polka dots; free printable
Thank you – card (falalalovely) soft blue-pink-grey watercolour background with ‘thank you’ in white letters; free printable
Fall / Autumn ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
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