Thankful Pick-Up Sticks

Age-Group: Any
Number of Players: Any

Give each group of 2-4 kids a set of colorful pick-up sticks. Assign each color of stick a different thing to be thankful for, such as red=people; blue=places; green=food; orange=things; yellow=something God has done; purple=anything. Play pick-up sticks, by taking turns trying to pick up a single stick without dislodging or moving any other sticks. Each time a player gets a stick of a certain color, they have to name something they are thankful for from that category.

Concentration 64 – Thankful Edition

Age-Group: K+
Number of Players: Any

Have players sit or stand in a circle holding their hands at waist level with their left palm facing up and their right palm facing the floor. Palms that are facing up should hover directly below their neighbor’s hand that is facing the floor. Players will clap their hands together with their neighbors twice, flipping their palms on the second clap. Then each player will clap their own hands together three times. The leader begins by saying the following rhyme and choosing a category. After they have chosen a category, the player to their right says something from the category. Words or phrases cannot be repeated and need to be said on the beat. If a child repeats or hesitates, just start over again. If you have mostly younger kids, you may want to just keep going.

Concentration (clap, clap, clap)
Sixty-four (clap, clap, clap)
No repeats (clap, clap, clap)
Or hesitations (clap, clap, clap)
I’ll go first (clap, clap, clap)
You’ll go second (clap, clap, clap)
Category is: (clap, clap, clap)
<Choose a category, i.e. “I’m Thankful For”> (clap, clap, clap)
<Player 1’s word, i.e. “Parents” > (clap, clap, clap)
<Player 2’s word, i.e. “Pumpkin Pie”> (clap, clap, clap)

Thankful Scavenger Hunt

Age-Group: Any
Number of Players: Any

Give kids a list of things to find or think of. To complete each line, have them write it down, draw a picture, or take a photo. They should check off each one as they go so that they know which ones they have completed. Consider passing out the list at club and having them work on completing it throughout the week.

  • Something that makes a beautiful sound.
  • Something outside that you enjoy.
  • Something in your favorite color.
  • Something that makes you feel safe/comforted.
  • Something you enjoy learning about.
  • Your teacher.
  • Your club leader(s).
  • A family member.
  • A place you enjoy being.
  • Something you use everyday.
  • Something that reminds you of people you love.
  • Something that makes you laugh.
  • Something you enjoy doing inside.
  • Food you enjoy eating.
  • A friend you appreciate.