Your family will enjoy these meaningful Thanksgiving activities to help encourage a grateful mindset. We’re firm believers that being grateful and kind is not just for Thanksgiving, but also realize that this is the perfect time of year to think about how lucky we really may be!
Encourage a Grateful Mindset with Meaningful Thanksgiving Activities
As we enter this season of plenty, it’s important to embody gratitude. Especially when considering current events, our abundance becomes overly clear. Feeling and expressing gratitude can actually improve mental health and help us feel better!
We really don’t have to worry about much here in the First World (covid aside). We have plenty of food. We have warm clothes and homes, cars to get us places, and more toys, books, and movies than anyone really needs.
Some people naturally put others first, but that’s not always the case with everyone. If you’re looking for a few Thanksgiving activities this year to help remember that we really have it pretty good, you’re in the right place.
I hope your family and friends enjoy these kid friendly thanksgiving games. Some of them you can do on turkey day at the Thanksgiving dinner table. This list of Thanksgiving activities for families also includes a few classic games like Thanksgiving bingo, crafts you might need a glue gun for, scavenger hunts, free printables, turkey bowling, turkey tag, and more.
Get a little crazy with your friends and family this year. Have fun and think of ways to be grateful, helpful, and kind. <3
Meaningful Thanksgiving Activities for Families to Encourage Gratitude
If you're looking for meaningful Thanksgiving fun, you will love these activities we found to help encourage laughs and a grateful mindset that might start on THanksgiving, but last the whole year through.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start a gratitude jar to use the whole year. Encourage your family to write down things they're grateful for - could be a family trip, a good grade, a lovely book - anything at all. Then once year, empty the jar and as a family, read through all of the amazing memories from the year!
In my experience, what kids really want is meaningful time with their family. Grab this free parade bingo printable and make watching the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade a little more meaningful this year!
Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.