As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, it’s a great opportunity to encourage gratitude in children with different crafts and activities. Teaching kids to show kindness and generosity, as well as showing them the joy in giving to others and not only the joy of receiving, helps them to grow into caring adults. In this post, we are sharing thankful activities for children of all ages. Many of them are great as collaborative projects for classroom as well as gratitude activities for whole family.
Ways To Encourage Gratitude And Thankfulness With Children
Writing gratitude letters is one of the ways to encourage kids to sit down and take time thinking about all the little and big things in their lives they are thankful for. Encourage them to write as many letters as they want to friends and family members using our printable Thanksgiving letters.
An easy activity that’s fun for teaching preschoolers about being grateful is this I’m Thankful For…. paper turkey craft. You can use the thankful turkey hands idea both in the classroom as a collaborative bulletin board project or at home for all family members to share the things they are thankful for.
Another lovely idea for both classroom or home is creating a Tree of Thanks. This is a great way to let kids show their appreciation for the people and things in their lives. After they write all the things they are thankful for, it can be displayed in the home as decoration.
For kids who already know how to write, print out this I’m Thankful For (A-Z) worksheet and encourage them to go through each letter and really spend some time thinking about all things they appreciate in their everyday life.
For little ones, there are simpler gratitude activities to try, maybe after reading their favorite Thanksgiving themed story. We love this cute Thankful Turkey craft – it’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!
Bring family together to create thankful bunting to display over the fireplace! Children will enjoy spending time with family members as they discuss meaning of Thanksgiving. Crafting together fosters family spirit and sense of contentment.
This interactive pumpkin pie craft is super fun and perfect for kids of all ages. It’s a bit different as it steps away from standard Thanksgiving themes like turkeys, but we hope your kids will enjoy it!
Encourage kids to be grateful all year long!
Showing thanks and expressing gratitude is something kids can do all year long! Encourage them to print out and color their own thank you cards to give to their friends and family members.
Do your kids journal? You can use these gratitude journal prompts for writing ideas or as conversation starters over dinner.
One of the best ways to teach kids about being thankful is to show gratitude ourselves as parents. This is why we love this gratitude wall where all family members add their own thoughts about things they appreciate!
In today’s world, it’s easy for kids to become self-indulgent and entitled. It begins with us as parents and educators, to show them by example and teach them to be grateful and appreciative. Engaging kids with gratitude crafts and activities is something they can easily understand and will help them learn all about the benefits of growing up to be kind, generous, and thoughtful.
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