Pass the Gratitude Please
What better time of the year than the Thanksgiving season and the month of November to practice gratitude with your family? If you are looking for gratitude printable worksheets to keep your family entertained this holiday, you are in the right place.
One great way to make the most of the time you have with your family is to have fun ways to celebrate. These Thanksgiving themed activities and games can do the trick.
If it feels like too much to add one more thing to your to-list, try adding these done-for-you activities and games. You will find lots of ideas for a fun way to celebrate this special time of year. (And all you really have to do is print them out!)
Seven Fun & Thankful Activities for the Whole Family
You can add more fun by using these worksheets at your next gathering. Thanksgiving activities such as arts and crafts can stimulate creativity and provide a sense of accomplishment.
The worksheets in this packet also encourage mindfulness by reflecting on the things we are most thankful for. And this self-reflection can increase self-awareness and personal growth.
You can easily implement more gratitude this Thanksgiving by using a gratitude workbook like the one below. The Gratitude and Thanksgiving Workbook contains instructions and done for you content for all of the following.
Create a Gratitude Jar
Included in the packet are printable worksheets that can be cut into strips. Everyone can write on the slips of paper what each member of the entire family is thankful for.
Complete a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt
There is a done for you scavenger hunt included in the workbook as well. The items to search are related to Fall and Thanksgiving, and a sample is included below. This should help to keep younger kids occupied either before or after the big meal.
Make a Thankful Tree for Your Family
In the workbook, there are several different colorful leaves to be printed out (a sample is seen below). These leaves can be used for the family to write down who they are thankful for in their life.
You can make a thankful tree by finding a small tree branch outside and then stripping it of leaves, etc. This can then be put in a small amount of clay to hold it upright.
The tree will then be ready for the leaves to be hung on Thanksgiving Day. (Full instructions are included in the workbook).
Play a Game of Thanksgiving Charades
A fun activity for after dinner is to play this special Thanksgiving version of Charades. There are clues to be printed out and put in a small jar or hat.
Then kids of all ages (and adults too) can play this fun game of guessing what the other is acting out. If you have a lot of people, you can create teams and play that way too.
Create an “I am Grateful For” List
One great idea is to have everyone – young and old – fill out one of the pretty Thanksgiving sheets that say “I am grateful for”. They can express gratitude for whatever they are feeling thankful for in that moment.
This is a great gratitude activity to put everyone in the mood for giving thanks. You can choose to post them for others to read. Or you can ask people if they want to share their list. You could also just let the guests take them home as a wonderful reminder of what they have a sense of gratitude about in their life.
Color a Thanksgiving Coloring Worksheet
Another great Thanksgiving activity to keep the young ones content is to have them color the “Happy Thanksgiving” color worksheet. You can have them do this either before or after the big meal.
My kids when they were little would go through lots of these pages, so have multiple copies ready. The older kids will take longer to complete their picture, especially if you lay out some nice coloring pencils or other “art” worthy items to use.
Use the Letter of the Alphabet Gratitude Printable Worksheets
Use the Letter of the Alphabet sheets for one of two things. They can be used for a gratitude scavenger hunt where you look for one item you are grateful for of each letter in the alphabet.
These printable gratitude worksheets can also be used to create a list of things they are thankful for in their daily lives. Older kids and adults should have no problem with this one, but the younger kids might need a little help completing the sheet.
What are the benefits to your family when you practice gratitude together?
Why do you want to practice gratitude together as a family? What are the benefits you can expect from adding these activities to your family tradition?
Practicing gratitude has many benefits for your mental health and physical well-being. Here are just a few of the reasons why you might want to consider incorporating gratitude into your life and this season in particular.
Gratitude boosts positive emotions
Gratitude helps to increase positive emotions such as happiness, contentment and joy. By being grateful for what we have, we can practice an attitude of gratitude.
An “attitude of gratitude” is where we actively look for reasons to be grateful for the big and little things in our life. You start with the big things you are thankful for, which are usually the people in your life.
Then you add the little things (that are really not so little), but rather the things we usually take for granted in our lives. For example, our health, the place we call home, the job we have, the food on our table, etc.
Gratitude helps to minimize negative emotions
Not surprisingly when you are focused on the positive things in your life you are grateful for, you suddenly have room for fewer negative emotions. Whether this is because you are looking for the positive or because the positive crowds out the negative thoughts and emotions you were having, the end result is a net positive.
What does matter to you about having less negative thoughts because you are focused on the positive? You usually have fewer feelings of envy (because you are looking at the wealth of things around you), resentment (because if you have all of this why do you need to resent anyone?) and frustration. That sounds like a win-win.
Your relationships benefit from making memories together
This Thanksgiving dinner, you can make the most of the time you have and create new memories by doing some of these activities. Your relationships improve when you practice gratitude because expressing gratitude towards others helps to strengthen your relationship with them.
And it can also help to increase your feeling of being supported in your relationship too. Who doesn’t like to hear that someone else values them for who they are? After all, it is hard to feel negative towards someone when they are praising you.
You can use these gratitude printable worksheets as a great activity to spend quality time at Thanksgiving with your loved ones. And in turn, through the fun you have you can improve family bonds too.
Other benefits of feeling grateful
Gratitude can have an impact on our physical health. While we want to focus on our health year round, this time of year with the shorter days can really be important to do whatever we can to protect our health.
Spending time being focused on the positive in your life has been linked to improved physical health outcomes like better sleep, lower blood pressure and improved immune function. (To read more on these positive outcomes, see “Positive health: connecting well-being with biology”.)
Having feelings of gratitude can help to take away negative emotions like anger and jealousy. These negative emotions can cause your blood pressure to increase and impact your sleep quality.
And engaging in enjoyable activities like these with your family can reduce stress levels and promote relaxation, which can have a positive impact on mental and physical health.
How will your family celebrate Thanksgiving this year?
If you are interested in learning more, you can purchase your copy of the Gratitude and Thanksgiving Workbook below. Once you purchase your workbook through the link, it will be available for immediate download.
You can use these awesome gratitude activities for kids every year if you would like! There is also a Thanksgiving Calendar for the month of November to help you plan everything. As well as directions on how to use the thankful worksheets too.
How can I purchase a copy of “Gratitude Workbook, Games and Printables for Thanksgiving”?
You can print these out in color or black and white on regular paper. These are available to be printed out at home or at a copy shop like Fed-X.
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