Ark Kids Junior: Thanks & Giving

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.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown from 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Engage 3 includes using sign language for "Thank You"

Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Hosts
  • Hosts enter.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m so glad that you came to visit us.

Co-Host We’re going to have a fun day today. But to get things started I need your help to say our special words.

(Co-Host acts as if he/she is going to say something but pauses.)

Host Aren’t you going to say the words?

Co-Host I can’t remember what I was going to say. I think it’s two words, and I wanted you to say them with me. Let’s hold up two fingers. I wish I wouldn’t have forgotten what they were. I think the words make a fun sound.

Host Is it shoo-shoo? Let’s say that together. That doesn’t sound right. Is it moo-moo? Let’s say that. Does that sound right?

Co-Host You know, it might be the sound of a train. Can you remember what sound a train makes? (Pause) Of course! We’re supposed to say, “Choo-Choo!” Thanks for helping me remember.

Host Great job, Jr. Conductors. Today is all about remembering, so be ready to help all of our friends at the Train Station. If you’re ready to have a fun day, then give me a loud “Choo-choo!”

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Hosts
  • Hosts enter.

Host It seems like Engineer Kelly is forgetting to do something very important. Do you know what she forgot to do? She forgot to say, “Thank you.”

Co-Host It’s important to remember to thank someone when he or she helps you. Can you tell me the name of someone who helped you this week?

(Allow for answers.)

Host Let’s practice remembering as we play a game. I’ll show you a picture, and then hide the picture. Let’s see if you can remember what you saw.

  • Show a picture and then remove it from the screen. Ask questions about the different pictures, such as what color was the item, what sound does the animal in the picture make, etc. Repeat with each of the provided pictures.

Co-Host You did a great job remembering. I think you are the perfect Jr. Conductors to help Engineer Kelly remember to say, “Thank you.”

Host Whenever someone does something nice for us, we always want to say, “Thanks.” Did you know that we can tell God “Thank You” for all of the great things He does for us?

Co-Host Be sure to let Engineer Kelly know what you learned at the Music Store. Before we find her, we should stand and practice today’s Big Point.

  • Practice the Big Point and have the kids return to their pockets.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Binoculars
Hosts
  • Hosts enter.

Host Why did Engineer Kelly have the string on her finger? (Pause) That’s right; she put it there to help her remember to say, “Thank you” to her friends and to God.

Co-Host Do you think she will do what the Big Point says? I do, too. Let’s stand and say our Big Point,

Co-Host Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

Host Let’s read today’s Big Verse.

Host Colossians 4:2 (NIrV) says, “Always be watchful and thankful.” Being watchful means that you are always looking.

Co-Host Let’s pretend to use binoculars. Binoculars help you see things that are far away. I have an idea. I will choose something in this room, and you can use your pretend binoculars to guess what I chose. I’ll give you a hint.

(Play “I Spy” with the kids using different items around the room.)

Host That was fun. It’s important to watch carefully so that we notice when God or other people help us. When they help us, what should we say? (Pause) Yes, we say, “Thank you.” Let’s stand and say, “Thank You” to God by singing a song to Him.

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Materials:
Leader

Jr. Conductors, close your eyes and think of one good thing that God has given to you. You could think of your house, your family, or even the food you eat. Think of that one thing and quietly tell God, “Thank You” for giving it to you. (Pause) Good job. That’s something you can do every single day. I’ll pray now and thank God, too.

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Hosts
  • Hosts enter.

Host I’m thankful that Engineer Kelly remembered to say, “Thank you” to all of her friends. It sounds like they had a great Thanksgiving party.

Co-Host That was a wise choice to follow the Big Point. Let’s say it again,

Co-Host Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

Host There are lots of ways to say, “Thank you.” Let’s practice saying, “Thank you” in different languages. We speak English, but in other countries their words sound different.

  • Practice saying the following words with the kids and have them repeat them several times. You can even add extra words if you have time.

Co-Host In Mexico they say, “Gracias” (GRAH-see-us)

Co-Host When saying “Thank you.” In France you say, “Merci.” (MEHR-see)

Host If you were in Japan, you would say, “Arigato.” (ah-ree-GAH-toh)

Host In China they say, “Xie xie” (she-eh she-eh).

In sign language, you do this (Show sign language for “Thank you”)

Co-Host No matter what language you use, it’s important to say, “Thank you.” You could have fun and use one of these new words to thank your mom or dad today.

Host I’m so glad that you visited the Train Station today. Don’t forget our Big Point! Let’s say it together,

Host Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

Materials:
Hosts

Host

  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say Don’t Forget To Say Thanks or Always Forget to Say Thanks?

  2. Let’s pretend to tie a string around our finger. Wrap it around and around and around. Tie it in a bow. Who had a string on her finger at the Train Station today? Conductor Carl or Engineer Kelly? Why did she have a string on her finger? She wanted to remember to say, “Thank you.”

  3. Let’s count to ten using our fingers. (Count) You have ten fingers. Do you have ten of anything else? Do you have ten eyes? Do you have ten noses? That’s right, you have ten toes. Why did the ten guys ask Jesus for help in our Big Story? They had a skin sickness How many came back to say, “Thank you” to Jesus? One

  4. Who helped Engineer Kelly get ready for the party? Conductor Gordon, Conductor Carl, Chef Bananas How did they help her? Conductor Gordon talked to Farmer Fran about the tractor, Conductor Carl brought the decorations, Chef Bananas baked a cake Were they glad when she told them “Thank you?” Yes

  5. Let’s think of something good that God has done for us. Think really hard. What did you think of? Let’s practice telling God, “Thank You” after each Jr. Conductor shares.

