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Everyone knows the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This science experiment is a fun take on the story and also teaches the kids about kindness.

Materials
  • Plastic water bottle
  • Green balloon
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Sharpie marker
  • Funnel
Explanation

When the baking soda mixes with the vinegar, it cases a chemical reaction which releases gas. The gas fills the balloon causing it to expand.

Application

The Grinch was being very selfish and wanted to ruin Christmas. His plan was ruined, however, when he saw the joy of the Whos in Whoville. We can help people’s hearts expand as well by being joyful and spreading the love of Jesus. When we do this even the grumpiest heart is sure to expand.  

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The front of the ornament is the Old Testament prophecy. The back of the ornament is the New Testament fulfillment. In between is a back-to-back layer of sturdy craft paper, and a bow hangs it on the tree.

Materials Preparation

Print a copy of each prophecy and fulfillment onto card stock, one copy for each student.

Copy the template onto card stock and then cut it out.

If you want these crafts to be lasting, trace and cut out the triangle backings yourself before class. Your lines will be cleaner.

Instructions

Have students follow these steps:

  1.  If your teacher has not done this for you, trace around the template and cut to create the middle section of the ornament. Repeat.
  2. Using stick glue, run lines of glue down the sides of both trees with the decorative side face-down. Then glue them together with the decorative sides facing out.
  3. Cut out your first prophecy front and back. Center them on the middle piece, then use stick glue to apply them. You only need glue at the top of the outer pieces! Don’t glue all the way down and thereby cause bubbling.
  4. Punch a hole near the top but not too close to the edges. Have your teacher do this if you are having trouble punching through the four pieces.
  5. Run the ribbon through the hole and tie a loose bow, so that you have a loop.
  6. Repeat with your other three prophecies and fulfillments.

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Have students create a cut ‘n’ color manger scene. Use it as an opportunity to read the Christmas stories from Luke 2 or Matthew 1 & 2.
Materials
Preparation
If you have time, cut out the pieces for the students on the second page. It will make them look nicer.
Instructions

1. Have children color their pieces and the manger.

2. Allow children to decide where they would like the pieces to go and place them.

3. They should then use stick glue to make them stick

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This Thanksgiving science experiment requires making popcorn the old-fashioned way – either with a popcorn popper or on the church stove with a pot and a glass lid! It is worthwhile to hunt down a popcorn popper if you don’t have one, as kids love to see how corn turns from a hard kernel into a fluffy and tasty morsel. It can demonstrate how a little bit of thankfulness can spread and bubble over to the people around us!

Materials

– 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
– 3 Tbsp. canola oil
– Popcorn popper

If you don’t have a popcorn popper:
– Large pot
– Clear glass lid

Instructions

1. Turn on the stove, and put the pot on top. Or turn on the popcorn popper.

2. Pour in the oil.

3. Add two or three kernels and cover with lid.

4. Wait for kernels to pop. For added fun, the kids can submit guesses beforehand about how long it will take to pop.

5. Once they pop you can add the remaining kernels and serve to class.

Explanation

Inside each popcorn kernel is a little bit of water. When you heat the kernels, the water turns to steam and expands. After a while, the pressure from the steam builds up and the popcorn pops!

Conclusion

Gratitude is a powerful force that builds inside us. Like the water in popcorn kernels, you only need a little bit. If you keep practicing being grateful, over time it will build and build until we are just bursting with thankfulness.

You might also be interested in these other awesome Thanksgiving activities!

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In this Thanksgiving game, children will learn that even though the holidays are a busy time of year, they should always take the time out of their day to thank God for all he has given us.

Materials

• One ball per two students

Object

Children will compete in pairs to see who can complete their thankful alphabet while successfully tossing a ball to their partner.

Preparation

Game is best played in a wide and open area.

Introduction

Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season. It’s the busiest travel time of the year. We are constantly moving around, visiting family, cooking, shopping, and there is hardly any downtime. When we are so busy, we really don’t think about everything we are lucky to have. It’s not that we don’t want to, we just don’t have time and our minds are constantly focused on other things. Today we are going to see how hard it is to focus as we play a game.

