This collection of simple gratitude activities for kids can be done any time of the year. During the holidays is typically when most people start thinking about thankfulness and gratitude. However, remembering to take time throughout the whole year to cultivate gratitude in the home is important. Below you will find lessons in gratitude, thankful activities, gratitude games, and gratitude crafts to help encourage and teach children about the concept of gratitude.
Gratitude brings abundance. When we are thankful for what we have we are given more of what we are grateful for. Simple… but true.
When we teach and model gratitude to our children it can help them find greater happiness in life.
You will find that many of these gratitude activities were created around Thanksgiving and the holidays, but each one is not specific to the holidays. You will not find any Thanksgiving Turkey’s here.
If you looking for gratitude activities to do on and around Thanksgiving, check out Thanksgiving gratitude activities and crafts for lots of fun ideas!
The Best Gratitude Activities for Children
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Gratitude Activities for Kids: Thankful Lessons
Use these simple lessons in gratitude to teach kids about thankfulness and gratitude.
- 11 Ways to Raise a Grateful Child from BonBon Break
- How to Teach Gratitude to Children so They’re Thankful for What They Have from Sleeping Should Be Easy
- 5 Ways to Teach Gratitude to Children from Simple Acres
- Gratitude Worksheet for Kids from Sight and Sound Reading
Related: Encouraging Kindness Towards Nature
Year-Round Gratitude Activities for Kids: Thankful Activities
- Try these 5 Simple Steps to Help Your Child Start a Gratitude Journal by Growing Book by Book for Lasso the Moon*.
- Print out some of these free gratitude free gratitude pie charts from Simple Inspiration* and write down of everything you have to be grateful for.
- Make one of the gratitude journals found in “Thankful Crafts” below, or download and print this free gratitude journal for kids from Money Saving Mom.
- Write thank you notes to share gratitude with people your children love using these free printable kids *coloring notes from A Girl and a Glue Gun.
- Create a simple gratitude wall like this one from What Do We Do All Day. Feel free to make it your own and embellish it in any way you wish.
- Print out this free *thankful dry erase board from Bren Did and hang it in a prominent place in the home. We have ours hanging in the dining room where we each share what we are grateful for at dinner each night.
More Thankful Activities for Kids
- Have a gratitude photo scavenger hunt with your family from Let’s Get Together.
- Start a movement like the gratitude graffiti project, a daily practice of purposeful appreciation of one’s life through art. “Through art, people can contemplate, create and rejuvenate and awaken a whole new perspective on how to look at how great life can be.”
- Play a gratitude game with the kids to remind them of the many things that they have to be grateful for. You will love this homemade version of Pick-up Sticks with a gratitude twist by Teach Beside Me.
- Encourage the kids to be kind to nature and express their gratitude for the great outdoors by going on a thankful nature walk.
- Pass out some smile it forward kindness cards from Kids Activities Blog.*
Year-Round Gratitude Crafts for Kids: Thankful Crafts
- Make your own personalized gratitude journals from The Chaos and the Clutter.
- Make some gratitude stones like these from Fireflies and Mudpies.*
- Help your kids make a gratitude board like the gratitude vision board for kids found on Make a Vision Board. Be sure to make one for yourself while you’re at it!*
- Use a thankfulness jar like the one made by The Realistic Mama. Decorate it and make it pretty if that suits your style.*
- Make a thank you bank like the one found on Tips from a Typical Mom to put on the wall and fill with everything you are grateful for. Then on Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can read the thankful notes from your gratitude jar.
- Make a kindness cootie catcher (or fortune teller) for the kids like the one found on Coffee Cups and Crayons.
- Create a gratitude mobile like the simple one found on Parents.com and hang it somewhere that everyone sees it daily.*
- Make some thankful wind spinners like these from Make and Takes.
- Help your children make a thankful book inspired by this one from Mama’s Happy Hive.
- Make a sticky note door hanger so your kids can write something they are thankful for on the sticky notes that are attached each day from Parents Magazine.
Gratitude Games and Activities for Kids: Thankful Books
For a wonderful list of books that help nurture gratitude in the home year round check out Gratitude Books for Kids That Inspire Thankfulness.
Nurturing gratitude in the home using these simple activities and crafts is something the whole family will enjoy.
If you looking for gratitude activities to do on and around Thanksgiving, check out this awesome collection of Thanksgiving gratitude activities and crafts.
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