Display these deeds of gratitude leaves in your home for the month of November as reminders to be thankful and grateful to those around you.

Deeds of Gratitude is a great way to teach your kids more about gratitude and create a new Thanksgiving tradition for your family!

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*IMPORTANT NOTE* Unfortunately, the Deeds of Gratitude kit is no longer available. However, I have decided to keep this post on my site because I think that the idea behind it is still worth sharing. I will share below how you could adapt this activity from the original and use it in your family.

When I was growing up, the dictionary was one of my best friends.  It wasn’t because I loved looking up words and their meanings.  No, it was because whenever my mom used a word I didn’t know and I said, “What does that mean?” that she would say, “Go look it up.”  I had kind of a ridiculous vocabulary for an elementary student as a result and even got questioned by my teachers a few times because they thought my mom had written a paper or done my homework for me.

A desire to understand the meaning of different words has stuck with me throughout the years and as we approach Thanksgiving, I’ve been considering the difference between two words: thankful and grateful. So often we use the words thankful and grateful interchangeably and it’s easy to forget that they actually have different meanings.  I think this quote sums it up really well: 

“Thankfulness is measured by the number of our words.  Gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions.”

David O. McKay

To me, this means that when we have gratitude, we are taking our thankfulness a step further by taking action.  I’m not negating the importance of saying thank you to people, however, I’ve noticed how much more appreciated I feel when someone takes the time to write me a note or drop off a small gift or treat to emphasize their previous words of thanks.

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How to Make Your Own Deeds of Gratitude Kit

Supplies Needed

For the leaves, you can buy precut leaves in different colors, or you can cut some out using a die cut machine or a personal cutting machine (I love my Silhouette!). Punch a hole at the top of the leaves and string the twine through. You can see the original kit below for an idea of what was included.

Deeds of Gratitude is a great way to teach your kids more about gratitude and create a new Thanksgiving tradition for your family!

How to Introduce the Deeds of Gratitude to Your Family

To introduce the idea of gratitude to our young kids (5 and 3 at the time of the original post), we decided to do a short family night activity with our kids to kick things off.  We started with a video about gratitude to help introduce the topic and keep their attention.  (You can find 10 short videos here about gratitude.)

Then we talked about being thankful, why it’s important and how it makes us feel when we tell people thank you or they say thank you to us.  We asked the kids what they were thankful for and let them go back and forth for a minute or so.

Next we talked about the word gratitude and how it was different than being thankful.  This is when we brought out the leaves.  I had written out six ways we could show our gratitude by our actions, such as: doing chores without complaining, giving treats to our neighbors and donating unwanted toys.

We talked briefly about each of them and then I asked the kids to think of ways they could show gratitude.  I was pleased and surprised at each of my kids’ responses because they were relevant and showed they had thought about it.  We wrote our deeds on a leaf with the chalk marker included in the kit, then finished up the night with a treat and bedtime.

Deeds of Gratitude is a great way to teach your kids more about gratitude and create a new Thanksgiving tradition for your family!

You can display these deeds of gratitude leaves in your home for the month of November as reminders to be grateful and ways we can show it to those around us.

Deeds of Gratitude is a great way to teach your kids more about gratitude and create a new Thanksgiving tradition for your family!

If you think that the Deeds of Gratitude kit is something you’d like to add to your family traditions, then I encourage you to put one together before November starts. This is a great partner activity to our thankful tree.

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Deeds of Gratitude is a great way to teach your kids more about gratitude and create a new Thanksgiving tradition for your family!

6 Comments

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. I never really think about the difference between being thankful and grateful, your post just made me want to be more conscious of being grateful. In a few years when my little one is older maybe we can do this.

  2. I love this, Shani! Such a fun project and great, simple ways to show gratitude as we move into the holiday season!

  3. I love this wonderful idea!! What a fun family activity to do together! Shell

  4. This the greatest thing ever! I love the unfinished one cause my toddler can paint them and we can hang them on the tree.

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