Being Thankful Activities for Kids, Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving is a time of year where we reflect on all the wonderful things we have in out lives and give thanks.   We shouldn’t just remember to be thankful around Thanksgiving but all year round.  Check out these activities below that can be done year round to teach kids and reflect on being thankful for what we have and build character.
1.  Give daily thanks:  Once a day either At breakfast, dinner or any mealtime when the family is together at the table go around table and everyone name one thing they are thankful for and why.
2.  Remember a loved one: Make a card with your child to send to a family member, friend or loved one giving thanks for something they have done for you or just to say thank you for being someone special in your life.  Take a trip to the post office with your child to send it out.  You can do this weekly or monthly.
3. Thankful Collage: Take poster board or large piece of construction paper and have your child fill it with pictures of things they are thankful for.  Have them write in the middle I Am Thankful For…
4. Donate Food:  Go through your kitchen cabinets with your child.  Talk to your child about how some people do not have enough food to eat and how they should be thankful that they do. Take canned food that you will not use and go with your child to a local food pantry or church to donate it.
5.  Donate Toys/Clothing: Have your child go through their toys and clothes. Talk to your child about how some kids do not have toys to play with or nice clothes to wear. Have them pick some toys out that they are not going to play with and clothes/ shoes that are in good condition that they are not going to wear. Donate the toys and clothes a local homeless shelter, church, or Department of Social Services.
6. Random Acts of Kindness: Do random acts of kindness in your neighborhood or for friends or family.  Some examples or random acts of kindness are help a neighbor bring in groceries, make cupcakes or cookies and bring them to a neighbor or friend/family, have your child make color pictures and put them in neighbors mailboxes etc…
7. I’m Thankful Book: Take a photo album or scrap book and have your child put pictures of people, places they’ve been, things they have that they are thankful for.  Under each picture have your child write about why they are thankful for the person, place or thing in the picture.  You can take a bunch of pictures and make the book at one time or add one picture at a time adding new pictures as your child experiences new things they are thankful for.
8. Helping others: Contact a local children’s hospital and find out what the kids need or would like.  Make a gift basket (crayons and coloring books are always good) of some items to donate to the children’s hospital.  Take a trip with your child to drop off the basket.  Talk to your child about how some children are sick and to be thankful to be healthy.

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50 Creative Writing Topics for kids

Updated 8/16

 

Materials: Paper, pens/pencils, markers/crayons
Creative writing is a great way for children to express themselves.  How do you get kids to want to write without complaining?  Give them fun topics which they will learn about themselves while writing.  Have them draw a picture or collage to go with their essay.
Creative writing is not just for older children.  I’ve done this many times with children as young as 1st grade. I have them concentrate less on the writing and more on drawing a picture that goes with the topic. Children are great with expressing themselves through art.
Topics
1. Have the children write on top of the page:  I Am Special Because….
2. If I was a super hero what kind out super hero would I be and what powers would I have (This can also be done using villains)?
3.What do I want to be when I grow up and why?
4. If you were given 3 wishes what would they be and why?
5. If I could invent a new animal what kind of animal would I make (i.e sounds, diet, where the animal lives etc…)?
6. If I could invent a new toy what kind of toy would I create and why?
7. If I could make something disappear in my life what would it be and why?
8. All About me essay. Have children write about all their likes and dislikes.
9. What ways do I help my family? Have children write about the ways they help their families (i.e chores, help mommy cook etc…).
10. How can I be a better friend?  Have children write about things they can do to be a nicer, kinder friend.
11. If you could be invisible what would you do and why?
12. What do you think about bullies and why?
13. Why is it important to be honest and not lie?
14. What would do if you won a million dollars?
15. If you could change the world what would you do and why?
16. If you were a king/queen what would you do and why?
17. If you could invent a video game what kind of game would you create and why?
18. Write about a time when you had to be brave, what did you do, how did it feel?
19. Write about a trip to the moon, how did you get there, what did you see, was it fun or scary?
20. Write about something you are really good at?
21. Write about 1 thing you want to learn about?
22. Write about a time when you worked really hard to get something.
23. Write about 5 things you could de better if you worked really hard and gave more effort.
24. If you had to give away $1,000 what would you do with it, who would you give it to?
25. What is the best thing someone has ever given to you?
26. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
27. Write about what you can teach others.
28. Did ever get into an argument with a friend for family member? How did that make you feel?
29. Did you ever hurt someone’s feelings?  Explain what happened, how it made you feel
30. Did someone ever hurt your feelings? How did it made you feel? Did you talk to that person about it?
31. Is there anyone you would like to switch places with? who and why
32. What does it mean to be loyal?
33. When was a time you were loyal to a friend or a friend was loyal to you?
34. Has a friend ever betrayed you? How did it make you feel? What do you think your friend should have done differently.
35. Have you ever been friends with someone who was unpopular or not part of the group?
36. When was a time you felt you were treated unfairly? How did it make you feel?
37. Is it fair to give someone a head start in a race?  When is it fair? When is it not fair?
38. Write about a time when you had a strong opinion about something? Why did you feel so strongly about it?
39. Write about a time you made a big mistake.  How did you fix it?
40. Write about a time when you were very angry.  What happened?
41. If you heard a rumor about a friend that you new wasn’t true what would you do? How would it make you feel?
42. Write about a time when you cheered someone up. What did you do, how did if make you feel, how did it make that person feel?
43. Write about a time that you used your inner strength to get through a tough situation.
44. Write about 3 things that are hard for you and why.
45. When was the last time you were afraid? What scared you, how did you react?
46. What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
47. Who is your hero and why?
48. What do you think risk taking is?  Have you ever took a risk?
49. Write about your best friend. Who are they, how long have you known them, why are they your best friend?
50. What does it mean to have good character? Do you think you have good character, why?

