A Preschooler’s Guide to Giving Thanks

Being thankful should be more than just one day out of the year.

Giving thanks is a difficult topic for preschoolers sometimes. The bombardment of toy commercials paired with a child’s natural ‘I want more’ tendency can make a holiday like Thanksgiving to be nothing more than a time to play with cousins. As a pre-cursor to the Christmas holiday, I wanted my children to have a period of time where they focus their minds on being thankful for people and things with which they have been blessed.

A Preschooler’s Guide to Giving Thanks is a downloadable and printable book that I am offering for FREE this year to my readers. Since Thanksgiving is on November 28 this year, there are 28 days of Thankfulness Topics. Print off the pages, and each morning review the Thankfulness Topic with your Preschooler. Talk about why you are personally thankful for each day’s topic, and let your preschooler talk about why he or she is thankful, too!

I’ve included blank pages at the end of the book that you can print off to replace a day if you had rather discuss a different Thankfulness Topic than the one listed for the day.

Part of truly giving thanks is not just talking- it’s also showing thanks. For that reason, each day in this Preschooler’s Guide to Giving Thanks contains at least one Thankfulness Task. The Thankfulness Task may be something as simple as sharing, or it could be as involved as making a treat for a teacher. Use the Thankfulness Task mentioned, or come up with your own. Get creative and let the little ones help discover ways to show thankfulness.

Here is an example of one of the pages from the Guide.

A Preschooler's Guide at Giving Thanks Day Three Page Example from It Happens in a Blink

Click on the the link to be taken to the download page!



  1. says

    This is AMAZING, Melanie! I love the idea of really utilizing this with my boys- it gets so frustrating that “more, more, more, me, me, me” way they can have too often! You are awesome :)

  2. says

    I love this, Melanie! Being the mom of preschoolers (and ones who just LOVE booklets and colouring and being asked all sorts of questions) – this is a fantastic project for us! I’m definitely downloading (and pinning) it! :)

  3. says

    Wow this is amazing! I love this and I totally think we need to do this this year! It also works out great for us because Thanksgiving is the same day as Hanukkah this year so we can put it all together! Thank you for sharing and stopping by Family Fridays!!!

  4. says

    I think it’s wonderful that you’re offering your book for free to your readers! What a way to be generous! I’m so glad I stopped by from Create and Inspire Blog Hop! (my link up was #92 Easy Creamy Spaghetti)

  5. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this great idea. My oldest just turned 3 and we are focusing on giving thanks for this month of homeschooling. You book is a perfect way to start our homeschooling day.


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