Thanksgiving is the perfect time to teach kids the act and practice of gratitude. Amongst the Thanksgiving decorations, recipes and crafts for kids, Thanksgiving activities can be fun and meaningful. Thanksgiving lap books and gratitude journals are a powerful addition to any classroom or learning space.
Lap books are a great way to engage your children with content while adding some creativity to the learning process. Lap books are similar to interactive notebooks but can be more fun for kids. A lap book allows your children to have an organized product that they can learn from and in turn share with others. Lap books provide a creative collection of important and interesting information.
BENEFITS FOR LAP BOOKS
Self-contained units of study
Encourages writing, drawing, and thinking
Can be used as a study guide or a portfolio
Great for sharing with family at the Thanksgiving Table
Provide motivation for the reluctant learner
Gratitude journals can also be a beautiful addition to a child’s day. Gratitude is a practice. It results in positive thinking. In a difficult time and world, the one true factor that can make the most impact is exercising gratitude. It is complex, yet very simple. The cause of resentment and poor behavior is a direct result of feeling undervalued, not worthy, not heard, and not cared about. When we focus on the things in which we do value and are the most grateful for, we can change resentment into gratitude and love. Recognizing and expressing gratitude towards children can change everything. Expressing gratitude is a simple answer for a complex problem. We need to stop thinking about gratitude as emotion, and begin to live it as an action. Living your life as an expression of gratitude is the greatest give you can give a child and yourself.
When children thank while they think, they think better and deeper. Thankfulness teaches children to be in the present, and they want to give back. Journaling and Thankful Lap Books are meant to help children begin to walk in gratitude. Remember that gratitude practices are not about smiling more and being positive, it is about recognizing the hard part and focusing on the things for which we are grateful.
How can we start? We can live by example. We need to thank our students more. We need to share specifically what we are thankful for about them on a daily basis. If not, we are missing the daily practices that can change EVERYTHING.
How to Create a Gratitude Activity for Kids
Lab book Steps:
1. Print and Copy All Pages
(There are choices of black and white or color.)
2. Put Together the Inside Components and Complete
Gratitude language makes more sense to kids when it is learned in context. Words about gratitude can be defined and an image can be used to represent the word.
3. Create the Cover
We wait to do the cover last so that you can cover up the back side of the brads or the staples from the inside. This took me a couple of upset children to finally realize this step needed to come last!
Now you have your Gratitude activity for kids to make! I hope your children enjoy this fun project!
You can also begin a gratitude journal, as well. Some helpful topics to help children reflect upon are family, friends, places they have been, things they are thankful for at school, needs that are being met- like a bed, food, etc. and so much more.
I would love to see pictures of your final product. Be sure to snap a few and send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Happy Teaching and Learning!