Want to teach your kids about being thankful? Start this Thanksgiving tradition!
Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition with Your Kids
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start new traditions with your family. It’s a time when family gathers to spend quality time together, often sharing what they are most thankful for and making memories.
For me, it’s all about traditions that make lasting warm memories, ones that will be shared for generations to come. I want my kids to remember spending quality time as a family, instilling in them pride for their family values.
One tradition you can start right now is The Thankful Jar. It can be a week-long, month-long, or even year-long project focusing on thankfulness and gratefulness that is then shared on Thanksgiving Day!
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The Thankful Jar
It’s quite simple, really. First, find a large jar, one large enough to hold slips of paper that will accumulate over the course of a year. For my jar, I used a mason jar (affiliate link), which is just the right size and doesn’t take up too much counter space.
Next, you can add a label to your jar. This is the image I used (click on image for printable). You can even get chalk labels made specifically for mason jars.
When your jar is ready, it’s time to print the “I am thankful for” slips of paper (Click image for printable). Cut them into strips and keep them near the jar with a pen or pencil for easy access!
How to Use the Thankful Jar
At the end of every day (or even once at the end of every week), each family member can take a few minutes to think about something they are thankful for, write it on a slip of paper, and then place it in the jar.
You may have to help little kids, but it’s a great way to practice writing and spelling!
On Thanksgiving, each member of the family can take turns reading each thankful thought and reliving the happy memories from the year. When the jar is empty, it can be returned to its place and new thankful thoughts can start accumulating for the next year!
What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Are you going to start a new Thanksgiving tradition this year? Share with us in a comment below!