Gratitude - A Kids Tool Card Activity

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An excerpt from the Positive Discipline Tools for Kids Guidebook (Coming Soon!)

by Jane Nelsen, Aisha Pope, Mary Nelsen Tamborski, and Lois Ingber


Today is Thanksgiving! A day to express our gratitude for the many blessings in our life. We recently released our new Kids Tool Cards which has a card specifically designed to help kids learn about Gratitude. We will soon be releasing the companion Guidebook which is full of activities for teaching social emotional skills. Today we are offering a download preview of the Gratitude section of the guidebook. Click Here to download your free preview.

Here is a small sample of what is in the Guidebook:

Reflection Questions

  1. Look at the picture.
    • What is she thinking about?
    • What is she feeling?
  2. What is gratitude and why is it important?
  3. What are some of the things in your life that you’re grateful for?
  4. Share about a time you expressed gratitude to someone. What was it for? How did they respond? How did it feel to you?

Did You Know?

Did you know that being grateful can actually make you happier? It’s true! People who practice gratitude are more optimistic, feel better physically and emotionally, and even sleep better. Gratitude can be as simple as remembering to say “thank you”. It might take more effort, such as keeping a gratitude journal.

Let's Practice

Sometimes it’s hard to think of all the things you’re grateful for, especially when you’re not in a good mood. Here are some suggestions that might help...

  • Start with people in your life:
    • Name someone in your family you are grateful for.
    • Name a friend you are grateful for.
    • Name someone from your school you are grateful for.
    • Name anyone else you are grateful for.


Online Learning

Positive Discipline offers online learning options for parents, teachers, and parent educators. Learn in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. You have unlimited access to our online streaming programs, so you can watch and re-watch the videos as often as you like.