The air is finally starting to cool, grocery store entries are stocked high with pumpkins and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back on the menu—all signs that the holiday season is upon us. This time of year can be filled with lots of “I want this!” and “I need that!” It can be tough on parents to teach kids about being thankful, and sometimes a little visual reminder can go a long way.
Here are five fall-inspired ideas to instill gratitude in your kids.
1. Thankful Pumpkin
This sweet idea from One Artsy Mama, requires only a Sharpie, a pumpkin and a heart full of gratitude. Each day, ask your kids what they are thankful for and then write it down on the pumpkin. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, you will have a pumpkin full of happiness.
2. Paper Gratitude Pumpkins
These paper pumpkins from The Joys of Boys is great hands-on project. Each kid can make their own personal gratitude pumpkin using construction paper and a little glue.
3. Postcards of Thanks
Help your kids spread a little love. Make and send postcards to those you care about this Thanksgiving.
4. Jar of Thanks
Have your kids write down things they are thankful for and add it to the family jar. On Thanksgiving, share the notes or even create a garland for your dining room.
5. A Tree of Gratitude
This idea from The House of Hendrix is too cute (and also yummy). Make a tree using hand prints and add thoughts of gratitude using letter cereal.