Science has proven that cultivating gratitude and thankfulness in children will help them become happier people in the future. Children who are grateful for events in the past tend to think more positively about the present and the future. There are plenty of things in our lives to be thankful for. However, as children (and sometimes even as adults!) we don't spend enough time to stop to think about these moments, express our thanks and take note of them.
We need to help our children (and ourselves) refocus our lives around gratitude and thankfulness. There will always be ups and downs in life. Leaning on the things we are grateful for will help us get through those rough patches.
Let's start being more grateful!
Printable & Activity Objectives
Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: On-going, Items Needed: Colouring and writing pencils
In this activity, your child will take time to list down the different things in his/her life that they are thankful for and use these lists to get a "boost of happiness" when they're feeling down. Bottles of gratitude for a rainy day :)
It will help your child or student:
Develop a stronger and clearer sense of gratefulness and thankfulness by listing down the things/events in their lives that they are grateful for.
Learn and practice looking for the silver lining in difficult circumstances in their life.
Move away from the feeling of entitlement and envy and work towards being a more thankful (and happier) person.
It's time to feel more thankful!
How to Get Started
Simple steps to start:
Research and find out the best way to help your child think about the different things in their lives that they can be thankful for. Here's a nice video about how to practice gratitude and why it is so important (from a kid to another kid). The speaker's list of 10 things she's grateful for is so simple yet so relatable:
Here's another video showcasing how young children creatively express their gratefulness to the people they love:
Here's a Sesame Street video about how Abby's mom introduced a scavenger hunt to help her find things she is thankful for:
Let's get started with the printable worksheets!
Share this Teaching Resource
What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack
This printable pack consists of 3 printable worksheets to help your child identify and list down the things they are grateful for in their lives. It includes:
1 sheet for identifying 7 things in a week to be grateful for.
1 sheet for identifying and listing grateful moments in a vacation.
1 sheet for a 20 day gratitude challenge.
Completed printables can help to "boost happiness" and remind your child about good things going on in his/her life when she's feeling down. Remember, gratitude takes practice!
Click on the download link below to get started. Please note that this printable pack is only for paid members.
This printable is for paying subscribers only
Sign up now and upgrade your account to get access to the full library of premium printables for paying subscribers only.