Hooray! Let’s play a Thanksgiving game and make a thankful jar full of thanks and grateful wishes. We can use it at home or in our classrooms. It’s fun to create it with kids and help them learn about appreciation.

Let’ start!

Not so ordinary jar


How fun can it be to create our own, special thankful jars? Kids will absolutely adore this activity and you will have an opportunity to teach them to be grateful for little things.

They can create their own jars or one mutual jar with their wishes and thankful messages inside. We’ve decided to make one jar for all the nice, thankful wishes by Lipa children.

So, what do we need to create one?

  • Jar
  • Colored papers
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Pens

Feel free to use any size or material for your thankful jar. Kids can also paint patterns on it with glass paints to create a designed jar that will be your table decoration.

Preparation and thankful messages


Cut colored paper into smaller pieces (as shown on the picture above). Let your kids use pens or colored pencils to draw a pattern on each piece of paper, and then write thankful messages. It’s good to talk about what your little ones feel thankful for and help them shape those messages on their pieces of paper. Here are some of our ideas that you can use:

  • I am thankful for my eyes so I can see beautiful birds in my garden.
  • I am thankful for my friends because I have someone to play with.
  • I am thankful for my brother because I can share my toys with him.
  • I am thankful for my sister because I like sharing my bedroom with her.
  • I am thankful for my toys because they make my bedroom so nice.
  • I am thankful for my ears because I like music.
  • I am thankful for my parents because they love me.
  • I am thankful for my school because I learnt to read and write.
  • I am thankful for my legs because I can run fast.

Find other lovely grateful messages in the beautiful children’s book we’ve recently presented to you, The Thankful Book.

Thankful jar can help you organize a so called thankful time once a week, and enjoy reminding yourselves about appreciation and all the special moments you go through every day. This will help your little ones understand how happy and lucky they are, and become appreciative kids. You can even use the jar for your Thanksgiving dinner and let other members of your family fill the jar with their messages and read them out loud.

Do you have any special thankful wish you’d love to share with us?