Year Round Gratitude Activities for Kids
Gratitude brings abundance. When we are thankful for what we have we are given more of what we are grateful for. Simple… but true.
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. When we teach and model gratitude to our children it can help them find greater happiness in life.
Below you will find lessons, activities, and crafts that you can do to encourage and teach gratitude. 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!
Year Round Gratitude Activities for Kids
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Year Round Gratitude Activities for Kids: Thankful Lessons
1. 11 Ways to Raise a Grateful Child from BonBon Break
2. How to Teach Gratitude to Children so They’re Thankful for What They Have from Sleeping Should Be Easy
3. 5 Ways to Teach Gratitude to Children from Simple Acres
4. Gratitude Worksheet for Kids from Sight and Sound Reading
Year Round Gratitude Activities for Kids: Thankful Activities
1. Try these *5 Simple Steps to Help Your Child Start a Gratitude Journal by Growing Book by Book for Lasso the Moon.
2. Use some of these gratitude prompts and ideas to get the ball rolling in your journal from Good Things Realized.
4. Make one of the gratitude journals found in “Thankful Crafts” below, or print out this free one from Money Saving Mom.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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8. Give thanks as a family at dinner each night with these simple tips from The Pleasantest Thing.
9. Have a gratitude photo scavenger hunt with your family from Let’s Get Together.
10. Start a movement like the gratitude grafitti 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.”
12. Play the Gratitude Game to remind the kids of the many blessings they have. A homemade version of Pick-up Sticks, with a gratitude twist by Teach Beside Me.
13. Pass out some *smile it Forward Kindness Cards from Kids Activities Blog.
Year Round Gratitude Activities for Kids: Thankful Crafts
1. Make your own personalized gratitude journals from The Chaos and the Clutter.
3. Help your kids make a *gratitude board like these from Make a Vision Board. Be sure to make one for yourself while you’re at it.
4. Make a wheel of thankfulness something like this one from Sand in my Toes.
5. Use a *thankfulness jar like this one from The Realistic Mama. Decorate it and make it pretty if that suits your style.
6. Make a thank you bank like this to put on the wall and fill with everything you are grateful for. Then on Thanksgiving, you can read all the thanks from throughout the year.
7. Make some of these kindness cootie catchers (or fortune tellers) for the kids to play with their friends from Coffee Cups and Crayons.
8. Create a *gratitude mobile like this one from Parents and hang it somewhere that everyone sees it daily.
9. Make some *thankful wind spinners like these from Make and Takes.
10. Help your children make a thankful book inspired by this one from Mama’s Happy Hive
11. *Make a wall of blessings like this in order to display everything you have to be grateful for from day to day.
12. Help your children make their own gratitude jar sensory bottles with help from Tiny Tots Adventures.
13. 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.
Year Round Gratitude 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 these Thanksgiving gratitude activities and crafts.
Don’t wait… share your gratitude today!
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