I love this month. I love thinking about all of the blessings in my life from the big things like family and friends right down to the little things like snuggling up with a good book and chocolate. I recognize that I am very blessed in my life and I want my kids to recognize that they are too. It can be hard to think of how to teach gratitude to kids, but now is the perfect time to do it. I’ve got 5 quick and easy ideas for you to Celebrate Gratitude in your family!
These are quick and simple, but maybe they’re something you’d love to try!
5 Ideas for How to Teach Kids Gratitude:
#1. Make a Gratitude Tree:
I love how this turned out! And it wasn’t hard. Here’s how:
- Twigs (I just cut some branches off a bush outside)
- Mason Jar
- DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Gold Paint
- DecoArt Paint Adhesion Medium
- Hot Glue
- Small amount of clay
- Free Printable Leaves (or Make your Own)
First I started by painting my glass jar. I painted it with the Paint Adhesion Medium so that the gold paint would stick. After that dried I added about 3 coats of the gold paint. LOVE how this looks!! (Oh, and I tied a bow around it.)
Gather your twigs and size them to the size you want. I tied mine together at the bottom:
Then I put some clay down in the jar (and I hot glued it in place just a little) and stuck the branches down into it:
Then print some leaves either from the template I gave you above or create your own and have your kids write things they are thankful for on them and hang them from the tree. You can have them do 1 leave each day all month or do a whole bunch all at once. Either way it’s great and it makes a fun decoration!
#2-Write Thank You Notes:
I’ve got a Free Printable Thanksgiving Thank You Card Template for you with a cute turkey. See who they can think to thank and let them write notes. (Two of my boys wrote notes to me….awwww!)
#3: Start a Family Gratitude Journal:
You’ve heard of a gratitude journal right? You write something you are grateful for each day. In our family we like to write things we are grateful for each night during the month as we sit together at family dinner. We record it in our journal and then we can also go back and see past year’s entries as well. It’s fun to hear what everyone says!
#4-Free Printable Thanksgiving Quote:
I love this quote from one of my church leaders and wanted to frame it. I did that and then talked to my kids about what it means. Now we have it in our home as a reminder.
#5: Make a Thankful Turkey:
Similar to the Gratitude Tree, cut out a turkey body, give him a face and then add feathers describing what you are thankful for. Add a feather each day throughout the month and watch his tail grow. This one is great for little kids!
I hope that everyone is able to really enjoy recognizing the blessings in this life and I hope this has helped give you some ideas of how to teach gratitude to your kids!