Teaching kids gratitude is so important in today’s world. Here are 20 fun and creative ways to teach kids gratitude during the Thanksgiving season.
Teaching kids 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.
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!
My favorite idea for teaching kids gratitude is making Gratitude Hand Turkeys.
This is a family tradition that dates back to my childhood, and which also serves as a family journal and time capsule of sorts. Come see the details and read the sweet (warning: tear-jerking!) story behind the tradition HERE.
Gratitude Hand Turkeys from Bombshell Bling
Turkey Gratitude Jar from Bombshell Bling
Celebrate Gratitude – 5 Ideas to Teach Gratitude to Kids From Crazy Little Projects
Thanksgiving Handprint Tree Craft from Crafts by Amanda
My ABC’s of Thanksgiving from This Reading Mama
Thanksgiving Time Capsule from PBS Parents
Teaching Your Children the Importance of Gratitude from Family Share
Giving Thanks Station: A Family Tradition from Balancing Home
Gratitude Pumpkins from The Joys of Boys
Family Thankful Tree from Creative Juice
Family Thanksgiving Journal from Kids Activities Blog
DIY Thankful Board from U Create
Gratitude Activity Jar from Inner Child Fun
Count Your Blessings Tree from Somewhat Simple
6 Activities to Teach Kids Gratitude from Everyday Family
A Thanks & Giving Countdown from Chocolate on my Cranium
9 Ways to Fill November with Joy of Gratitude from Power of Moms
A Runner of Thanks from Finding Home Online
Thanksgiving Styrofoam Turkey from Crafts by Amanda
Garland of Gratitude from Family Fun
I hope that you enjoy teaching kids gratitude and your kids have a ball doing some of these activities! Happy Thanksgiving!
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