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Teaching Thankfulness To Kids

The Game Of Gratitude
The Game Of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is here and what better of an opportunity for teaching kids thankfulness than now!? Today I’m going to share with you some fun gratitude teaching activities along with a fun printable game I created to get the kids going for some Thanksgiving fun.

Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year that one should be thankful. I strive to lead by example by always expressing my thanks out loud daily, whether that be simply thanking God for waking me up this morning, or acknowledging the little kind things my kids do for me and each other.

I wanted the kids to really tap into all that they are thankful for this year so I began looking for fun activities to encouraged this. In my search I came across a fun game by Teach Beside Me that I thought was really neat. So much so that I created my own version of the game with two additional sets of questions.

To go along with the original questions, I created Christian themed questions that encourage the kids to seek and be thankful for all that God has done in their lives. Further more, sibling themed questions that help them recognize all the ways and reasons they as siblings love each other and show their love and gratitude for one another.

How Do You Play?

It’s simple! For starters, grab any bunch of colorful sticks you can get your hands on. I got this $.97 pack of colorful crafts sticks at Walmart that do just fine.

Walmart craft sticks

As a group, form a circle or whatever you fancy. Each player takes turns blindly choosing a stick. What ever color you pick you must answer the question of the corresponding color on the board. Continue to take turns going around the circle and the first person to collect all six colors wins the round.
Talking about all that we are thankful for

The kids had so much fun answering these questions. They actually turned out to be some great thought provoking and conversational ones! Not only were they really reflecting on their own blessings, they were starting to open their hearts and minds a little wider by asking more in depth questions and sharing their thoughts with each other.

Playing The Game Of Gratitude

Surely this game didn’t go by without our fair share of giggles as we expressed even the silly stuff we’re thankful for. It’s truly a great game to play with the kids. That’s why I’m sharing with you a complete instant download of all three boards as well as instructions! Just click the link above or the image below, enter your email address and your printables will instantly load ready for printing.

The Game Of Gratitude

Looking for some other super simple and family friendly activities that will help teach your little ones thankfulness? As promised, here is a short list of some really cute and fun ideas to keep your little loves busy giving thanks this Thanksgiving.

Bonus Thanksgiving Activities That Teach Thankfulness

Printable Thanksgiving Placemats

Jen from Mama.Papa.Bubba created these adorable printable placemats. They are perfect for keeping the little ones busy awaiting the feast! Kids can fill in what they are thankful for and then color away. This ads something to share during dinner time conversation.

Gratitude Jar

How cute is this gratitude jar? All you need is an empty jar and some materials for decoration. As explained on the Doodle Bug Designs Blog, The objective of the jar is to fill it to the point of overflow with everything you are thankful for. The whole family can write their thanks down on little strips of paper. You can then choose to add one everyday or fill it up at once and either share on Thanksgiving Day or save for next year.

Gratitude Garland

This great idea comes from Moss Wood Connections. While explaining all about gratitude and talking about the things, people and anything else they are grateful for, have the kids write these things on little squares of colored paper. Punch holes, string them and hang in the house. Have you kids create garlands for each other or a friend full of reasons why they are thankful for that person.

Thankful Turkey Box

This has got to be one of the most adorable twists to the gratitude jar and is my new favorite gratitude activity thanks to I Heart Crafty Things. Kids will love building the family turkey and “feeding” it with the slips of paper that holds what they are thankful for. On Thanksgiving day, empty out your turkey and share with the family.

That’s it for today! I’d love to hear what you are thankful for this year down in the comments. I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!


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