I presented this gratitude scavenger hunt to a class of third graders a while back. We provided them the list of prompts and asked them to note something they were thankful for for each category- something in nature, something that makes me laugh, something that helps me relax. I loved hearing their responses- basic every day things. It was gratitude in its simplest form.
I recently printed out the list for my own kids and asked them to go around the house and find objects for each category. I asked them to work together. I didn’t help at all, but stood back and listened from another room as they went around the house grabbing things down the list. There were a few times I thought an argument was about to break out. There were distractions that I thought would make them lose interest and switch to a different activity. But they stayed the course and twenty minutes later happily brought me a giant bag full of gratitude. They even lured our new puppy behind them as part of the presentation. She’s “nature’s greatest creation” my nine year old son proudly noted. My daughter, still getting used to new puppy energy, thought a pinecone was more fitting choice for the nature category. Their responses made me smile. If you ask kids to find something that has an interesting smell- it’s gonna get silly. But along with the silliness came sweet little moments. There was a lego robot that my son had made for me as his item that makes him think of someone he loves. There were vitamins to keep them healthy, my daughter’s favorite pair of socks to wear, a detangling hair brush that’s used every day. Simple little things. They didn’t overthink it just grabbed the basic items we so often overlook. Gratitude in its simplest form.
Our gratitude scavenger hunt is available for a free download & print on our activities tab along with other gratitude activities and ideas. Depending on the age of your child, there a a few different ways you can present this challenge. Read on for ideas below.
For 3-5 year olds: I collected objects ahead of time and hid them in a plastic container filled with noodles to create a gratitude sensory bin. Let for kids dig to hunt and identify objects.
For 5-7 year olds: The hunt around the house for objects works great.
8 and older: Draw, write or collage words or objects that you hunt for from magazines/ newspapers.