These gratitude activities are excellent for families to celebrate all that they have and to be thankful and grateful. Free printable included.
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. We do a month of gratitude activities every Fall, and it’s wonderful family bonding and great for helping our children appreciate what they have.
Throughout the month, we will do an act of gratitude a day. Then in December, for the Christmas season, we make an advent calendar with acts of kindness. My kids talk about this 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.
This isn’t the easiest way to follow along, so I’ve created a printable for you that you and your family can check off as you go.
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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.
Enjoy celebrating a month of gratitude!
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