Teaching kids gratitude in today’s fast-paced world is an important lesson for them to learn. When people express gratitude towards others, it makes the receiver feel important and in turn, makes them feel good about themselves. There are many simple, yet thoughtful ways to show appreciation for the things that others do for them. Handwritten letters are a great way to let someone know that they are appreciated. The printable Thanksgiving gratitude letters we share in this post are a fun way to encourage kids to think about the things they take for granted or maybe forgot to says thanks for.
Encouraging a habit of thankfulness and appreciation will help build their confidence. It also helps them learn to value people in their lives. Instead of entitlement, they will learn to be grateful for what they already have and will appreciate the things they receive even more.
Grab some pencils or markers, print the gratitude letter templates, and have the kids think of someone to write to. Encourage kids to put some thought into their thankful letters. Maybe they can think of something that they may not have appreciated or took for granted at one time. It could be something someone does for them everyday or every once in awhile.
Do they have more people they could write a thank you letter to? Encourage them to write as many as they’d like. Then, they could be delivered in person or sent in the mail. Most people love getting fun things in the mail and this provides a great opportunity to send something that will make the receiver smile.
For more on this subject, check out this article from Parents magazine: The Art of Appreciation: Teaching Kids to be Grateful
Printable Thanksgiving Gratitude Letters
Print the version for younger kids here → Thanksgiving Letter Template
Print the version for upper elementary aged kids here → Gratitude Letter Template