This post is part of my ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. To see all posts in the series, click here.
My kids are very fortunate. It would make me sad if one day they failed to recognize how truly blessed they are to have so many people in their lives that love and care about them. In celebration of the Thanksgiving season I made these Thanksgiving gratitude cards to give kids a chance to reflect on all the people that love them and show those people that they are appreciated.
My kids are too young to write (or at least too young to write more than a few words without complaining), so I helped them fill out these cards. I wanted the emphasis of this activity to be on developing a spirit of gratitude, so I tried to keep it fun and let them just sign their names instead. However, for older kids this would be an excellent way to get them organizing their thoughts and writing them down.
To make these cards, simply print out the free printable single-sided (or just the pages your child wants to use) and fold each piece of paper in half twice. I definitely recommend helping your child to remember all the people they might want to give a card to, but try to keep from suggesting ways to fill in the sentence. The things kids come up with on their own can be so original and unexpected. For example, my 5-year-old wanted to tell his grandma that he was thankful for her because “she works so hard and taught her kids (his adult aunt, uncles, and myself) to be nice to him.”
If you would like your own set of free printable Thanksgiving cards to help your kids develop a spirit of gratitude, please download them here.
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