Every night at the dinner table, we do a little thing called Pits and Cherries. Each person gets a chance to talk about one bad thing (a pit) and one good thing (a cherry) that happened that day. My kids love this game so much that they usually initiate it before I even have a chance to.
This month, we’ve changed it up a bit. Instead of Pits and Cherries, we’re talking about five things we’re thankful for each night. It’s a way to introduce an extra dose of gratitude into this season of thankfulness.
Here’s a round up of other ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with your kids:
1. Print these Thanksgiving Conversation Starters to get your kids talking about what they’re thankful for.
2. Make and keep gratitude journals together.
- Turn a composition notebook into a gratitude journal, via All Things Target.
- Thanksgiving family gratitude journal, via Inhabitots.
- ABC thankful journal, via Parents.
- Make a gratitude journal for $1, via Snail Pace Transformations.
3. Do you love gold and silver Sharpies as much as my kids and I do? Check out these gratitude stones at Moonfrye.
4. Make a gratitude tree. The possibilities are endless:
- Bonbon Break
- Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Frugal Mom Eh!
- Kids Activities Blog
- Mama Smiles
- Mom it Forward
- Power of Moms
- Simply Vintage Girl
5. Check out some Thanksgiving-themed picture books from your public library (or support a local independently owned bookstore.) Here are some book lists to get you started:
- 10 Multicultural Thanksgiving Books for Kids, What We Do All Day
- 100+ Fall and Thanksgiving Books Recommended by Moms, Lasso the Moon
- Great Thanksgiving Books for Kids, KC Edventures (a Missouri blogger!)
- Our Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Kids, Kelly Wiggains
- Picture Books About Thanksgiving, No Time for Flashcards
What are you doing to be a little more grateful this month?
Shana Norris is a writer, reader, runner, coffee guzzler, and chocolate inhaler who dreams of becoming an Avett Brothers groupie. You can follow her on Twitter, Google +ShanaNorris, and Pinterest or on her blog at ShanaNorris.net.