25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #1: Being Thankful

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Hi guys! Day #1 of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving is going to focus on Being Thankful.

There are so many ways we can teach our kids how to be thankful. One of my favorites is to create a “Thankful Tree.” I usually just take a piece of posterboard and draw the outline of a tree with no leaves. Then I cut out little leaves with different colored construction paper and have the kids write what/who they are thankful for on the leaves and we glue it onto the branches of the tree. You can make it as simple or fancy as you want. Here are a few links I found on Pinterest to give you some ideas:

Creatively Quirky at Home….The Thankful Tree

Sycamore Stirrings…Thinking of Thanksgiving

Crafts by Amanda…Thanksgiving Handprint Tree


Kids love making lists and so here are a few ideas about making an ABC list of all the things you are thankful for:

Yeehaw Teaching in Texas! …Thankful Alphabet Freebie

Written Reality…Thankful ABCs Free Printable

Teachers Pay Teachers…I Am Thankful Freebie


Here are a few of my personal favorite children’s books that are great to teach kids about being thankful:



Give Thanks to the Lord  by Karma Wilson

Homeschoolshare has a free Unit Study/Lapboook for this one! You can get it HERE





Bear Says Thanks  by Karma Wilson






Thanks for Thanksgiving  by Julie Markes






Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks  by Margaret Sutherland






The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful  by Colleen Coble 




There are many Bible verses about being thankful. Here are a few ideas for activities that you can do with scriptures for Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving 30 Day Scripture Challenge Writing Plan at Susan’s Personal Blog

From Victory Road…Scripture Coloring Pages

The Crafty Classroom…more Bible verse Thankfulness Coloring Pages

Laura Sue Shaw (blog)…Free Printable Bible Verse Cards on Gratitude


Here are a few other different “Thankfulness” activity ideas you can check out for kids to do or make:

Free I Am Thankful Poem Template by Teacher Entrepreneurs

Thankful Turkey Box at Whatever Dee Dee Wants Blog

Family Thankful Jar Craft at Teach Beside Me Blog

I Am Thankful Activity Sheet at Crafting the Word of God Blog

Gratitude Activity for Kids, Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher at Bren Did and you can too Blog


I hope that I have given you a lot of helpful information so that you can get started working with your kids on Being Thankful this Thanksgiving! Please feel free to comment and look for Day #2 in this new series, 25 Days of Thanksgiving! If you enjoyed this and want to see more from my blog, please sign up for my mailing list on the right side of the blog.





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