Teaching our Children to Give Thanks

Serving Joyfully Gratitude Cards

I shared last week about some of the things we do to teach our children about the historical aspect of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a day that is so rich with history that is personal for our country, and this is a day that we celebrate that  important aspect of our nation’s history. When we remember how the Lord provided for the pilgrims in a pretty amazing way–one that only He could have orchestrated. And we have our own feast, celebrate with our families–a reminder that the Lord is the one who provides for us. We know that every good and perfect gift comes from above.

While Thanksgiving is a special day, we don’t ever want gratitude to be confined to one special day. [Read this post about how the practice of daily, intentional gratitude has impacted my own life]

Giving thanks to God is not just for Thanksgiving. It is for every single day that we take draw breath. God’s word tells us, “in everything give thanks.” (1 Thess 5:18)

How we teach our kids to give thanks

Here are a few of our favorite books about giving thanks. I appreciate that these stories all focus on the gifts as well as the giver.

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Also, I want to note here that one of the BEST ways to teach your kids Thanksgiving is to model it. This includes that you take pains to avoid the opposite of giving thanks–complaining! Complaining cultivates an attitude of bitterness and not gratitude or thankfulness.

Free Gratitude Cards Download for YOU

In the spirit of giving thanks, I have created these free printable gratitude cards. These cards are included as a part of my Thanksgiving Fun Pack  (so if you have that, you already have the cards). However, I am offering the gratitude cards here for instant download–no liking or following necessary. Just my gift to you.

This free download contains 18 cards. Many cards contain images of things children might be thankful for. I have also included 4 blank cards that you can use to create your own if desired.

We use these cards as reminders to practice gratitude, and also as prayer reminders. It’s fun to spread them all out and let my boys take turns choosing which thing they are most thankful for until they are all gone. These cards are especially helpful for shy children, or those who might struggle a bit when it comes to thinking on the spot. Getting started with some ideas is a great way to take the pressure off, and also to get their own ideas flowing. Click the link below to view, print, or save the cards.

Download Your Free Gratitude Cards

Note: Graphics used in this download are from www.mycutegraphics.com and used by permission. 


  1. Kaci Adair says

    Could you send this to me…i liked you on Facebook and i only have access to the pirate download, i wish to have the gratitude cards thanks so much

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Sure, Kaci! Sorry for the confusion. You can download the gratitude cards by clicking the big letters at the bottom “download your free gratitude cards here” It doesn’t look like a link until you hover over it.

  2. says

    I can't wait to use these this year! It bugs me that everyone is in a rush for Christmas every year. We all need to slow down and remember how important it is to be grateful for what we have. :)

  3. says

    Thank you so much for the cards they are amazing and I agree that thanksgiving is an all year round thing but I am so thankful (pun intended) it also has its own day because it is such an important lesson, just like love (Feb 14th) and Christmas (Dec 25th)

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