Thankful and Grateful – The blessing jar

At this time of year there are so many things to be thankful and grateful for. This is the beauty of Thanksgiving; it gives people the opportunity to take stock, stop and think. Why not make a blessing jar to practice the stopping, taking stock and thinking?

  • Sit back and enjoy the little moments
  • Learn on how to be kind to others and show it
  • Reflect on all you have learned
  • Take stock of the good and learn to not sweat the small stuff
  • Choose positivity over negativity
count your blessings plaque


One of the easiest things to do with your children during the Thanksgiving season is to write a gratitude list. The reasons for it are simple – it helps to focus and shift perspective. They don’t need to be “earth shattering” but anything that you are thankful for. Here are some examples:

  • Hot showers
  • Comfy pillows
  • Music
  • Getting to spend time with friends
  • Ice cream treats
  • Going on dates with Dad or Mom
  • Books


How to make a blessing jar:

You will need a jar (like a mason jar or any empty jar)

  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Modge Podge (if you like – though not necessary
  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Small pieces of paper 

What to do:

glue and stick pieces of paper over the jar however you would like to decorate it
add stickers and other fun stuff
tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar

How it works:

  • Whenever you have something to be thankful or grateful for, write it on a piece of paper, fold it up and put it into the jar
  • At Thanksgiving or whenever you need a pick-me-up take out a piece of paper and read it. Read more than one if needed! 
  • This is such a fun and uplifting thing to do.
mason jar blessing jar
mason jars, decorated how you want, are great as blessing jars


There are so many gratitude activities you can do with children. There are several websites with some great ideas.

Here are some gratitude games.

And here are some gratitude exercises.

What are some things that you do as gratitude activities for your children?


There are so many things that I am thankful for. While we have had a rough year with pandemics, and that meant family couldn’t come and visit, etc. I am so thankful for what we have, for what this year has brought us, and what the future holds. And most certainly, without a doubt, I am thankful for my little family and all the love and joy that they bring me.

gratitude for these blessings (my girls)
I am thankful for these creative miracles in my life

If you missed it, why not check out this post on the attitude of gratitude?

Michayla Best

For over 30 years I have worked with children in a variety of capacities, whether as a teacher or tutor, a babysitter, a camp leader, or family advocate. I have always found a way to connect with children, to help them understand themselves and the world around.

I am Mummy to trinational twincesses who keep me on my toes with their questions, their commentaries, their shenanigans and acts of spontenudity.

Wife, world traveler, musician, crafting queen and self-proclaimed nerd; I love to take what I see, glean, know and help families to find their groove and be successful.

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