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Create a gratitude garden to appreciate the joys in your life.

Craft a Gratitude Garden

Turn gratitude into a tangible paper garden.

By taking the time to notice and appreciate good things in your life, you'll teach children to cultivate gratitude all year round.


What you’ll need

  • Our printable template for a Gratitude Garden sign, and for our flower petals.

  • A variety of beautiful paper. Magazine, reused wrapping paper, or newspaper print work, as well as construction and scrapbook paper.

  • Recycled container for your garden – a tin can is perfect, a cracker box with the top half cut off works well too.

  • Markers

  • Glue or tape

  • Buttons, fabric, pipe cleaners, or other embellishments

Instructions

  • Print our templates.

  • Decorate the gratitude fence and glue or tape it to your base.

  • Cut simple petal shapes out of your favorite decorative paper.

  • Cut stems in various lengths (6” to 12”) out of repurposed cereal or pasta boxes.

  • Reflect: what are you grateful for? Write one thing on each petal.

  • Place your garden somewhere nearby, along with any leftover petals and stems. Remember to add to it from time to time, perhaps after family dinner or during a weekend morning over coffee and cocoa.

Reflections

  •  As quickly as you can, list 20 things you are grateful for.

  • List one thing you are grateful for that indulges each of your senses.

  • List something you are grateful for in every season (or month).

  • Why is it so easy to forget the many things we are grateful for when we discover something new that we desperately want?

  • How can we remind ourselves to be satisfied with the good things already in our lives?

  • What if we woke up tomorrow and only had the things we expressed gratitude for today? What should we be sure to add to our gratitude garden?

Resources

Take it further

  •  Begin dinner conversations with a discussion of gratitude. Consider asking one another Who did you help today? And Who helped you today? to get the conversation headed the right direction.

  • Bring supplies for this project to family gatherings and let everyone get in on the gratitude practice; then use your creation as the centerpiece.

  • If you have a few minutes, take a look at your gratitude garden and write someone a quick thank you note inspired by the garden. Maybe that toy grandma gave you last year became a favorite, maybe your kindergarten teacher’s advice made a difference to you recently, now is a good time to tell them and brighten their day!

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