Thankful and Oh So Many Possibilities

Everyday is a day to be thankful!
I do a personal gratitude practice and, when the opportunity presents itself, with the kiddos when I substitute teach.  I do a variation of this for myself and the kiddos which I will share another time. This particular idea is for any gathering.  It's a wonderful craft/"craftivity" for the kiddos and the grownups in the household as they wait for the meal to be put on the table.  They can also make them ahead of time and decorate them while they wait.  I have taught this model to 5 year olds, but 6 and 7 year olds can do it independently. Big kids and grown ups love making these as well.  Once they learn how to make these, they want to make LOTS of them. They stack well inside each other so they won't fill EVERY room of the house.  You might want to use plain white paper so they could have some for different seasons.
Wouldn't they love to help decorate the table? 

Begin with a square piece of paper.  I have used a 6"x 6" piece of craft paper .  This is a great way to recycle brown paper bags.  You can use gift wrap, parchment paper, waxed paper, computer paper or origami name just a few.  Newspaper or junk mail work will work as well...oh the possibilities. This particular model is simple enough that construction paper will also work.  As I mentioned earlier, plain white printer paper works well and can be decorated for any season or gathering.  They WILL want to make LOTS of these once they get started.
For the free downloadable diagrams and "mindful folding" experience visit  
 The diagram page makes a fun coloring page as well.  For those of you who are not familiar with Teachers Pay Teachers, it is like an etsy store for teachers.  You don't have to be a teacher (but I think we are all teachers of something) to's free and there is some cool clip art over there for you planners and scrapbookers.  There is also a link above to get to my store.

This is a wonderful "Gathering" activity. Decorate the Thank You pocket individually or as a group.  Each person in the "gathering" can make his/her own or one large one can be made for the group.  As I mentioned earlier, maybe small hands would like to make one for each guest and place at each place setting  or in a container at the buffet for each person to pick up with their plates.  You can also do this after the meal. Provide strips of paper and writing supplies (crayons are always fun).  Have each person write things for which they are thankful.  Remember...EVERY DAY is a day for THANKSGIVING!

"Thankful" "Thank You!" "Gratitude" "Appreciation"... similar words with a little variation in meaning.  Try them all on for size.

    I hope you enjoy this offering.  This is such a delightful model. I enjoy exploring its various possibilities. I would love to hear from you and see pictures of how you use this and make it your own.

      May you have a day full of gratitude each and every day.  THANK YOU! for visiting.



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