{Handmade Journal} Gratitude Activity for Kids

Help children count their blessings with this simple  gratitude activity  for kids.

This is a wonderful  gratitude activity  because you just need a few basic supplies.  You and your child  can create a beautiful journal where they record  all the things they are thankful  for.  This project is also a wonderful way to repurpose some of that beautiful kiddo artwork you have on the fridge!



And while they fill out their journal they can draw what they are grateful for and/or practice their writing skills from making simple words to complex sentences, depending on the age of the child.  How fun would it be to create one of these each  year and watch your child’s skills and thoughts change and develop over time?!

We could all use a fun gratitude activity  to focus on all that we have instead of all that we want.  Help your child develop this valuable life skill and create a fun keepsake in the process.

To Make a Gratitude Activity Journal  for Kids You’ll Need

  • Artwork by your child, such as a painting
  • Plain white paper
  • Hole punch
  • Small brads

How to make a gratitude journal

How to Make a Gratitude Activity Journal for Kids

  1. Fold your piece of artwork in half to create the cover.
  2. Fold several sheets of plain paper to crete the pages.  You might need to trim them down slightly so that they fit inside the cover.
  3. Place the sheets inside the cover and punch several holes along the folded edge.
  4. Install brads to bind you book. Note: if you don’t have brads you can skip the hole punching and use a row of staples instead.
  5. Write “I am grateful for …” on the first page.
  6. Have your child fill the journal with drawings/words describing things they are grateful for.

I hope this simple journal encourages you and your children to give thanks and focus on all the wonderfully positive things in your lives.

Looking for more journal  activities? Check out this Thanksgiving Family Journal!

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