In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, consider giving the children - and families in your church the opportunity to share the big and small things for which they are thankful. You can do this by putting butcher paper outside each classroom, or your Children's Ministry area, provide crayons/markers and ask children and families arrive each week, ask them to draw pictures or write about what they are thankful about from the previous week.
I do this with my grandsons - they have journals which we take time each week for them to draw pictures or write about the things for which they are thankful. Sometimes they draw things like pizza, cookies and donuts and other times they draw how God has answered prayers. I like how they are thankful for big and small things in their lives!
As families share the things for which they are thankful, encourage them to begin journaling their thanks at home - it is a wonderful thing for children to learn to be thankful for big and small things in their lives and journaling with their parents and grandparents is a great way to do this.
And, be sure to add to the Thankful Banners each week the things for which you are thankful - and encourage the teachers to do so as well!
Make thankfulness a focus of your Children's Ministry this year and let Thankful Banners help you with this.