Since it’s now the month of November, Miffy’s started thinking about Thanksgiving – it’s such a fun holiday! Aside from all her favorite home-cooked holiday menu items, Miffy’s family also plays a few gratitude games to help them all think about the reason for the season.
To be like Miffy and practice an attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving, try out the games below!
For this activity you’ll need a jar, a few sheets of paper and writing utensils – Glitter, stickers and other decorations for the jar are optional. Each day leading up to Thanksgiving, have everyone in your family write down or draw something or someone they are thankful for and why and then put it in the jar. Then, at your Thanksgiving table pass the jar around and have each person read or show the picture on each piece of paper until there are no more left. Tip: if someone you’re grateful for is mentioned and they’re not at your Thanksgiving meal this year, give them a call or send them a letter to share why you appreciate them.
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
Every once in a while, it’s important to stop and smell the roses. One great way to remind yourself of the little things in life you enjoy is through a gratitude scavenger hunt! For this activity you’ll need a sheet of paper, writing utensils, and a camera or camera phone.
- First, you’ll need to create a key. The key could have “Gratitude Scavenger Hunt” at the top and then a set of directions reading “Find things you are grateful for and then check it of the list!” Examples of scavenger hunt directions could include “Find something that you are grateful for in nature”, “Find something that you eat that tastes good”, or “Find something that makes you feel unique”.
- Once you’ve created the scavenger hunt key, get your camera or camera phone ready. Then, set off to snap pictures of your favorite things and check each item off the list once you’ve captured a photo.
- Once you have all of the photos collected, you could arrange them in a scrapbook so you can revisit all of your favorite things.
- Turn this into a competition with family members or friends by timing the hunt. Whoever completes their sheet the fastest wins.
Gratitude Pick Up Sticks:
With this game, each time you pick up a stick you have to name something you are grateful for. Each color represents a different type of thing. It’s a great way to remind yourself of all the different things you are grateful for! To play, hold all the sticks in your hand and drop them. They will fall randomly and that is great. Then each player takes a turn pulling a stick from the pile. Tip: if you don’t have the pick up sticks game, you could either paint chopsticks, or use colored paper straws!
See example below for what the different stick colors could represent:
Red Sticks: People you are thankful for
Orange Sticks: Places you are thankful for
Green Sticks: Foods you are thankful for
Blue Sticks: Things you are thankful for
Purple Sticks: Miscellaneous- Your choice of something you are thankful for