Instructions

1. If possible, divide the class into pairs.

2. Give one ball to each pair and have them stand across from each other, five feet apart.

3. When you say “Go!” students will begin to toss the ball back and forth.

4. With each toss, they must say something they are thankful for BUT they must do it in alphabetical order.

5. For example, student one will say something that starts with “A” and student two will say something that starts with “B.”

6. They will keep alternating with each toss.

7. While saying something they are thankful for and tossing the ball, they will take one big step away from their teammate.

8. If the ball is dropped at any time, the pair must start over.

9. The first team to get through the entire alphabet wins.

Closing

Focusing on catching was a little tough when our brain was trying to think of special items. It was a challenge, but we were all able to get pretty far into the alphabet, if not all the way through. We should look back on this game as we continue through the holiday season. No matter how busy we get, we should always take time to stop and think about how lucky we are. There are a lot of people who don’t have what we have. God has given us and continues to give us so many wonderful gifts and we should always take the time to thank him.

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This back to school game will help children realize that starting something new is a good thing, and when they start something new, they should go at it with all they’ve got to give!

Materials

• Two pool noodles
• Four little racecars
• Scissors

Object

To have the race car that goes the farthest and be the team to collect the most points.

Preparation

Cut the pool noodles in half.

Introduction

After the long and relaxing summer we’ve all had, going back to school might seem like the worst thing to happen. But it’s actually a good thing.  We should be raring to go back to school! Raring to go like the racecars in our game!

Instructions

1. If possible, split the class into four equal groups.

2. Give the first student in each line half of a pool noodle and a racecar.

3. While holding the top of the pool noodle, have each student align the noodle with their bodies at the same time leaving some of the noodle parallel with the ground.

4. The noodle should be in a curved “L” shape.

5. When you say “Go!” students will place their racecars at the top of their noodles and let go.

6. The racecar will race down the center of the noodle and onto the floor.

7. Whoever’s racecar goes the farthest gets two points for their team. Whichever team has the most points at the end of the game wins.

Closing

The Bible says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)” The racecars in our game speed around the track or down the noodle and don’t let up until they’ve finished what they were meant to do. That’s how we should approach the start of a new school year.

It may seem hard to leave the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, but if we approach the beginning of school with the same attitude of the beginning of summer, we will thrive and succeed in all that we do.

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A relay is great to help celebrate the start of summer!  This summer Bible game will help kids blow off steam, while also providing a great look at how God will always follow through with his promises – such as summer after a long, cold, and demanding winter!

Materials

– Two sleeping bags

Object

Kids will race to see whose team can successfully get all members across the finish line and back.

Introduction

It’s summer vacation! The school year was long and hard, but it’s finally time for a break! It’s always exciting to go back to school, to see our friends, and learn some more. But once we are in the middle of winter, we get bored of the same routine every day and we just want to go outside and play. Thankfully, that time is finally here! We worked hard and now we deserve a rest. Let’s work a little more but have some fun while doing so with a Bible game!

Instructions

1. If possible, divide the group into two even teams.

2. Have the teams form two straight lines about four feet apart; kids will line up one behind the other.

3. Give each team a sleeping bag.

4. When you say “Go!” the first child in each line will go, legs first, into the sleeping bag and will lie on the ground on their bellies.

5. They will begin to inch across the floor like worms.

6. The finish line should be about 10 feet away.

7. Once they cross the finish line, they will get out of the sleeping bag, run back to their team, and hand the sleeping bag off to the next child.

8. The first team to have all kids inch across the finish line and run back to their line wins.

Closing

God has done amazing things since time began. He gave a baby to Sarah when she was almost 100 years old! He parted the Red Sea, had a giant fish swallow Jonah, and he raised his Son Jesus from the dead so we could all be with him someday. He’s been a little like us as inchworms in the relay, as he can go slowly, especially when we want something fast. We were all probably yearning for summer in February. Now, it’s finally here! Let’s enjoy the summer and remember, after a long, cold winter, that God always delivers on his promises – even when they seem to inch along slowly into our lives.

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