  6. Let’s look all around the room. Can you tell me something you see? What else do you see? What does our Big Verse say? Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), “Always be watchful and ______.” a. Thankful b. Angry

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Classroom / Midweek

Classroom / Midweek Instructions

Small Group Split
Materials:
Small Group Leaders

Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups. Small Group Leaders take a few moments to welcome your group.

Materials: Lesson Plan
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader

Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m so glad you are here today. It’s getting close to a special holiday, but I can’t remember which one. Can you remind me which holiday is coming up? Thanksgiving! Is Thanksgiving the holiday when we watch fireworks in the sky and wear red, white, and blue? No? What is that one? Oh, yeah, the Fourth of July, I forgot. I remember, Thanksgiving is when we decorate a tree with ornaments and sing “Jingle Bells!” (Pause) That’s Christmas? Man, can you remind me what Thanksgiving is about? (Pause) Oh yeah, Thanksgiving is all about being thankful! Today we get to learn about thankfulness with Conductor Carl and his friends. If you are ready for a great day, give me a big “Choo-choo!”

Let’s stand up and sing to Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Jr. Conductors, can you remember the special color of your small group? Let’s take turns saying our engine color! (Let each small group have a turn to share their small group’s name) I’m so glad you remembered your engine color! Let’s play a matching game. For this game, you have to be good at remembering. Raise your hand if you are ready to play!

Note:

Play a game of Memory. Or another simple matching game, allowing each small group a turn.

That was a fun game! You had to remember each picture. Today Engineer Kelly has been learning how not to forget. Let’s all turn on our listening ears so we can discover today’s Big Point and help her!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Activity Sheet (One per kid), Crayons
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Engineer Kelly forgot to do something important! What was it she forgot to do? She forgot to say, “Thank you.” I think the Big Point is going to help her. Let’s sing it together,

Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

Let’s all think of someone we are thankful for. Think really hard. (Pause) Now let’s all share that person’s name on the count of three. 1…2…3… (Let the kids shout who they are thankful for) Wow! Those are a lot of people to be thankful for.

In your small group, you get to color a picture of a turkey hand. But this hand has something special inside it…you’ll see all the pictures. These pictures are things that we are thankful for. There might be things you have never said, “Thank you” for before! You can say, “Thank You” for those right now in your groups. Everyone, turn around, and you can get started!

  • Pass out the activity sheets. Go through each picture with the kids, talking about what they are and have them say, “Thank you” for each one. Then pass out crayons and let them color the turkey.

Did everyone say, “Thank you” for something you hadn’t said, “Thank you” for before? It’s important to not forget how much we have that we can be thankful for. Let’s see if Engineer Kelly can learn this!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Items to Hide
Leader
  • Leader enters. During the Leader’s part, have someone quietly hide different items around the room. Put them in places that are semi-hidden, but where the kids can still find them while they are seated in their groups.

Why did Engineer Kelly put a string on her finger? (Pause) That’s right; she put it there to help her remember to say, “Thank you” to her friends and to God. Do you think she will do what the Big Point says? I do, too. Let’s sing it again,

Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

Our Big Point is true because the Bible always says true things.

The Big Verse is Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), and it says, “Always be watchful and thankful.” Do you know what it means to watch something? I like to watch TV and shows on my tablet. The Bible tells us that we can watch and find things to say, “Thank you” for!

You get to play “I Spy” in your small group and try to find some new things in our room. Turn to your small group leader now!

Small Group Leader
  • Play “I Spy,” and have the kids find the new things that are hidden around the room.

Leader

That was a fun game! It is fun to find things to be thankful for. God is honored when we say, “Thank You” to Him. Let’s listen to a story from the Bible about one man who remembered to say, “Thank You” when some others forgot.

Materials: Dot Stickers
Small Group Leader

The men in our story had leprosy, which means they had boo-boos all over their body. Let’s put a sticker on our arm, like a boo-boo. (Pass out a sticker to each kid) Now think of something that you are thankful for. We will go around the circle, and when it’s your turn share what you are thankful for, you can take your sticker off! Let’s get started now. (Go around the group and let each kid share something they are thankful for) Look at all those things God has done for us! I will pray and thank God, too. (Pray)

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Engineer Kelly remembered to say, “Thank you” to her friends and that helped them have a great Thanksgiving. Our Big Point helped her, and it will help you, too. Let’s sing it again,

Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

Conductor Carl gave us our Big Do for the week. It is to make a card with your family and give it to someone you are thankful for! That sounds like fun, and it will help us to follow our Big Point. Let’s say it one more time,

Materials:
Hosts

Host

  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say Don’t Forget To Say Thanks or Always Forget to Say Thanks?

  2. Let’s pretend to tie a string around our finger. Wrap it around and around and around. Tie it in a bow. Who had a string on her finger at the Train Station today? Conductor Carl or Engineer Kelly? Why did she have a string on her finger? She wanted to remember to say, “Thank you.”

  3. Let’s count to ten using our fingers. (Count) You have ten fingers. Do you have ten of anything else? Do you have ten eyes? Do you have ten noses? That’s right, you have ten toes. Why did the ten guys ask Jesus for help in our Big Story? They had a skin sickness How many came back to say, “Thank you” to Jesus? One

  4. Who helped Engineer Kelly get ready for the party? Conductor Gordon, Conductor Carl, Chef Bananas How did they help her? Conductor Gordon talked to Farmer Fran about the tractor, Conductor Carl brought the decorations, Chef Bananas baked a cake Were they glad when she told them “Thank you?” Yes

  5. Let’s think of something good that God has done for us. Think really hard. What did you think of? Let’s practice telling God, “Thank You” after each Jr. Conductor shares.

  6. Let’s look all around the room. Can you tell me something you see? What else do you see? What does our Big Verse say? Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), “Always be watchful and ______.” a. Thankful b. Angry

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