Without a doubt, once November rolls around, you start to see online posts by your friends & family sharing things they’re thankful for. Even though we should be focusing on this every month of the year, we sometimes need a little push to voice it more and share it with our kids as well. Sure Aubrey knows to say thank you when she is given something, but what about beyond that? Could I come up with a way to think those around her that have an impact on her life or her surroundings in a way she would understand?
Every week, on Thursdays, Aubrey’s preschool has a visit from the gardner to cut the grass, pull weeds, tend to the flowers, and they’re always working as we arrive. She says hi to them and she asks me what they’re doing, what their names are, and other things that toddlers are curious about. I wanted to take the time to have her create something to show thanks for them, and a few other folks that have a key role in her upbringing with the preschool. I created a simple printable addressing thanks to 4 people – the gardners, her 2 preschool teachers, and her Pastor. Since she can’t write yet, I added what she is thankful for.
As she colored them in, we talked about what it said, who it was for, and why it’s important to say thank you. Of course, she loves coloring so this was the perfect thing for her to work on.
I told her that we’d put them in the car and bring them the next day and drop off for these special people. She had the job of holding on to them during the super short drive to preschool.
When we arrive at preschool, her teachers & pastor aren’t in yet so she had to leave their notes for them. On the back I wrote who it was to, and who it was from. We had to grab some tape to put on Pastor Kevin’s door, but she did a good job sticking it on there.
And no trip to the office is complete without visiting some of the friends that live there. Pastor Kevin has a HUGE fish tank that all the kids love to visit. Since he wasn’t in, she stopped to look for the frog on a neighboring desk. Isn’t his home so cute?
We then left both notes for her two teachers on the table for them to find when they arrive later in the day. She asked about taping those, but I told her that they would stay put on the table. She also asked me where the notes were for all the other teachers. I told her that we would work on making more next week for them. She has lots of people who care for her throughout the day and glad she wants to share some special notes with them too!
If you want to download the printable thank you set, view this link: Teaching Toddlers Thankfulness. There is 1 blank one with just a “thank you” at the top for you to fill in your own!
Sam’s Club has a monthly magazine they publish and they have them available through their app – Healthy Living Made Simple (currently only available on iPhones and iPads). You can flip through their magazine and read their article on ideas to teach toddlers. And just about Healthy Living in general!
How do you teach your little ones about thankfulness?
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