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.
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 our darling printable thankful card coloring pages. 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.
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. I didn't want to pressure him, thus giving him negative feelings about the activity, so I wrote down his words for him. He sometimes does a little doodle on them. I am thankful that his willing to participate in a way that is enjoyable for him.
After dinner we put the gratitude cards 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.
Disclosure: This was originally (2014) written as a sponsored post for Pirate Booty. That means I received compensation for my writing. All ideas, activities, opinions and photos are my own.