51.Think about something you are not allowed to do but wish you could.  Write about why you want to do it and why you should be allowed to do it.

52. If you could be on a t.v show which one would it be any why?

53. If you had to choose to be one age for the rest of your life which age would you want to be?  Why?

54.  If you could pick the perfect job what would it be?

55. You just found a treasure map, write about what you would do next.  Do you decide to look for the treasure?  Who is going to help you?  What supplies do you need?

56. You just built a time machine.  Where in time would you go?  What did you do?  What did you see?  Would you want to stay there or come back to present time?

57.  You just discovered a new land.  What are you going to call your land?  What kind of animals live there?  What do you discover on your land?  What are you going to build on your new land?

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58.  Group writing project.  Create a fairy tale.  Have each member of the group write one part of the story.

 

If you are working with younger children, instead of having them write, you can have them draw and answer questions about their drawing.  Try some of these topics.

1  Create a monster.  Your monster can be silly, scary, funny, big, little, colorful etc..  What is your monster’s name?  What does your monster eat?  Where does your monster live?  Is your monster nice or mean?  You can write the answers to the questions on the paper for the child or have them come up and share their drawing, while they are showing their picture ask them the questions about their monster.

2.  Create an animal.  This is the same as the monster but just an animal instead.

Me Tree Self-Esteem Character Building Arts and Crafts Project for Kids

This is a fun activity to do with kids.  In this activity children will create a tree that represents positive things about themselves.  This is a great project that can be displayed in a classroom or on the wall of the child’s room to remind them about how special they are.

 

Materials: 11×14 white paper, construction paper, crayons, markers, glue
  1. Have each child draw a tree trunk with branches on the white paper.
  2. Have each child cut out leaves from the construction paper.
  3. On the leaves have each child write something they like about themselves.
  4. Glue the leaves to the tree.
  5. Have the children color the paper

 

Try this:
Instead of drawing a tree, draw a flower.  On each petal have the children write something positive above themselves.

flower

 

All About Me Collage for Kids Self-Esteem/Character Building Activity for Kids

This All About Me Collage is a great activity to do with a group of children or for an individual child. A collage is a form of art where various pictures are arranged and glued to paper.  In this activity children make a collage that represents the things they like.  Ask kids what makes you, you? Let them tell you through art.  Follow the simple directions below to make an All About Me Collage.

Materials: Oaktag cut in half or any sturdy paper, Magazines, scissors, glue and markers
  1. Give each child a piece of paper.
  2. Have each child write his/her name in the middle of the paper.
  3. Have the children go through magazines and cut out pictures that represent them (i.e favorite color, food, style, sports,music what they want to be when they grow up and other things they like).
  4. When they have all their pictures cut out have them glue them to the paper around their name.  They can also draw pictures if like. Make sure that the children are glueing their pictures so they almost overlap leaving not blank spots on their paper.
  5. If doing this activity with a group of children have each child explain their collage to the group.
This activity is always a big hit with kids.  They have fun going through the magazines finding pictures. This is a great get to you know you activity. Sometimes kids are shy at first but once one stands up and explains what they made all the others will want to do they same.    You’ll learn a lot about the child and the child will feel good about themselves.