Gratitude Activities for Families

Gratitude is an such important life skill to practice with our children especially during challenging times.  This is something we do at camp with kids of all ages. While practicing and teaching gratitude can be done all year long, this season offers many opportunities to get creative in those efforts. It is important for kids to take the time to reflect on the things and people they are appreciative of.

Gus, the camp dog, has a fun gratitude activity that he likes to do. It’s called G.L.A.D, and you can share something you’re grateful for every day, just like Gus. Here are a few other activities that can be done with families and friends this Thanksgiving whether you are getting together or doing them over zoom!

A Thanksgiving Tree is a fun easy activity that can last throughout the Thanksgiving season and even into Christmas! Thanks to our Roughing It Day Camp family, the McKinleys, for sharing their idea for a simple Thanksgiving Tree.

At camp, Web of Appreciation is an activity to connect campers with one another. You can do a variation of this same activity by going around the dinner table having each person say one thing they appreciate about another member of the family.

Gratitude Journals are a wonderful activity for kids of all ages. It’s a simple way to encourage sharing what you appreciate about one another. See how we make and use these journals at camp.

At Roughing It, we believe in taking time for gratitude and reflection each day. During the summer, our counselors encourage campers to focus on finding things they appreciate and share this with others. This leads to a positive environment where everyone feels grateful, appreciated and connected. Our goal is for children to develop these skills at camp and use them throughout the year taking their Gratitude Beyond Thanksgiving. Practicing gratitude daily helps children and adults be happier and healthier! Our camp director friend, Audrey Monke, from Sunshine Parenting has put together a great list of 5 Gratitude Practices families can do together to cultivate gratitude with our children all year long.  

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