“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.”
We hope over the past few weeks you’ve had an opportunity to begin thinking about gratitude and thanksgiving. While practicing gratitude is an action we believe brings joy and abundance every day of the year, we know that thinking of what we feel grateful for really comes to the forefront of our minds once November hits!
Today, we want to help you discover 10 different ways you can practice gratitude both during this fall season as well as on a daily basis all-year-round! We hope one (or a couple) of these ideas strikes a chord with you and encourages you to practice the act of being grateful and intentional thanksgiving.
Writing in a daily gratitude journal (or helping your kids to) is a great way to think about gratitude on a daily basis. This journal helps you think about the people, events, and challenges that you are grateful for that day. You can print out as many page inserts as you need… so you can get started with it now and then make a new booklet for each month to come!
These five craft ideas are a fun way to get your children thinking about gratitude and thanksgiving. You can begin to teach your children about the meaning of Thanksgiving and why it is so important to think about the things we are grateful for while making these fun Thanksgiving themed crafts with them. Then, display your whole family’s blessings by using the crafts as decorations for your Thanksgiving holiday dinner!
This is a fun activity for you and your family to do together. With this scavenger hunt, you are asked to take a photo of each item on the list that you are thankful for. Once your photos are collected, you can reflect on them and all of the blessings you have in your life.
This is another form of a scavenger hunt, however in this one you are asked to celebrate gratitude by completing random acts of kindness. This scavenger hunt can be used for your family to do on their own, or can make a great featured activity for a Thanksgiving season party.
Here is another fun way to celebrate gratitude with your family. Either all-year-round OR just during the month of November, have small strips of paper available for your family members to write down their blessings on and place in a gratitude jar. Then, on Thanksgiving, dump out all of the blessings and read as a family. You will be amazed how much your family has to be grateful for!
This is a great activity for helping your family members to know why you love and appreciate them. Create this dry erase frame by placing the free printable in a picture frame. Then have a dry erase marker available for your family members to write down why they love each other. You can have just one made for the entire family, or you could make one for each family member and place in their rooms or bathrooms!
There are a LOT of wonderful children’s books focused on gratitude and kindness. We have collected just a few to start giving you ideas. Make it a tradition to read a gratitude themed book each night during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, or every night in November! Books are a fantastic way to get kids thinking (and learning) about thankfulness.
This pumpkin gratitude activity is yet another easy way to help your family celebrate thanksgiving. All you need is a large pumpkin and a permanent marker. Each night, decide as a family on one (or a couple) things you are grateful for. Then write them in a spiral on the pumpkin, starting at the stem. When the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, display your Gratitude Pumpkin for all to see!
Looking for a fun game that encourages gratitude? This version of Pick Up Sticks is a fun way to not only have fun playing a game as a family, but also to talk about giving thanks for the different blessings we have in our lives. We love that the different colors stand for different kinds of blessings – people, places, things, food, and more!
This final way of practicing gratitude is a more classic activity. These conversation starters help you ask your family questions that will probe a little deeper into what you’re thankful for and why. We love the idea of using these conversation starters at your family dinner table!
Does your family have a special way to practice gratitude that we didn’t talk about? Did any of these ideas help you think of some ways to talk about/teach gratitude to your kids? We hope you found inspiration in this post and that you do truly take the time to count your blessings and practice gratitude. It is amazing how much positivity can come out of these activities.
We hope you have a great weekend and can’t wait to see you back on Monday! Next week, we will begin on our new party guide: A Christmas Cookie Party! We will release the first segment of the guide on Monday where we will be talking about the party prep – so that’s the invitations, decorations, and party favors! We can’t wait to get started!
Until next time,