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Instilling an Attitude of Gratitude in Kids
The Thank You Dish
First, cut four approximately 1-inch strips from the orange construction paper. Cutting the length will give you a larger pumpkin. Cut some leaves and a stem from the green paper. You can create and trace a pattern for the leaves. Cut a 6-inch long strip of green paper to make the stem. Fold it in half and then fold each end about one inch. On either side of the stem write, I am thankful for… or in Spanish Estoy agradecido/a por…
Next, we talked about some of the things we are thankful for and wrote them on the strips of orange construction paper. You write two things on each strip of paper, one at each end. Be careful not to write too far on either end so that your words don’t get hidden as you finish putting your pumpkin together. One of the reasons I love this craft because it’s great for doing with kids of all ages. For the littlest friends, you can write what they say. For slightly older kids who can write but not necessarily spell, like my son, you can write what they say either for them to trace or to copy. Big kids can write on their own.
Putting it all together
Beyond the craft
Now that I’ve planted the seed of being grateful and what that means I want to keep that ongoing with my kiddos. I plan to try to work this into our bedtime routine. Each night I would like for each of us to say one thing that we are thankful for that day. This can be people, things or experiences. Eventually, I’d like to take it a step further and write the things we share down and put them into a gratitude jar.