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As part of our focus on gratitude, the children and I read The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful by Colleen Coble.
In this story, Punky Grace begins her day feeling very grumpy because things aren’t turning out the way she hoped they would.
Maybe you can relate to this kind of morning? I know I can. And I know my children can too!
So, Punky’s Grammy suggests that they have an adventure and fill up Punky’s Blessings Jar with things that God has given her. By the end of the day, Punky’s grumpies are gone as she realizes how many things God has blessed her with!
This week, we created our own Blessings Jar using a clean pasta sauce jar and a piece of card stock the girls decorated and taped onto it.
Then, the kids hunted for things they are thankful for to fill their jar.
They filled it up to the very tippy top and included things like grass, leaves, a shell, little toys, clothes – only undies would fit in the jar but don’t worry, they were clean 🙂 and play food, among other things.
It was a wonderful opportunity for them to think about what they are thankful for and find an object to represent it. Their favorite part was adding each item to the jar!
This is such an easy and fun way for kids (and parents) to reflect on all the blessings God has given them!
Will you and your children create your own blessings jar?
And if you are looking for other ways to guide your children to reflect on their blessings, you can get your FREE 31-Day Gratitude Journal for Kids.
This post is part of the Kids Are Thankful Blog Hop where you can find more Thanksgiving books, crafts and activities.