Five Ways to Show Gratitude this Giving Tuesday
Write a Letter
Take the time this Tuesday to sit down with a pen and paper and write a thank you note (or ten!) to someone you appreciate.
This is a great activity for kids that not only allows them to practice writing and spelling, but also encourages thoughtfulness and empathy for others. Have fun brainstorming all of the people in you and your child’s life that you are thankful for. This can be family members, friends, teachers, and other members of society.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
One way we can practice gratitude every day is by keeping a journal. Writing something we are thankful for each day allows us to have a moment of reflection and positivity in our day, giving us greater perspective and appreciation.
Here is a free printout to use with your child to keep the habit going.
Volunteering is a great activity to do with the whole family. Have your child do some research and brainstorming about a cause they care about. Caring for animals, the environment, or helping those who are in need of food and safety are just some ideas.
Here is a list of local organizations that are looking for volunteers of all ages.
Make a Donation
Put that allowance or birthday money to good use! Or, have your child clean out their room and choose 2-3 items they would like to donate (toys, clothes, etc). You can even encourage your child to make a donation box for their school, or create handmade items to sell for donations.
Read a Book
There are so many great books that teach lessons in gratitude, and this can be a great starting point for discussing what it means to give.
Check out this list from scholastic here.