Gratitude Activities for Kids

by | Oct 21, 2023 | Kid Activities

Last Updated Jan 19, 2024
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Teach the art of showing gratitude to others by leaning on simple gratitude activities for kids!

Teaching Kids to be Grateful

Teaching kiddos to be grateful for what they have in a world where their wants can be met in an instant is hard stuff, you guys!

With October coming to an end and November on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start working on the art of teaching gratitude.

From fun activities to everyday reminders, these gratitude activities for kids are a great way to kick off thankful season!

Action-Based Grateful Activities

While encouraging fun is great, one of the absolute best ways to teach children to be grateful is by encouraging them to act.

Fulfilling action-based appreciation activities that allow children to place themselves in the shoes of someone less fortunate can be an eye-opening experience that shows them just how much they truly have to be grateful for.

Journaling is a Great Gratitude Activity for Kids

So, grab your kiddos and pick out a few of these activities to work through together this November.

Check out these action-based gratitude activities for the whole family!

  • Read books about gratitude
  • Study Bible verses on being thankful
  • Fill out a daily gratitude journal
  • Tell someone you appreciate them
  • Get in the habit of saying please and thank you
  • Compliment someone every day
  • Visit a nursing home or elderly family member
  • Make cookies for someone grieving or hurt
  • Hand out socks and water to the homeless
  • Pack a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child
  • Give supplies to someone in need
  • Supply food to your local food pantry
  • Share something you are grateful for at dinner each day

There are seriously so many incredible ways you can teach children to show their appreciation and gratitude by participating in an eye-opening experience of helping someone less fortunate than themselves.

Crafty Grateful Activities for Kids

If you have young children who aren’t quite ready for action-based teaching activities, try leaning on simple gratitude crafts instead!

From creating a thankful tree to making thank you cards.

Thankful Tree Activity

Photo Creds: Crafts by Amanda

From creating a simple paper chain throughout the month of November to making and sending out thank you cards to the people you cherish, there are so many awesome ways little ones can begin expressing their gratitude at a young and tender age.

Check out some of my favorite go-to ideas!

  • Create a grateful paper chain
  • Make thank you cards
  • Start a gratitude jar
  • Create a thankful tree

While most thankful craft ideas tend to be Thanksgiving-focused, you can easily adapt all of the above ideas to a year-long gratitude activity!

Printable Grateful Activities for Kids

While crafting can be a great start for little ones, it’s incredibly important for older children to stop, think, and reflect on what truly matters.

Try leaning on simplistic printable gratitude activities that do just that.

Printable Gratitude Activities for Kids

Check out this fun list of awesome printable gratitude activities for kids provided by Life + Homeschool and other wonderful bloggers!

With so many awesome ideas to choose from, you can easily focus on teaching and showing gratitude with your kiddos this fall.

Being Grateful Everyday

While working through gratitude activities is a great start, it’s incredibly important to work on the art of being grateful each and every day!

With that said, teaching kids to carry their grateful attitudes forward with them after November ends is no easy task.

It’s easy to get comfortable when things are going our way and in those moments we tend to forget to show gratitude by appreciating what we have and the important people around us.

However, that sunny season of life is not the time to leave our grateful heart behind, it’s the time to reflect and remind ourselves how blessed we truly are.

Choose to be Grateful

With that said, finding a way to be grateful during the difficult seasons of life is equally important!

Encourage children to go forward with a grateful attitude by utilizing a gratitude journal or adding gratitude activities to their routine multiple time throughout the coming year.

Love these gratitude activities for kids? Check out these encouraging gratitude quotes to keep the momentum going!

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Gratitude Activities for Kids

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Meet the Author

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Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the kid activities portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

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