In this post I’ll share five of my absolute favorite mindful gratitude activities you can do with kids of any age. These are perfect for thanksgiving … or any day you want to connect with your kids and feel better. All activities are suitable for a group of kids and one-on-one.
If you’ve read my blog you know that gratitude is my favorite, and here’s why:
With kids in particular, Gratitude practice is linked to enhanced happiness, optimism, improved social support, and overall satisfaction with school, family, community, friends and self.
Gratitude practice comes with so many science-backed benefits that I simply can’t not do gratitude practice with my son. Benefits such as: increased happiness, protection from stress and negativity, improved social intelligence, improved relationships, and even improved health.
Who doesn’t want more joy, happiness and calm for their kids? And guess what …
The best part is that gratitude practice is both fun and easy to do! It’s pretty cool that you can get so much with so little effort.
FIVE AWESOME MINDFUL GRATITUDE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Below you’ll find five wonderful activities for kids, including short descriptions. I’m sure you’ll discover at least one you’d like to try 🙂 Click on each link to view the complete activity.
With these mindful gratitude activities you can help kids …
be grateful for what they already have,
to appreciate the small things in life,
become happier and better at feeling good,
and show them that happiness comes from within.
And you can discover new, joyful ways to connect with your kids!
#1 GRATITUDE GIFT
This mindfulness activity is heartwarming and I can’t recommend it enough. It combines kindness and gratitude in a fun way that anyone can do. The Gratitude Gift mindfulness activity is great for all ages. It’s a compassionate spin on the traditional thank you note; a thank you note generally thanks someone for something, but this activity is a great way for a child to show appreciation to someone for simply existing.
Learn more about the the Gratitude Gift activity and our adventure in Spain.
#2 GRATITUDE FLOWERS
This playful mindfulness activity is similar to the Gratitude Tree, but instead of trees, you’ll create simple fun flowers. If you’re a teacher then the kids will love it. You can design a beautiful garden full of happy gratitude flowers and help the kids nurture gratitude and joy as you build it together.
Learn more about the Gratitude Flowers activity here.
#3 GRATITUDE JAR
The Gratitude Jar activity is a classic and great for all ages. I gave my son a Gratitude Jar for his fourth birthday. It didn’t look as cool as the other gifts. After all, it’s just a cookie jar filled with paper notes. But, time has proven that the Gratitude Jar prevails and toys get forgotten. We visit the jar weekly after almost two years. And it makes us happy every time!
Learn more about the Gratitude Jar activity here.
#4 GRATITUDE TREE
Here’s the perfect mindfulness activity for Thanksgiving or a rainy day. It’s called the gratitude tree. It’s similar to Gratitude Flowers and it’s a fun crafts activity to do with your kids.
Learn more about the Gratitude Tree activity here.
#5 GRATITUDE PHOTO CHALLENGE
The Gratitude Photo Challenge is great for older kids and fun for grown-ups, too 🙂 The Gratitude Photo Challenge activity gives a teen-friendly spin to gratitude practice. This fun activity will teach your teen to pay attention to the things he or she is grateful for – for a full week! All you need is a camera or a phone with a camera. For more information or more activities visit https://blissfulkids.com/5-awesome-mindful-gratitude-activities-for-kids/
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