November is my FAVORITE month of the year. I love that we have an entire month dedicated to gratitude, family, friends and my favorite holiday…Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a holiday that is all about gathering together, giving thanks and of course the FOOD. I hope that you can take some time this month to reflect upon what you are grateful for, share some sweet stories with your kids and pick a project that will help you think of others.
Click here for a list of Thanksgiving books to share with your kids. Below you will find some Gratitude Activities that you may want to try out this month.
Thankful Turkeys–Grateful turkeys have been around for a long time but we put a fun spin on ours that got all of our friends and family (far and near) involved. My kids and I created our “naked” turkeys and glued them on poster board. We then sent out blank feathers to all our friends and family and asked them to write their name and what they were grateful for.
The kids LOVED getting mail all November long and glueing the feathers onto the poster board. If you wanted to save on postage, you could have your children call or email a new person each day and ask them what they were thankful for and write that on the feather. It is a great way to connect with those you love and encourage them to stop and think about what they are grateful for too.
Gratitude Tree–We have been doing this activity for a few years and it has become a very important November tradition. We gather tree branches from outside the day on November 1st and place them in a vase. We then make paper leaves of different colors and attach a loop of string to each. Every night, one person gets to write one thing they are thankful for and hang it on the tree. When my kids were little we had photos of all of us next to the tree and put them order so that the kids would know who’s turn was next.
By the end of the month we have a colorful reminder of the many gifts and blessings we have. I love to see our tree collect leaves all November long as the trees outside lose theirs!
Gratitude Sticky Notes--We do this in the winter and spring but you could easily do it for Thanksgiving. Grab some fun sticky notes (they have many shapes and colors now) and each night have everyone at the table write one thing they are thankful for. You can invite guests to your house to do the same when they come over. We stick our notes all over the dining room window and it is fun to see the windows get COVERED in blessings and thanksgivings.
Gratitude Walk--Take a walk as a family and as you walk you can each think about what you are grateful for. Have you and your children observe things in nature to be grateful for. You can all call them out as you notice them or save them to share with a snack at the end of your walk or at a half way point.
Have a wonderful November, I am grateful for YOU!