Thursday, February 25, 2010

"This is the Day the Lord has Made" an Activity Designed to Teach Kids How to Show Thanks

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Let’s have a party!

I decorated the classroom before the children arrived with balloons, streamers, confetti and posters.

On the posters I put the bible verse “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.

Why have a party for no reason, because the Lord said to “rejoice and be glad in it” and what better reason?

As the children arrived I gave them all party hats and bottles of bubbles. They wanted to know why we were having a party and if it was someone’s birthday.

I told them that we were having a party because the Lord told us to “rejoice and be glad in the day he made” while I showed them the posters where it said that.

We danced and sang and blew bubbles for quite some time. After we were done celebrating I asked them all to sit in a circle so that we could pray.

I started the prayer by thanking our Lord for giving us such a beautiful and wonderful day and for letting us celebrate in this glorious day. I asked each child to go around and thank our Lord for something too. The following are some of their responses:

“Thank you Lord for the bubbles, they were a lot of fun!”

“Thank you for today.”

“Thank you for our party.”

“Thank you for my mom and dad.”

“Thank you for my toys.”

“Thank you for Roxy (dog).”

“Thank you for the music; I like to dance.”

After we prayed, I brought out cupcake ice cream cones for each child to enjoy, and boy did they ever!

I know that we can’t have a party everyday and this might have been a bit over the top; however, sometimes not only do the children need to have fun while learning a verse from the bible, but teachers do too, and I sure love cupcake ice cream cones and bubbles!

As always, peace and joy,