Saying Thank you! Make, Do and Play Gratitude Activities


Inculcate an “attitude of gratitude” in your children

Practicing gratitude has many benefits. Teaching children the art of gratitude while they’re young helps to reap the benefits well into adulthood.

We have gathered a list of Gratitude Activities for Children that you can do together while teaching gratitude.

Gratitude Activities for Children 


Write a Gratitude Journal – A gratitude journal is a wonderful and scientifically proven way to guide your child toward health, happiness, and internal motivation. If your children are old enough, they can write in their own journal. The younger ones can dictate to you. Not only will it keep them thinking about the things they are grateful for every day, but it will also be an amazing keepsake when they are older. You can use a journal, a simple spiral notebook or make your own too! It is a perfect activity to add to your bedtime routine, helping children (and adults) wind down with feelings of gratefulness.

Keep a Gratitude Jar – Place a jar in a central location in your house with some scrap pieces of paper and a pen next to it. Anytime children think of something they are grateful for, have them write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Empty the jar and read all of your thankful thoughts together as a family!


Write Thank you Cards – Create printable thankful cards so family and loved ones can write down what they are grateful for.
Thank you Cards

Things I am Thankful For Story Window

When children create this “Things I Am Thankful For” story window, they will have the opportunity to think about all the things they appreciate in their lives.

Thankful Letters – Write letters of gratitude or thankfulness to people you’re thankful for. The letter can have drawings with it or pictures. Mail them or hand-deliver them! Ensure that you write thank you notes everytime you receive something.

Gratitude Yoga – A lovely idea to get kids to be thankful while stretching their muscles.


Play the “What if we did not have” Game – Ask the kids what would they feel like without various items.  The conversations will reveal to them how different life would be without some of the things we consider “normal” to have. You can tell them about how other people live without such items. A wonderful way to help children to learn to appreciate what is sometimes taken for granted in their life.

Play Gratitude Pictionary – This is a fun game that can be played with the whole family! If you’ve ever played Pictionary, you know what a blast it can be and I really love how simple this version is to pull together. Nothing special required!

Play Gratitude Pick up Game – With this game, each time you pick up a stick you have to name something you are grateful for. Each color represents a different type of thing. It’s a great way to get the kids really thinking in different ways about all that they can be grateful for!


Make a Tree of Thanks – This gratitude tree is a simple way for your children to show what they are grateful for in a gorgeous, visual way. Grab a few fallen twigs and arrange them in a jar. You can use some sand or rocks to help stabilize them. Have your children cut out some leaf-shaped pieces of paper, punch a hole in one end, and attach a small loop of string. Keep the leaves in a jar beside the tree along with a pen or crayon. You could also use real leaves. Here is another idea for a Tree of Thanks.

Tree of Thanks by

Make a Gratitude Collage –  Have children cut out pictures of things they’re grateful for and then use the pictures to create their own collage. Alternatively, you can stick the pictures on strips of paper and use the strips to make a gratitude chain to hang up in the room like this Gratitude Garland by Somewhat Simple.

Gratitude Collage

Create Gratitude Stones – These gratitude stones art idea is a great activity for children. You can personalize the message and gift it too! Here is another charming way to use gratitude stones. 

Gratefulness Stones

Create a Thankful Leaf Wall – Make newspaper leaves for a wall display and write down what you are thankful for every day. Gratitude Wall from What Do We Do All Day? is also a wonderful idea.

Thankful Bouquet – Every time your children show gratitude, place a flower in a vase.  Discuss how a simple “thank you” or thoughtful comment can really brighten someone’s day. As you see the bouquet grow, talk about the flowers that were added and how that kindness made people feel.

Thankful Table – Another wonderful idea to get children to connect with and honor the people they love, and to show gratitude for the little things in life that we so often overlook.

Thankful Hearts – Make these beautiful fabric hearts to give away to people! Notice something that a person does for you, without being asked. Give them one of these hearts, thanking them for the thing they’ve done.

Thankful Hearts

Gratitude Sun Catcher Brighten up the windows with this lovely idea.

Gratitude isn’t a lesson to be taught and forgot. Gratitude is something that you practice each and every day through your thoughts, words, and actions!

Let us know if you have any more activities!

More on Gratitude:
Read Children’s Books on Gratitude
Help your children start a Gratitude Journal
Instill an attitude of Gratitude in children – 8 Practical Ways


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