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.
Click on the the link to be taken to the download page!
Kirsten @ One Tough Mother says
LOVE your ebook! What a great way to teach gratefulness to the little ones. Very sweet!
This is such a great idea!! I’m totally printing it out for my kids to do!
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 🙂
amy @ one artsy mama says
LOVE it! What a great thing for littles, and a reminder for us all that thanksgiving is a lifestyle.
This is just precious! If I had a child, we would totally do this together!
Tara @ Suburble 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! 🙂
I downloaded it because it’s high time J learns to be thankful, instead of “Daddy, I want this!” Love the idea!
I know, my little one is the same way. It’s so hard to teach preschool age children this, but it’s something they definitely need as a foundation!
autumn eaton says
This is great! I love that it also gives a thankfulness task to do, going to do this with my son!
tara pittman says
Never to early to teach them about thankfulness and giving
Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says
Wow! Even though I’m not a preschooler, I feel like even I could use one of these guides. Such a great idea, Melanie; thanks for sharing it as a freebie, too!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Wonderful. Will try to print later tonight for next month.
This is awesome! I’m definitely printing this for Connor. Thanks for sharing!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Melanie, it’s great to get kids into being thankful at a young age! You’re inspiring so many with this great post!
Stephanie from Minnesota From Scratch says
Aww love this. I have a preschooler and this is perfect!
This is very cute and I am going to Pin it for when my baby gets older.
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!!!
What a great idea! Love it!
Carrie This Home 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)
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Love this!! Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Funday!
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says
So nice of you to offer this freebie!
Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to print this and share this with my daughters.
This is such a great idea, Melanie! You are an amazing Mom, blogger…WOMAN! I gave it a shout out so hopefully more people will stop by and see it!
Amber S 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.