20 Activities to Teach Kids Gratitude

20 Activities to Teach Kids Gratitude Gratitude: It’s a tricky one.  It’s vitally important to one’s happiness, but it is very, very easy to get caught up in our daily lives and woes and forget to be grateful for what we have.  And if it is hard for adults to remember to be grateful for their blessings, then it should come as no surprise that kids often end up acting infuriatingly entitled.  So, how does one go about teaching kids about gratitude? First and foremost, they need to see their parents and the adults around them modeling an attitude of gratitude!  I need to work on that.  Secondly, we can talk to them about it, but in my experience as a former elementary school teacher I have found that kids always learn better by DOING.  They need to DO something and get messy or active or artistic or silly in order to have something really sink in.  And that, my friends, is why I have put together this roundup today of twenty ideas from around the web for teaching kids gratitude through activities and fun.

The first idea is one that we do each year for Family Home Evening (family night) the Monday prior to Thanksgiving.  We simply trace our hands, turn them into turkeys, and write down something for which we are grateful on each finger and thumb.  I save them year after year, and it’s really fun to go back and look at what we placed in our top 5 things the prior year or so.  Sadly, I put them away in a safe place, and it is SO safe that I now can’t find them anywhere.  I know they are in this house….but I have not a clue as to where.  Ah, well, c’est la vie.  Here are the turkeys that I made for my daughter and myself this morning while my son was at preschool, just so you could get a visual image of our tradition.  I shouldn’t have used neon orange paper, because it looks weird in the picture, but that is actually very irrelevant to this post…just a sidenote.
20 Activities to Teach Kids Gratitude This year we also started the gratitude turkey jar tradition, which is shown below.  I hope that you take the time to browse these ideas and to incorporate a bit of extra attitude of gratitude into your families and lives.  I will be striving to do the same!

Teaching kids gratitude is easy with this silly turkey gratitude jar idea! Perfect for Thanksgiving!Turkey Gratitude Jar from Bombshell Bling

GRHowtoteachkidsaboutgratitude Celebrate Gratitude – 5 Ideas to Teach Gratitude to Kids From Crazy Little Projects

GRtree2 Thanksgiving Handprint Tree Craft from Crafts by Amanda

AGRABCs-of-Thanksgiving-Title-Page-225x300 AGRMy-ABCs-of-Thanksgiving-F-Page-300x225 My ABC’s of Thanksgiving from This Reading Mama

GRthankful-time-capsule- Thanksgiving Time Capsule from PBS Parents

GRfamilyshare Teaching Your Children the Importance of Gratitude from Family Share

GRgive-thanks-stationGiving Thanks Station: A Family Tradition from Balancing Home

GRGratitude-pumpkinsGratitude Pumpkins from The Joys of Boys

GRTHANKFUL TREE Family Thankful Tree from Creative Juice

GGRthanksgiving-bookFamily Thanksgiving Journal from Kids Activities Blog

GRDIY-Thankful-Board2DIY Thankful Board from U Create

GGGRgratitudejar Gratitude Activity Jar from Inner Child Fun

GRcount-your-blessings-tree-mainCount Your Blessings Tree from Somewhat Simple

Teach-Kids-Gratitude16 Activities to Teach Kids Gratitude from Everyday Family

GRcountdowncardsA Thanks & Giving Countdown from Chocolate on my Cranium

GR9ways 9 Ways to Fill November with Joy of Gratitude from Power of Moms

GGRthanksgiving blog 016_thumb[2] A Runner of Thanks from Finding Home Online

GRthankful-styrofoam-turkey2Thanksgiving Styrofoam Turkey from Crafts by Amanda

garland-of-gratitude-thanksgiving-craft-photo-420-FF1104CRAFTA02 Garland of Gratitude from Family Fun

I hope that you have a ball doing some of these activities with your little ones!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah Westover McKenna
Sarah is the scattered creative mind behind Bombshell Bling. A former elementary school teacher and a current stay-at-home mom, she loves developing her creativity through her blog and her jewelry design business, Bombshell Bling Jewelry. Sarah is a lover of all things vintage, colorful, and BLING. She is also a sweets addict with a major obsession with s'mores.
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