Do your kids whine, grumble, or complain about meals? Here is a great Family Time Training Activity from Kirk Weaver. This blog is meant to be shared with your kids! Enjoy!
Read this aloud: November is the month when we celebrate “Thanksgiving!” Thanksgiving is a special day that we set aside to thank God for giving us life and everything life brings. God is the source of all food. It is important that we thank God and show appreciation for the food He gives us. The story about Moses and the Israelites in Numbers 11:4-10, is an example of a time when God’s children did not give thanks for food. The Pilgrims and the Indians, on the other hand, are excellent examples of showing thanks to God for their food. Both stories are true but the attitudes are very different.
God told Moses to lead His people, the Israelites, out of Egypt. After God sent seven plagues, Pharaoh let Moses and the Israelites leave. After God saved the Israelites from the plagues, the Pharaoh and the Red Sea, the Israelites had to walk through a desert wilderness. They started complaining to God that they were going to die for lack of food. God provided a special food called manna every day so that the Israelites would not go hungry. But then the Israelites started to complain about the manna because they wanted different types of food. God was very angry that they complained and did not show appreciation for the manna.
The second story is about a group of Christians called Pilgrims. They crossed the ocean in small ships through dangerous storms to come to America. One of the reasons the Pilgrims came to America was for religious freedom. They loved God and wanted to worship God. In those days, life in America was hard. It was difficult to build homes. It was hard work growing food. If there was not enough food, then the Pilgrims could starve, which means dying from lack of food. Miles Standish and William Bradford were two of the Pilgrim leaders. They were friends with the Indians. Two of the Indian leaders were Samoset and Squanto. The Indians taught the Pilgrims how to fish and farm. The Pilgrims learned to put a fish in the ground with corn so that the corn would grow tall. They learned how to grow pumpkins. The first winter in America, 40 Pilgrims died because of disease. But, because of the Indians’ help, the Pilgrims planted crops in the spring, which resulted in a bountiful fall harvest. William Bradford called for a special feast to include both the Pilgrims and the Indians, which started the custom of Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims were grateful to God for their food.
What are some ways we demonstrate a lack of gratefulness for God’s provision of food?
What are different ways we can show God appreciation for our food?
Younger kids: Create a family flag out of paper. Color favorite foods and the cross of Jesus on the flag. Tape the flag to a stick and attach it to the back of a laundry basket. Designate one part of the house as England and another part as America. The area in between is the Atlantic Ocean. Parents push the kids across the ocean in the laundry baskets. Rock the baskets to simulate storms during the journey across the ocean.
Family Activity: Go to the store and buy Thanksgiving type food (canned corn, canned cranberries, canned pumpkin, canned turkey or turkey soup, and corn bread mix) and take it to a local food bank. This food will be used to help feed families that do not have enough food. God can use us to provide food for others.
Memorize: God shows us love and care, by giving us food to eat and share.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What are some ways you encourage a thankful heart in your family?
By Kirk Weaver
Husband to Trudi, father of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting team member, Founder of Family Time Training