Gratitude Prompts – Journaling Ideas or Conversation Staters
These gratitude prompts are perfect for helping explore the concept of gratitude with kids. As I work to have kids who are grateful instead of entitled, I’m looking for ways to make gratitude a habit in our lives.
Thus, these gratitude prompts – we’ll use them both for gratitude journals as well as for conversation prompts. They’re designed specifically with kids between the ages of about 5 to 12 in mind.
Ideas for using gratitude prompts:
Use as conversation starters at dinner table or talk about gratitude as part of a bedtime ritual. Doodle, draw or write about the prompts in a gratitude journal. Post a new gratitude prompt each week on the fridge or bulletin board.
52 Gratitude Prompts for Journal or Conversation
- Tell about a time you were grateful for something a friend did for you.
- Tell about a time you were grateful for playing with someone.
- Tell about a time that you were grateful for someone helping you when you were hurt.
- Tell about a time that someone helped you solve a problem.
- Tell about a time someone helped you find something that was lost.
- Tell about a time you had something to drink when you were very very thirsty.
- Tell about something you have learned this week.
- Tell about family member you are grateful for.
- Tell about a pet you are grateful for.
- Tell about a toy you own that you love.
- Tell about a time you got to play with a toy that belongs to someone else.
- Tell about a time you were able to help someone else.
- Tell about your favorite place outside.
- What is your favorite place in your house?
- What is your favorite way to move your body?
- What is your favorite activity to do?
- What is something unique about your family that you’re grateful for?
- Talk about all the people that worked to bring food to your house.
- Talk about the all the people who had a hand in making the clothes you wear.
- Talk about the work that went into the home you live in.
- Talk about the way you get around your town and all the work and energy that goes into that.
- Talk about people who work in your community. Who are you grateful?
- Talk about the ways a family member makes your life better.
- Choose 3 people to say thank you to today.
- Who is someone you have a hard time getting along with? Think of at least 3 positive things to say about that person.
- What is one thing you are grateful for today?
- What is one food you are grateful for?
- What was the best part of your day?
- What are 3 ways to say “thank you” without using the words thank you?
- Say something positive about the person on your left.
- Who is someone who has really helped you this week?
- Who is someone who lives far a way that you are grateful for?
- Who is someone you have never met that you are grateful for?
- What is a sound you are grateful for?
- What is a smell that you are grateful for?
- What taste are you grateful for?
- Which of your five senses are you most grateful for?
- If you had to give up all your possessions what 3 things would you keep?
- Which season are you most grateful for and why?
- Talk about all the people who keep you safe.
- Talk about all the ways you are healthy.
- What is your favorite park and why?
- Think about what it means to be safe and cozy close your eyes and feel safe and cozy.
- Close your eyes and think about something you are grateful for pay attention to what gratitude feels like in your body.
- What technological advancement are you most grateful for?
- What animal in nature are you most grateful for and why?
- Pause for a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for in this moment.
- What is your least favorite kind of weather? Think of 3 things about it to be grateful for.
- Think about the things that you own; feel gratitude for what they allow you to do not just the things themselves.
- Pretend you are writing a thank you card to your-self what are 3 things you can thank yourself for?
- Who is someone you would like to send a thank you card to and why?
- Make silly faces with the person next to you, feel gratitude for silliness!
- Let these prompts inspire your own ideas for conversation. Having conversation starters on the table is a fun way to connect at dinner time.
- Imitation is what kids do best – be sure to share your own moments of gratitude with kids. It’s very powerful when they see you express your thankfulness each day, and it’s a great learning experience when they see you go through a challenge and still find gratitude.
- Getting in the habit of gratitude takes time – when faced with a child acting “ungrateful” it can be helpful to ask for a “do-over” – you can model how you hope for them to react. (i.e. perhaps you give your child a present and they start out with, “Ohhh, I wish this was the bigger lego set…” Try: “Wait, let’s try a do-over on that. How about: Thank you. What a cool lego set.”