To encourage staff to take a minute out of their day to reflect on what they’re thankful for, Nancy Mooney, RN, School Nurse and Healthy School Team Leader, coordinates a regular “Thankful Thursday” activity for the staff.
This month, staff were treated to coffee, tea, and hot cocoa as well as treats in the media room. WPHS Cafeteria Manager, Willie Wright, and the members of the WPHS Healthy School Team came together to provide this wonderful activity for all WPHS staff.
Looking for activities to entertain your kids while teaching them about gratitude this Thanksgiving? We’ve created a list of our favorites:
Thanksgiving Tree – On one side of your leaf, write what you are thankful for and on the other side, something nice you have done for someone.
Gratitude Mobile – Similar to the Thanksgiving Tree, this project helps kids express what their thankful for.
Mayflower Gratitude Boat – This is a great craft to do with kids, and it doesn’t require much in way of materials, just a paper grocery bag, tape, copier paper, scissors, a skewer and crayons.
Gratitude Rolls – These rolls put a fun “foodie” twist to expressing our gratefulness in a unique and creative way that will impact your children for years to come.
Be Thankful Garland – A decoration that displays your gratitude.
Thankful Heart Turkey – Teach your kids to be thankful with a thankful heart turkey where they can write who or what they are grateful for this year.
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving gratitude project for kids? Share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
Surprise children with a gift. It represents something they didn’t ask for, rather than something to which they’re entitled. It also takes away having to choose between options, and helps relieve the feeling that the child could have selected something better.
Talk with your child about things that you are thankful for, including the best parts of your day. Focus on a positive attitude.
Share stories of your family history, hardships and hard work.
Encourage your child to offer help to people who appreciate it.
Teach your child to say thank you. Be a good example by always expressing your gratitude.
Show children the joy of giving to others.
Teach kids responsibility by creating age-appropriate daily chores. Have older kids help out with younger kids.
Don’t expose kids to social media and advertisements that can make them want more, while feeling they actually have less.