Gratitude jar

Materials

  • soup jar
  • paper
  • pens

Preparation

We think that despite everything going on in the world today, there is a lot for us to be grateful for. Gratitude is taking time to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access. Let's take a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are when something good happens — whether it's a small thing or a big thing.

Here’s an activity you can start with your kids now and continue to do over the summer. They can write on squares of paper one thing they are grateful for each day. Then, once the summer ends you can read each one out with the entire family and see how many great things happened during the summer that no one was expecting. This activity is for children of all ages, even though it may be tough to wrangle your tween to take part.

Here is some wording suggestions you can write on the paper to get your kids thinking:

  • I smile when....
  • I am happy when...
  • I am grateful for....
  • It is a good day when...

At the end of the summer you can create a Gratitude Collage or maybe this is something you adopt in your family moving forward after Backyard Camp and Summer 2020 is over.

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