We obviously wouldn’t have Thanksgiving without gratitude, and I love to place extra emphasis on gratitude throughout November. Even if you haven’t started gratitude activities yet, it isn’t too late to prepare one or more gratitude activities for home or school. Many of these activities are designed for any time during the year.
Montessori-Inspired Gratitude Activities
I have a post with a Montessori gratitude jar for year-round gratitude.
You can always have a Thanksgiving display, nature tray, or nature table with a gratitude theme.
Along with Thanksgiving activities, To the Lesson! has a lovely gratitude-focused Thanksgiving display in the classroom.
Inner Child Fun combines gratitude and activities with a gratitude activity jar.
Jodie from Growing Book By Book has simple steps to help your child start a gratitude journal at Let’s Lasso the Moon. Kids Activities Blog has another gratitude journal.
Crafting Connections has a gratitude practice for kids focused on mealtimes: making napkin rings.
Kids Yoga Stories has gratitude yoga.
Teach Beside Me has a game that features gratitude and fine-motor coordination: gratitude pick-up sticks.
Katie from Live Craft Eat combines a sewing activity and gratitude with thankful hearts at Let’s Lasso the Moon.
NAMC has a post on teaching gratitude – a look at Montessori values during the holidays.
Age of Montessori has a post on gratitude and appreciation.
For Small Hands has ideas for giving thanks and making gifts.
The Little Young Masters Little Wisdom Discovery Program: Gratitude
The Young Masters Little Wisdom Discovery Program was designed for 4-8 year olds in Montessori schools. The curriculum is being offered as a free download from Dream a World! One of the lessons is about gratitude. (The lessons are about Secrets of the Heart: friendship, imagination, gratitude, courage, creativity and love.)
Here’s a post about the program: What is The Hidden Treasure? Montessori kids find out at New Jersey Montessori School.
Here are some videos from the program:
Young Masters Appreciation Video (game/song)
Young Masters Hidden Treasure Video (“Everyday is a Gift” song)
“Secrets of the Heart” Used in an Elementary School
“Thank You Song” from Dream a World
Here’s a great song from the friendship lesson:
“Little Seeds of Kindness” (just LOVE this video!)
You could always include that in your gratitude activities … showing acts of kindness as a way to express our gratitude for all we’ve been given.
More Gratitude Activities
I have a number of resources for encouraging gratitude at Bits of Positivity:
Thanksgiving Pinterest Board
I have a Kids’ Thanksgiving Activities Pinterest board that I use for pinning Thanksgiving activities of all types and for many levels. I add gratitude activities to the board as well. There are many ideas for thankful trees and other gratitude activities. Just choose an activity that you feel drawn to and that looks like it would be fun and meaningful for your unique family.
What are your favorite family gratitude activities?
Montessori Monday Link-Up
Except for content, this is a no-rules linky. If you have some Montessori-inspired activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. They can be for home or classroom. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post.
If you’re wondering what’s considered “Montessori inspired” and what to link up (or not link up), check out my “What Is Montessori Inspired?” post. Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date. Don’t link to giveaway posts (unless the giveaway is only part of a Montessori-inspired post). Giveaways in general should go on my giveaway linky. Also, don’t link directly to products. You can link up a review of a Montessori product or activity post related to a Montessori product.
I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky each Monday morning and keep the linky open throughout the week. I do a lot of sharing on the Living Montessori Now Facebook page from the Montessori Monday link-up. Thanks for participating!
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