Simple Thanksgiving Craft and Daily Gratitude Activity for Children

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Simply Thanksgiving Craft and Daily Gratitude Activity for Children

I love this time of year and the reminders to express more gratitude than usual. It’s truly a message I need year round! This holiday season, I wanted to do an activity with my children to work on our daily gratitude. As I’ve mentioned before, when something needs to get done in our family … we tie it to something that absolutely has to be done every day! Thus we have a lot of seasonal traditions tied to meal time.

After making this darling and easy Give Thanks Mason Jar (instructions below) for Super Saturday (a neighborhood crafting event), I decided to put it to use as our daily gratitude jar. At every meal, we each take a few dried beans and put one in the jar to represent something we are grateful for. My kids are loving it and I love hearing what they have to say. Our thankfuls range from “I am thankful it might snow soon,” to “I am thankful for beef stroganoff,” to “I am thankful for Super Mario brothers.” Too much fun!

The Give Thanks Mason Jar was super easy to make. Here’s what you need:

Mason Jar


Thank you Vinyl Stickers or you can make your own vinyl saying with a Cricut.

Frosted Glass Spray Paint

1. Start with a clean Mason Jar. The oils from your hands can make the spray paint not stick correctly. I put mine on the ground on top of cardboard to spray.

2. Apply vinyl sticker.

Give Thanks Frosted Jar

3.  Follow the directions on the spray paint bottle to frost your Mason Jar.  I did three coats on mine. Using a blow dryer helped to speed up the drying process!

4. Start giving thanks at meal times!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?




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2 thoughts on “Simple Thanksgiving Craft and Daily Gratitude Activity for Children

  1. Peter

    I like your idea of teaching the children to find good things and show gratitude. It is too easy to take things for granted and that is not good.


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