My friend Donald W. White took William Bradford’s original journal, annotated it, and rewrote it using modern-day English, titling the book A Plymouth Pilgrim. The book ends with the recorded celebration of the first Thanksgiving. It’s a great piece of literature for families and older students.
The holiday of Thanksgiving today serves as a reminder that we are called to be grateful to God for all things. As you discuss Thanksgiving with your children, here are two passages you can look over:….
- Psalm 107 ~ Ask your children what character of God is being pointed out in this Psalm over and over again. What does the Psalm say about God’s sovereign rule over all things? When are we to praise God and give thanks?
- Ephesians 1:3-14 ~ Talk to your family about what this passage means for believers. What cause do we have for daily rejoicing? How does our very salvation work to the “praise of His glory”?
Thanksgiving Studies and Activities
Here are some studies and activities about Thanksgiving for you to try with your kids this year! These focus on both the history of the American holiday, and on our gratitude to God for all He has given us.
The Super Accurate and Serious Lego History of Thanksgiving from Adventures in Mommydom ~ I love this fun history lesson from my friend Ticia. I’m sure your kids will enjoy it as well!
More Fun Ideas
- Print this free Give Thanks Scripture Memory Booklet.
- Make Hard Tack like a sailor–and the kids from Adventures in Mommydom.
- Purchase these beautiful Thankful Meditations posters and study from Path Through the Narrow Gate.
- The Modest Mom has a free History of Thanksgiving unit study for Kindergarten through Second Grade.
- Get your build on with this free Thanksgiving Brick Challenge from Proverbial Homemaker.
- Pick up a copy of A Plymouth Pilgrim (review), so your kids can learn about the first American Thanksgiving.
- Download this Thanksgiving Scripture Memory Challenge from The Pelsers.
- Create an I Am Thankful Pumpkin from The Moffat Girls.
- Make a family Gratitude Garland with printable pieces from Somewhat Simple.
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.