I love chatting with my kids about the things they are thankful for. I think practicing gratitude is important and a great way to build an appreciation for all the things we have.
Over the years I’ve encouraged gratitude practice with my girls in a few different ways!
Today I’m sharing some gratitude activities that we LOVE and hope you’ll find one to try with your little too!
Many times when we ask the question “what are you thankful for?” our littles simply share the first thing that comes to mind or what they can see. This is totally normal and you should definitely still have thankful conversations, but if you’re looking for a way to encourage different responses this FREE Gratitude Prompts talking sheet is helpful to get our littles thinking about all the various things we can be grateful for.
This year we have this sheet up on our chalkboard and will pick a prompt to chat about each day. My girls use a daily calendar binder that includes an “I’m thankful for…” sheet so I will tie these together for our morning work throughout November.
Simple Gratitude Journal
Another way to encourage conversations about gratitude is to create a simple thankful journal. Last year I simply glued this FREE COVER on a Target Blank book then encouraged my girls to draw various things they were thankful for over the month.
This would also pair perfectly with the thankful prompts above!
Have you seen this thankful turkey idea shared by the amazing Susie from Busy Toddler? I have been seeing it all over IG and with good reason because it is SO CUTE and SIMPLE! You can head to her website to read all about it HERE! In short, create a paper turkey and hang it on the wall using painter’s tape. Each day invite your child to tell you something they are thankful for and write it on a feather. Add these feathers to your turkey and TADAA THANKFUL TURKEY!
Looking for another simple “I am thankful” idea?
Check out this thankful PUMPKIN idea from Building Our Story!! My sister is doing this activity with her daughter this year and it is so easy to prep! Just grab a pumpkin and a Sharpie! Each day write what your child is thankful for around the pumpkin.
I love this I am thankful mini reader and follow up sheet I created! Print the 1-page I am thankful sheet for your littles and have them color what they are thankful for. If they are ready, use the included emergent reader to read, trace, then draw what they are thankful for according to the prompts.
Kids Gratitude Journal from Amazon
I found this kids’ gratitude journal on amazon and it is super cute! It is definitely geared for kiddos who are writing, BUT you totally could do it alongside your child by chatting then writing for them.
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Which idea is your favorite? Do you practice daily gratitude in your home?