It is a tradition in our home every November to discuss the things in our lives for which we are thankful. It all started one year with our Thankful Tree, in which my then 3 year old and I hung paper leaves on branches. One year we crafted painted thankful leaves out of recycled newspaper and scattered them all over the wall. This year I did something a little different: we created a gratitude wall. (Note: this post was originally sponsored by Pirate’s Booty snacks.)
I kept it very simple with a stack of index cards and a jar of our favorite colored pens. You could get a little fancy and use these darling printable thankful cards. Each night at dinner we discuss what we are thankful for that day. I encourage the kids to think of things both small and large. After all, it’s okay to be thankful for pencils AND our good health. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Letting the kids pick out seemingly small things also teaches them to find joy in ordinary moments (even after school treats) as well as being grateful for the extraordinary.
Those of you who have been with this blog for a while (and I am thankful for you!) will know I am grateful for books. This scene, of my older son and his voracious love of reading is one I am incredibly thankful for each and every day. (Although I may prefer he eat at the table instead of the couch!!)
My kids are so very, very different and I am certainly equally thankful for my super duper high energy little guy who loves to dance and act silly, even when eating his after school snack! You can’t tell from this photo but he was bouncing all over that bench! Whew!
At the beginning of the month, my younger son balked at having to to write the cards. He struggles with fine motor and feels self-conscious about his handwriting. I didn’t pressure him, but wrote down his words for him. I am thankful that he is now participating, even though sometimes he still struggles.
After dinner we put them up on the wall and it’s so nice to have a visual reminder of all the good things in life, even bacon.
I just want to say I am thankful for all the followers of this blog! Sharing our favorite activities through blogging has been a real joy for me and it’s wonderful to have your support.
Another idea to extend this traditional all year long is to start a gratitude journal. I love this free printable version from Dirt and Boogers. The time spent filling it in together will create a family bond. Showing your kids that you value expressing and recording all that you are thankful for sets a positive example that will stick with them for life.
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