Friday, November 8, 2013

Gratefulness Game

Origins of “Gratitude Game”

On November 1, my seven year old daughter and I brainstormed the ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Her first suggestion was a game when everyone says what we are grateful for and then we rate each other’s answers and see who wins. I thought about it and modified her suggestions a little bit to come up with a more “playable” game.

Our Rules for “Gratitude Game”

1. Each player gets a pencil and a piece of paper. If you are fancy, you can use this beautiful printable from Meet Penny, but I was in bed with high fever when we played, so we used scratch paper.
2. Timebox your writing giving more time to younger players, and write as many things you are grateful for as possible. I was writing for one minute, Smarty was writing for 3 minutes.
3. Rate your thankful thoughts. We agreed that if two players have the same thankful thought, it automatically gets 10, the rest gets judged by the other player or players.
4. Add up scores (this is where math comes in) and see who won.
5. If you have nothing better to do (or stuck in bed with high fever), create a pretty thankfulness collage with Tagxedo, save it as a picture and hang it up.

3 Minute Gratitude List From a Seven Year Old


  • Home
  • Parents
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Happiness
  • Life
  • Fun
  • Books
  • Play
  • Food
  • Money
  • Laws
  • People protecting our country
  • Policemen
  • Energy

Your Turn

What are your kids putting on their list of things to be grateful for? What’s on yours?


I link this post to Thanksgiving topic of Discover and Explore linky and to my favorite blog hops.

10 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I think my kids would love the timed version of this! They are really enjoying our gratitude tree this year!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like turning it into a game - it has a very warm cozy feeling to it.

CJ said...

Thank you for sharing this game. I think my daughter will enjoy this.

Ticia said...

I'm trying to decide how my kids would react. My daughter would love the writing, my boys on the other hand would hate the writing.

Jill R. said...

Wow, what a cute and fun way to celebrate being grateful. Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

hey said...

Kids have the best ideas when we take the time to listen and adapt! What a wonderfully thankful game.

-jeannine: waddleeahchaa.com

Jacquie Fisher said...

Such a fun game! I love the idea of doing a list and then making that beautiful leaf. I'll be featuring you on our Thanksgiving round-up this week. Thanks for sharing at Discover & Explore!

Jacquie Fisher said...

Such a fun game! I love the idea of doing a list and then making that beautiful leaf. I'll be featuring you on our Thanksgiving round-up this week. Thanks for sharing at Discover & Explore!

Anna said...

Great post! I'll be sharing this as part of my Monday round up.

Ashley said...

Games are always great ways to teach, and what a good thing for kids to learn! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library; I'm featuring you this week!