Ark Kids Junior: Thanks & Giving

This “THANKS + GIVING” series is much more than some good lessons around a holiday theme.

THANKS & GIVING: This “THANKS + GIVING” series is much more than some good lessons around a holiday theme. These are two principles that have the power to change lives. Gratitude and generosity are not widely prevalent in our society, especially in the life of a child. There is a natural tendency in all of us to get sucked into thinking that life is “all about me.” Helping kids to understand that all that they receive and benefit from in their lives is the result of someone else’s generosity is crucial. Teaching them to take the time to acknowledge that and express gratitude to those people, and to God, is powerful. Once that happens, we find that generosity prompts gratitude and gratitude inspires generosity and the cycle becomes intertwined and contagious. Thankful, giving people stand out…we notice them and want to be like them. So yes, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to teach kids about thanks and giving. It’s a great reminder for us, as well. As we model these traits in our own lives, not only will we reap personal reward, but we also have the opportunity to start a trend and ignite a truth in the hearts and minds of kids that will literally change their lives.



Lessons

Thanks & Giving Week 1
Thanks & Giving Week 1

Don't Forget To Say Thanks!

Engineer Kelly is in charge of the Train Station Thanksgiving party. She has a lot do and needs a lot of help. Unfortunately, she has forgotten to say two simple words, "Thank You." Hopefully, Conductor Carl can help her remember.

Thanks & Giving Week 2
Thanks & Giving Week 2

Don't Grumbles At Thanks

Lionel is upset because he has to spend Thanksgiving with his cousins. He's upset because they mess up his stuff. Help Lionel replace his grumbles with "Thank you's."

Thanks & Giving Week 3
Thanks & Giving Week 3

We All Have Something To Give!

The Train Station is hosting a talent show. Everyone is going to stand on stage and share fun things that they can do. Unfortunately, Engineer Courtney thinks that she has nothing to share at the show. It's up to her friends to show her that we all have something to give.

Thanks & Giving Week 4
Thanks & Giving Week 4

No Gift Is Too Small!

The Train Station is collecting presents to give to kids in need, but Engineer Kelly doesn't think her gift is big enough. Even a small gift can be a big blessing when God uses it.