One way to help kids remember to be thankful is to have them write down those things. Using a “thanks fan,” kids can write something on every accordion pleat. Then…they can use it to stir up the mighty winds of the Holy Spirit in prayer!
Thanksgiving Craft: Thankful Fans
– Orange ribbon
– Full size sheet of construction paper in any fall color
– Green, brown, or orange markers ““ if not available use any other color marker, but not black
– Glue (or stapler)
– Lay a sheet of paper down horizontally (landscape oriented) and draw a light line down the middle.
– Fold the paper into accordion pleats, starting at the bottom, creating long pleats (as opposed to shorter pleats).
What I’m holding up is an accordion pleated piece of paper. We can fan ourselves with it. It takes the heat off of us. In a sense, this piece of paper is a little like the Holy Spirit, which cools our spirits when we are spiritually “hot and bothered.” We are going to write our blessings inside each accordion pleat and then remember to say thanks for them when we stir up the “mighty winds” of prayer.
– Write something you are thankful for on every other pleat. These can be serious things like being thankful for home or family, and playful things like: “I have upgraded my cell,” or “My kitten jumped for the catnip and made me laugh.”
– Tie the ribbon in the center of the pleated napkin.
– Pull the top pleats up, gluing (or stapling) them together, so it looks like a fan.
Now we’re going to fan ourselves slowly and pray at the same time, remembering those things we just wrote down. Acts 2:2 describes the winds of Pentecost that came over the disciples like this: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a mighty wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Let’s feel the winds of the Holy Spirit take our prayers of thanksgiving straight up to heaven, where God can enjoy them!
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