What do you say? This is a parental reminder to our children to say 'thank you' and express gratitude. That often produces a rote response which does not sound heartfelt. This week, on Playful Prechool, our team of Blogger educators is focusing on teaching gratitude to children in lessons that go beyond reminders. I hope you have been enjoying the weekly themed activities and are following our hashtag, #playfulpreschool across social media so that you can enjoy all of the free lesson plans.
If you have been following Capri + 3 for a while, you know we enjoy doing hand and footprint crafts. This week, Greg made two FREE PRINTABLES for you to use with your children or students which read, "Gratitude, Put Your Best Foot Forward." One is horizontal for smaller feet and the other is vertical for bigger feet. Our four 4 year-old children could barely fit their feet in the horizontal page, so I suggest you use the vertical if your children are over the age of four or have longer feet.
Gratitude: Put Your Best Foot Forward Footprint Craft:
You Will Need:
- Washable Paint
- Vertical FREE Footprint Printable or Horizontal Free Footprint Printable
- Paint Brush
- Wipes, wet paper towels or wash rag to clean feet after footprints
After you have printed the Gratitude sheet, use the paint brush to paint your child's foot. We printed their feet for them so that the footprints wouldn't smear. If your child is able to stand on the paper without smearing the footprint, that would work too. Wash their feet. Allow to dry.
We also did a gratitude activity that went along with the footprint craft. We went to a local hiking trail, and they took turns saying one thing they were thankful for with each step. Here is a video of Capri 'putting her best foot forward' to talk about gratitude.
How have you conveyed the concept of gratitude to your children or students? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
Check out the Gratitude Themed Activities from the rest of the Playful Preschool Team:
The Giving Tree- An Attitude of Gratitude in Preschool from The Preschool Toolbox
Literacy Activities: Giving and Being Thankful Ideas from Growing Book by Book
Teaching Kids Thank You in Different Languages from Still Playing School
Thankful Rocks: A Visual Reminder to Be Thankful from Mom Inspired Life
Gratitude Sensory Bin from Learning 2 Walk
Gratitude- Put Your Best Foot Forward Footprint Activity from Capri +3
Gratitude Sensory Jar from Tiny Tots Adventures
Non-Verbal Ways to Show Gratitude from Life Over C's