6 Activities to Teach Little Ones Gratitude

6 Activities to Teach Kids Gratitude

Between Halloween and Christmas it can be easy for kids to develop a bad case of the “gimmies”. Thanksgiving comes in between to help us break that cycle before it gets out of hand.

Thankfulness doesn't have to be a complicated topic. Just the little reminders to kids that things they enjoy, and people they love, should be appreciated helps them learn to not take things for granted.

I love to teach my kids in hands on ways, so here are some really fun activities you can do to help cultivate and attitude of gratitude and thankfulness in your children – even your younger children. 

Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journals

I love journaling, especially art journaling. Even a preschool child can use a sketch book (thicker paper is best) for drawing, coloring and painting things that he is thankful for. You could make it a daily habit during the Thanksgiving holiday break.  

Chalkboard Feather Gratitude Turkey

 This Chalkboard Feather Gratitude Turkey is a great idea from Crafts ‘n' Coffee.  It uses soft yarn and chalkboard paint feather shapes to create the turkey. And kids can share the things they are grateful for by writing them into the feathers. 

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Paper Thankfulness Turkey

This thankfulness turkey craft uses simple paper supplies you probably have around the house already. Super quick and simple and totally adorable. Put each child's name on the turkey body part and use them as a table setting for meals.  See how Julie put this together at Just Precious/Julieverse

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Thankful tree with gratitude leaves

 If you have lots of kids or want an activity that can cover a wall or mirror or window, try making a thankful tree. Coffee Cups and Crayons blog shares how she made the tree trunks and branches. Then the whole family used as many leaves as they each wanted to write the things they are grateful for. So fun!

Thanksgiving Gratitude Table Settings

 In my family growing up we always had dried corn at the Thanksgiving table. Each of us would say something we were thankful for and put a piece of dried corn into the centerpiece bucket. We would always take turns around the table several times so I have fond memories of that tradition. This centerpiece and table place setting craft is simple enough for children to help with and can incorporate that Thanksgiving tradition of gratefulness as well. Everyone can write what they are thankful for right in their place holder! So smart! See how it's done at Untrained Housewife

Thanksgiving photo napkin rings

These place settings are such a great way of reminding us to be grateful for the people in our lives. Even those these are simple, made of paper, and holding paper napkins instead of fancy cloth, the sentiment is clear. See how Tara made them at Feels Like Home.

Thankfulness doesn't have to be a complicated topic. Just the little reminders to kids that things they enjoy, and people they love, should be appreciated helps them learn to not take things for granted.  

 

 

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6 Activities to Teach Little Ones Gratitude

Angela England is a renaissance woman who doesn't let five children stop her from many pursuits, interests and tasks. Angela is a freelance writer, professional blogger, speaker, labor doula, massage therapist and can usually be found with a coffee nearby. Angela recently published her first book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (more or less) and has since published her first Untrained Housewife Guide - Getting Prepared. ... More

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2 comments

  1. EbyMom says:

    I just love the idea in this blog.

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