Productive Play Recap
Character Trait Thankfulness
Thanks to all who tuned in to Productive Play this week. With holiday season around the corner, we talked about activities that help teach and reinforce the character trait of thankfulness! We shared four specific activities that you can do with your child or children to encourage acts of being thankful.
After each Productive Play show, we recap the episode here on the Word of Mom Radio Blog. Everyone is busy, so if you had to tune out early, missed the original show, or need a refresher of the activities and what we discuss, this is where you can check back and find all the information you need! Be sure to listen in next month as we continue the teaching thankfulness with three more activities.
4 (of 7) Activities to Teach/Show Thankfulness
1. Role Model- this should be the most obvious as our children watch adults each and every move. When you are engaging in a thankful behavior, be sure your child is aware or understands why you are doing such behavior. For example: if your friend babysat your child while you had an appointment, make them some cookies to say thank you for their time. Have your child help you with the cookies and talk about why that was a nice thing for your friend to do for you.
2. Thankful List- have your child dictate to you what they are thankful for at the end of each day and write it down for them. Maybe create a thankfulness journal or just write on a sheet of paper and keep it on the table for everyone to review the next morning at breakfast. You could also write what they are thankful for on Post-It notes and stick to bathroom mirrors or windows. Another idea is to create thankfulness paper “chain” using construction paper. Write something you or your child is thankful on each piece of paper then link together a staple of glues strip together and continue linking circles together to make a chain.
3. Thank You Notes- sitting down with a young child with paper and crayons, to create a picture to give to say “Thank You” will lead to an older child naturally knowing to write a thank you note for not only material gifts but for acts of kindness too. A great rainy day project is to have child “draw” or “scribble” pictures on one side of a blank 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 index cards to make thank you postcards. An adult can write on the other side a thank you message to the receiver. Just draw a line down the middle of the back of the card using one side for the message and the other side for address and stamp. By having these cards ready to go, it is easy to quickly send a thank you.
4. Participate in a Service Project- Participating in an event with your whole family to help someone else makes you thankful for what you have. Perhaps a Canned Food Drive is happening at your church or school. In our city volunteering in food banks and soup kitchens, providing supplies for Homeless shelters, checking in on a Senior citizen, helping at an animal shelter, are just some of the opportunities. Go to VolunteerMatch.org and type in your city to find a way to volunteer. For young children, filling and decorating a shoebox of needed items for a child can help them become aware that not all children have toys, food, or clothes. Shopping and packing the box while chatting about how grateful we are to be able to share with others helps a child to feel like he is contributing. Check out samaritanspurse.org or Military Moms Prayer Group Thank You Package for more information.
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha