Bible Theme: Being Thankful, Attitude of
Gratitude and Fellowship
Children learn what it means to be thankful, and how to
have a grateful attitude for their own life story. The
focus of this lesson is on the important truth that ALL
good things come from God.
Preschool Theme: Thanksgiving, Fall Leaves
Children will explore the seasonal changes around
them, and learn about the letter L.
Printable Lesson Plan
A printable version of our I am
Thankful Preschool Lesson. Required
printables are underlined.
-Morning Circle Time
-Letter of the Week
-Music & Movement
-Center Time Activities
Music & Movement:
Leaf Rhyme: (Play a relaxing
tune in the background while
you act out this rhyme with
Prepare a letter bag for this morning's circle time. Include several "L" objects, including a
toy lizard, a lemon, a scrap of lace, and perhaps a toy ladybug or a picture of one. Fill the
bottom of the bag with colorful autumn leaves but do not reveal them yet. Take the objects,
one by one except for the leaves, from the bag and have the children guess the name of each
one, and then ask them to identify and repeat the beginning sound of each. Show the
children the letter "L" and repeat its sound together. Now take the letter bag and pour out
some autumn leaves of varying colors. Ask the children to tell you what they are, then
identify "leaves" as another "L" word. Take a few moments to talk with the children about
the colorful Autumn leaves they have been experiencing lately, and pass around the leaves
you brought in and let the children feel their waxy and rough texture, smell them, and
compare and contrast the differences and similarities among them.
Provide an active "Thanksgiving kitchen" for your
children. Pretend to be preparing for a feast. Let the
children set a nice holiday table, complete with
Thanksgiving tablecloths, centerpieces of pumpkins
and gourds, and a paper turkey. Tell them they need
to cook all the delicious dishes they can, and
provide them with all the pots and pans, dishes and
play food they will need for a perfect pretend
Leaf Rubbings & Sorting
Further develop the children's understanding of
symmetry by letting them make leaf rubbings.
Provide a selection of symmetrical and asymmetrical
leaves. Let the children use plain white copy paper
and the wide end of crayons to create an impression
of the leaves they choose. Help the children sort
their rubbings. Are they symmetrical or
asymmetrical? Have the children sort the leaves they
chose by color, shape, symmetry, etc.
Thanks for Thanksgiving
Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the
question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy
cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most
important is being able to share them with family!
Julie Markes reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that
make each day enjoyable, while Doris Barrette's beautiful and striking
illustrations bring her thoughtful words to life.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.
With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every
spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and
evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life
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Read: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Enjoy this adventure of blowing leaves, and imagine with the children
the places those drifting leaves might wander. Use this opportunity to
review some of the geographical concepts we have been studying this
month. Use the directions of north, south, east, and west used in the
story with a map of your town, state, or country, or even a globe, to
show where the leaves in the story may have been blown.
Leafy greens! Show the children a variety of leaves that we actually eat. You might show
them cabbage, spinach, curly endive, rocket (arugula), celery leaves, bok choy, mint, basil,
oregano, thyme, clover, romaine lettuce, etc. Take a moment to explore these various leaves,
without tasting them! How do they smell, feel, look? Let your little ones have a garden salad
for lunch, reflecting on how good God is to provide us with such a bounty from the earth!
(Please be aware of any allergies your children may have! Be sure to tell the children never to
eat anything they find in the wild; some leafy greens are poisonous!)
Alternately, if your plan on celebrating Thanksgiving with your preschoolers, incorporate
garden foods into your Thanksgiving feast, focusing on what leaves the vegetables on your
table may have had before they were prepared.
Prepare a table that shows symmetrical and
asymmetrical leaves. Provide teacher guidance to
explain the concepts of symmetry to the children.
Provide colorful templates of half a leaf shape for the
children to cut out. Show them how to fold the paper
along the line of symmetry, cut out the shape, then
unfold the paper to reveal a whole leaf shape that is
the same on both sides. Discuss the children's
findings. Make lots of symmetrical leaves and hang
them from the ceiling!
Blessings" from the
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More Sunday School
Read: Thanks for Thanksgiving
Share this warm story with the children, taking the time to talk with them
about the things they are thankful for that are relevant to their
experience. (For example, not all children have both a mother and a
father, or both grandparents, so be sure to focus on the things that they
can relate to.) Ask the children how their families celebrate Thanksgiving.
Talk about some of the common customs, and then relate briefly how the
first Thanksgiving came about. Emphasize that this is a time to be
thankful to God for all the blessings He has given us, and that all good
things (including all the nice things from the story) come from God.
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Provide large piles of leaves of all sorts,
from colorful maple leaves to vegetable
leaves to pine needle and acorns. Give
each child a large piece of construction
paper and some glue sticks and help
them create their own leaf creatures,
based upon their inspiration from
L is for Lamb
This is a Bible Coloring Page of
a lamb with handwriting practice.
Count Your Blessings Journal
"Count Your Blessings" number journal. Make a little "book" out of blank
paper. Use colored paper and fold the pages in half. Staple or tape the area
where the papers are folded to create a "binding." Help the children to
write a number on each page, from 1 to 10, or 1 to 5, depending on the
ages of your children. Then, let the children decide what things they are
thankful for, and let them either draw or paste magazine cut-outs on their
pages. For example, if, on the "3" page, the child is thankful for friends,
draw or find 3 "friend" images to put onto the number "3" page. Fill the
book up with blessings, and then decorate the cover.
Autumn Leaves Coloring & Trace
This is an extra worksheet you can have on hand
to keep your kiddos busy learning all about leaves.
Encourage children to color each leaf for one of