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Gratitude can be expressed in many forms. A simple thank you can go a long way as well as a note or a drawing from a loved one. Due to families being separated and school closures it's easy for kids to feel disconnected and out of sorts.  I have been thinking about what I am grateful for as well as how to install this appreciation into my children's lives.

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We were inspired by the folks at to get invested in a gratitude practice that involves the entire family. These two simple gratitude activities are easy to pull off and don't require a ton of materials or oversight.

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is a transformative power backed by science. One study showed that practicing gratitude is linked with an uptick in weekly exercise and it can increase our happiness by 25%! 

Printable Gratitude Activities for Kids

Create at Gratitude Jar

You can teach your kids gratitude with a daily gratitude jar activity. Each day, ask your little ones to write down something they’re thankful for. The power of positive thinking can improve their mood and happiness.

Materials needed for your Gratitude Jar

  • 3 sheets of regular paper
  • 1 sheet of sticker paper
  • Scissors
  • A color printer
  • A mason jar

Directions: Start your gratitude jar by printing the cards below on colored paper. Cut along the lines to get 10 gratitude to-do’s. For a full month’s supply, print three times. From there, replace your regular paper with sticker paper and print the gratitude jar label. Cut this label and attach to a mason jar. Voila! You’re ready to start your gratitude jar. Decorate your jar with colorful ribbon or paint. 

Click here to download FREE Gratitude Jar PDF printables

Gratitude Thank You Notes

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Gratitude Thank You Notes

Giving to others is a great way to boost your own spirits. This is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family you don't get to see in person. And don't forget about teachers or those working hard right now in the post office and grocery stores.

Materials Needed for Gratitude Thank You Notes

  • 1 sheet of regular paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • A color printer

Directions: Print your thank you notes at home on regular paper (or cardstock for a sturdier feel). Make sure to use color ink to take advantage of our colorful and creative design. When you’re finished printing, cut along the lines so you have individual thank you notes. Then, start writing your messages of thanks.

Click here to download FREE Gratitude Thank you note PDF printables

Get more Gratitude Practices from Bestow

Gratitude is kid of like exercise, you need to practice it regularly for the best results. Bestow has more ideas on how to work being thankful into your daily life.

About Bestow

Bestow is a new kind of life insurance company. It was founded but two dads who wondered why life insurance us so complicated. You can find out more here. 


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