Holy moly. Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is near, and Christmas is right around the corner. It’s been a whirlwind of a month over here with what seems like a thousand Halloween celebrations and a pretty major trip to Disney World. We are incredibly blessed to be able to travel as a family and provide for our children, they don’t go without very often. I have had this idea of a month of gratitude in the back of my mind for a while now, but with all of the ‘stuff’ my children have received or experienced over the last couple of weeks the idea has been solidified…chiseled in stone. I want to give my kids the world, but I also want to help them appreciate what they have, and the people in their lives. Throughout the month, we will do an act of gratitude a day. Last year for the Christmas season, we made an advent calendar with acts of kindness. Mack still talks about that often, asking if we can do ‘actus kindess’ again. I have a list of activities and prompts that we will follow each day to complete a task. My son loves surprises and unveiling toys right now, so to make this exciting for him, I am creating a gratitude board that he gets to open each day.
As you can see, my board is incredibly basic. I raided the recycling bin and found two pieces of cardboard that I could match up together. Using a box cutter and a sharpie, I numbered squares and cut little flaps (much like a lift the flap book) and wrote our gratitude activity on the piece underneath. With a little glue in between the two pieces, we had a simple DIY gratitude board.
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So here they are, our 30 days of gratitude for kids!
1. Make a gratitude jar.
2. Create a thankful turkey wreath.
3. Go on a gratitude walk.
4. Make a gratitude sensory bin.
5. Write letters of thanks to community workers.
6. Read books about being thankful.
7. Make a gratitude photo album with disposable cameras.
8. Do some charity work.
9. Donate toys to a family in need.
10. Sponsor a child from another country.
11. Draw a thank you picture for teachers.
12. Bake cookies for firefighters.
13. The Giving Tree activity.
14. Tell someone thank you.
15. Collect your treasures in a basket and talk about why they are important to you.
16. Look through family photo albums.
17. Say a prayer for someone.
18. Read books about other cultures.
19. Make gratitude stones to keep at the dinner table.
20. Make a collage of what you are thankful for.
21. Make a gratitude reinforcement jar, add a marble to the jar when someone in the family shows gratitude.
22. Make a family tree and write one nice thing about each person.
23. Make erupting hearts, a visualization of overwhelming love.
24. Create potato stamp hearts for a gratitude garland.
25. Look through a toy booklet, add up the prices, and talk about the value of money.
26. Donate warm clothing to those in need.
27. Make a gratitude affirmation dice.
28. Write thank you letters to soldiers.
29. Build a graham cracker house. Discuss being thankful for a home.
30. Bake cupcakes for the dogs.
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Do you have anything you would add to our list? How are you teaching gratitude?