3 Gratitude Activities

If you have kids you know that teaching them to be grateful isn’t always easy, so that’s why I love these 3 activities that give them a very visual and fun way of feeling grateful for what they have.

Gratitude Tree
Materials

So, first, we made this awesome gratitude tree that I saw on Pinterest. You just put branches in a vase, cut out leaves from cardstock, punch a hole and loop around the twine and you’re ready to ask your kids what they are thankful for.  If they don’t know what thankful means you might need to give them a little explanation. Write down their responses and then have the kids hang the leaves up on the branches. I loved the answers they ranged from silly to honest to really sweet. I transcribed and then Presley loved to add a little drawing. You can do a couple of these a day until your tree is full. I just think this is a little more visual than just saying what you’re thankful for over the dinner table and you can keep it up over the holidays.  

Charitable Drive
Next, a charitable drive. One way for kids to feel more grateful is to help those who are less fortunate. We collected cans to go to the food bank. I tried to explain to them on the way there what we were doing. You can do clothes or toys. The key thing is that the kids come with you to make the drop-off and in my experience, these places are so nice to kids. They encouraged us to take a tour and it was just a great reminder not to take things for granted. I’m not kidding you, when we got home Ford actually ate his whole lunch INCLUDING his broccoli, which never happens. I’m not sure but I’m thinking there’s a correlation.

Scavenger Hunt
Finally, the scavenger hunt. This is my favorite. We did a gratitude scavenger hunt. There’s a list of things to find that you’re thankful for like something outside and then you snap a photo. It’s such a tangible way to help kids appreciate and take stock of what they do have rather than what they don’t. It’s fun to see her discover the stuff she has.  



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (7, 4, 2). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.