Celebrating Everyday Blessings
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Fall is just around the corner! We love this season of fun holidays, crunchy leaves, pumpkin everything, and cooler temperatures. With the change of the season, we have so many everyday blessings to be thankful for.
Teaching Kids to be Thankful
Some days, it’s difficult to find something to be thankful for–especially when you are just plain having a very bad day. We all tend to think that blessings have to be BIG for them to count, or for us to recognize them. But, you know what? There is something to be thankful for each and every day, and even the littlest blessings count!
In teaching our kids gratitude, parents may find that they learn how to be thankful for everyday blessings as well.
For a fun hands-on activity to teach kids to be thankful, try making a Thankful Tree.
Go on a hike around your yard, and find a small branch that has enough “arms” on it to hang your thankful leaves. Place it in a jar in a prominent place (ours is in the dining room).
Print off as many copies as you need of our Thankful Tree printable, and cut out the leaf shapes. Punch a hole in the end of each leaf to add a loop of string or yarn for hanging. Kids can write their moments of gratitude on the leaves all at once, or one per day. Get the family to join in and add theirs as well. This is a fun way to count down the days until Thanksgiving, or simply to celebrate fall.
We love the book Thankful by Eileen Spinelli and Archie Preston for teaching thankfulness. This sweetly illustrated book features rhyming text about a family expressing gratitude during their normal daily routines.
The poet is thankful
for words that rhyme.
My son can’t get enough of this book, and he loves to study each detailed page and find new surprises each time we read it. The scenes in the book remind us so much of our own home. From the traveler to the dancer to the chef and the crafter, each expression of gratitude is both simple and profound.
Thankful is a not-to-be-missed picture book for teaching gratitude and celebrating everyday blessings.
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