They say gratitude makes children feel more positive emotions and greater happiness. It helps them to better cope with stress of their daily lives and improve their resilience. Some even say it helps with improving sleep and physical problems. The benefits are plentiful but the question is how do we cultivate gratitude in young children? The answers is with practice and more practice :)

This creative printable activity helps to encourage reflection in kids about the people and things their lives to be thankful for. Let's start!

Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colour pencils

In this activity, your child will reflect on the people and things he/she is thankful for and express their gratitude through conceptualising and designing a t-shirt.

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.

Let's start designing!

Classroom Resources

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 an interesting video about how being gratitude helps your wellbeing. There's an interesting gratitude exercise too!
  • Ask your child/student to write down a list of things, people or places that they are grateful for.
  • Get started on printable worksheets!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable pack consists of 4 printable worksheets to help your child express the things, people or places they are grateful for in their lives. It includes 2 empty t-shirt templates and 2 with "thank you" printed on them.

Let's be thankful!

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