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Gratitude: Meaningful Thanksgiving Family Activities

Gratitude: Meaningful Thanksgiving Family Activities

Thanksgiving is a special time to express gratitude, especially for family. Teaching children to appreciate their loved ones can be a challenge, but there are engaging Thanksgiving family activities that help cultivate this value. Discover meaningful ways to honor your family this Thanksgiving.

Make a Photo Book

a family looking at a photo album together

Moms who have done scrapbooking as a hobby may remember elaborate setups of special materials, papers and pages, but making a photo book can be as simple as you want it to be.  A school notebook with blank pages, some printed photos, a glue stick and a set of colouring pencils can be all a kid needs to make a photo book for a family member. The photo book and memories inside makes a great holiday gift as well.

Draw Gratitude Pictures

two kids drawing to be thankful

Even the littlest kids can get involved with drawing pictures of things they are happy to have in their lives.  Let everyone draw as many pictures as they want and display them on a picture wire strung across a mantlepiece, window frame or along a wall. Hang them on a wire for a delightful Thanksgiving display, boosting moods for all ages

Write a Thankfulness Letter

thank you note for gratitude on thanksgiving

Choose a friend or family member and write a letter to them, describing the things about them you’re thankful for. Young ones draw memories; older ones write letters. It may seem like a cheesy thing to do, but receiving a hand written thank-you letter is an amazing experience.

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Display Family Photos

A picture taking of a family photo during thanksgiving

Update your family photo wall to honor loved ones on Thanksgiving. Remember to display some photos in a kid-friendly way, either by hanging pictures lower on the wall or making a photo album that is safe for kids to look at independently.

Seize the Day with Thanksgiving Activities

Father in a field of fall leaves with his child throwing leaves in the air for family thanksgiving activities

Life is busy and it’s easy to put off expressing your appreciation. Maybe you think, “Oh, Mom knows how I feel about her anyway.” But life is also uncertain, and one of the biggest regrets people have on their deathbed is not saying the things they wanted to say to their loved ones before it was too late. Gratitude brings us back to the present moment and helps us live with awareness of the many blessings that surround us. Thanksgiving activities that help you share that gratitude with the people who mean the most to you will create good feelings that last all year long.

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