Expanding Gratitude


‘I look around me and note many things I have gratitude for.

I take a deep breath and root into my abundance.

I give thanks the children I have to educate

and for my ability as an educator’








In this exercise children will develop a deeper understanding of the concept of gratitude. They will generate a list of a things they are grateful for using a dice game to prompt expansive thinking and storytelling. This list can be used as a brainstorm to journal about a specific subject around gratitude.



Chart paper or white board

Optional: Watercolors or crayons.


Start by introducing the concept of gratitude by saying, “I am so thankful you are with me today. We are so blessed to have this time together to play and learn. Today we are going to talk about the many things we have to be grateful for.”

On chart paper or white board write the following dice game rules:

  1. Person (Describe a person you are grateful for)

  2. Nature (Name something from nature you are grateful for and why)

  3. Place (Describe a place you are grateful for)

  4. Help (Describe a time someone helped you with something)

  5. Learning (Name something you are grateful you have learned)

  6. Gift (Describe a time someone gave you something)


Have children take turns rolling a dice and answer the prompt of the corresponding number.

Encourage children to expand their language expression by prompting their storytelling.

You may want to make a list of children’s responses.

Keep rolling the dice and generating the list of gratitude until children loose interest.

Holistic Engagement

Invite children to compose a gratitude story using stories they told. Invite them to illustrate the gratitude story using crayons or watercolors. If they are interested, they may want to practice writing simple sentences or they might want you to scribe sentences that they speak aloud.

Display the stories in a prominent location so you can come back to this concept on a regular basis.

Encourage children to share their gratitude stories with the people that are in their stories.

Questions to ask:

What are some other emotions you think of when you think of gratitude?

How can you show someone you are grateful for them?

When writing the gratitude story: Who was there? Where were you? Did you receive something? Were you taught something useful? Did someone help you with something?

Mindfulness prompts:

Close your mind and spend a few minutes concentrating on love and nourishment you receive

Picture in your mind a time where you felt loved. What was it that made you feel so loved?

As a learning group, take turns saying things about each other for which you are grateful for.

Image by Volodymyr Hryshchenko