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The Family Kitchen: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

2014-11-06 by Zina Harrington

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These 5 playful dinner table activities for teaching children gratitude are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and are written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. 

The Family Kitchen: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude *Check out 5 creative activities and free printables to help teach children gratitude, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

When I think of Thanksgiving the first word that comes to mind is TURKEY. I admit, I love a good Thanksgiving feast. While we all know “being thankful” is at the core of the holiday, that message might be slightly muffled at times to our children.

Below are five simple activities for teaching children gratitude at the dinner table. These activities are great for focusing on being thankful in November, but are useful any time of the year!

The Family Kitchen: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude *Check out 5 creative activities and free printables to help teach children gratitude, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

1. This “I am thankful” activity from Live Craft Eat focuses on acknowledging the kindness in others. It is the perfect gratitude conversation starter. Check out the details of this unique activity and the free printable here.

2. Create a gratitude bowl for your kitchen table. What I love about this idea from Creative Family Fun is the simplicity of the project. No need to buy anything fancy, just grab a bowl and get started. Read the full instructions.

3. Check out these adorable (and free) printable gratitude placements from The Nurture Store. The children can color, draw or doodle what they are thankful for in each heart, while they wait for dinner to be served. So sweet!

4. Start a Thankful Window using dry-erase makers or window crayons. If you have a window near your kitchen table, consider this family art project. Make a habit of adding a few things each day that you are grateful for; click here to see an example on the blog Chicken Babies. So simple!

5. We associate advent calendars with Christmas, but this November consider this unique alternative from The House of Hendrix. Each day this month have your family write down one thing they are thankful for, then on Thanksgiving read the collection of slips together.

Don’t worry about starting on November first or having a fancy advent calendar. Start today!

Click here for a free “I am thankful for” printable.

This Emerson quote stood out to me as a parent…

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

How are you cultivating the habit of being grateful in your kids? Let’s chat in the comments below.

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Zina Harrington

Zina is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon and Becoming UnBusy, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments. Facebook | Pinterest | Blog | Instagram

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