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Encourage an attitude of gratitude in your kids with this “I’m Thankful” gratitude journal for kids. It’s perfect for kids of all ages this Thanksgiving season!
When my kids were younger, I worked hard to instill an attitude of gratitude. Every night, when we said our prayers, we ended with “Dear God, thank you for…”
I encouraged the kids to thank God for three things each night. Of course, as it goes with kids, they were thankful for new toys, best friends, and a Sonic slush. But, I didn’t worry about what they were thankful for.
My focus was on the fact that they were thankful. It’s all too easy to get caught up in fight with a friend or a bad mood or a scraped knee. So, I encouraged them to end the day be being thankful for a favorite memory, a funny thing that happened, or a bandaid for scraped knees.
I’m Thankful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids
Now that Emma, 16, is dealing with a chronic illness, I find it all too easy to let that illness define our days. When she’s having a particularly rough day, I encourage her to find three things to be thankful for. Today, though, it looks a bit different for her. Thank you for knee braces, ibuprofen, and great doctors. Or, thank you for being in the Nutcracker, volunteering at the animal shelter, and a dog who snuggles when she’s stuck in bed.
As we head in to the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s the perfect time to talk to your kids about thankfulness. Start a new tradition, if you don’t have one already, of finding things each day to be thankful for.
To help you get started, I’ve created a Gratitude Journal you can use with your kids this month. Encourage them to find something (or more than one thing) to be thankful for.
Store this journal away for years to come. It will make a great keepsake to pull out each year to reflect on the previous year. Then, print out a new one and start all over.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT Gratitude
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about gratitude. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Thankful – Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives.
Being Thankful – Little Critter isn’t getting anything he wants. Gator gets cool brand-new sneakers, while Little Critter is stuck with his boring blue ones. Tiger’s dad has a boat―but not Little Critter’s dad. And even at the ice cream shop, Little Critter can’t enjoy his chocolate ice cream cone because he would rather have a huge ice cream sundae instead. But on a trip to the farm, Grandma shows Little Critter why thankfulness is so important and helps make any situation seem so much happier.
Grow Grateful – Kiko goes on a camping trip with her class and learns about gratitude! Throughout the trip, Kiko discovers different things she appreciates about her family, friends, and opportunities.
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, this standing turkey puzzle toy will make the perfect toy. Whether you would like to give your favorite child a cute gift when they visit on Thanksgiving or you just want to inspire their imagination with a fun Thanksgiving themed toy, this guy is right for you.
This fun Thanksgiving Activity Book for Kids is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Kids of all ages will love this fantastic coloring and activity book filled with Thanksgiving-themed coloring pages, word search, mazes, connect the dots, step-by-step drawing, and more.
Here are some fun Thanksgiving songs for your preschool and kindergarten kids to enjoy during the holiday season!
Create a Thankful Tree! This kit includes everything you need to get started.
Mom may want to keep a One-Minute Gratitude Journal of her own. This one is already bound.
This DIY Thankful Tree is perfect for using at home or in the classroom year after year.
Get your gratitude journal!
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