From 1 to 100 years old, practicing gratitude and generosity is good for us all – whether that’s in the giving and receiving of gifts, taking stock of things that make us feel good inside, or volunteering to help others in need. By building moments like this into our routines we create a habit of being thankful. We also encourage our children to build a caring, unselfish relationship with the world around them.

Take time to recognize the things your family is grateful for on Thanksgiving Day and all year long. Check out the articles and activities below for ideas on talking with your child about gratitude and generosity, appreciating those who help us, and turning those conversations into actions.

Cultivating generosity & gratitude

For Greater Happiness, Teach Gratitude

How can we fit more opportunities to express gratitude into our already packed schedules? Try a few of these strategies for making expressions of thanks part of your family’s daily routine.

Finding Gratitude During Difficult Times

Encouraging gratitude during times of stress or crisis can be a difficult task. PBS KIDS for Parents shares meaningful ways you can help your kids acknowledge and cultivate feelings of gratitude during the holiday season and beyond.

Tips for Volunteering With Kids

Learning the value of helping people and places in need can be the start of a lifelong commitment to giving. Here are some helpful ways to get your child involved in community service.

10 Guidelines for Raising Generous, Money-Smart Kids

Generosity is the result of experience and practice and learning how to spend, save, and give away money is a life-skill that takes years to develop. Help your children begin a smart relationship with money, and understand the importance of giving, by using these tips and simple guidelines.


Activities, crafts & games

Gratitude Turkey

Talk about gratitude with your kids with the help of this fun turkey-themed craft project! All you need is colored construction paper, a marker, and a glue stick or tape.

Arthur’s Giving and Keeping Game

Explore the topic of generosity in the interactive game, Arthur’s Giving and Keeping Game. Arthur finds out sharing things (including time) isn’t always easy to do. Help Arthur make some difficult decisions about sharing his chocolates, money, and time with friends.

Make a Gratitude Jar

This Thanksgiving, and all year long, take some time to reflect on what you and your child are thankful for. Gather around to open your jar and read all of the reasons you have to be thankful!

Make a “Coupon Book” of Helpful Gifts

Even young children have things they can do that are helpful in the family. We give help, and we receive help, no matter how old or young we are. Use this activity as an opportunity to talk about the many ways we each give and receive and a way to encourage your children to develop “an attitude of gratitude.”

Books to Inspire Gratitude

Thanksgiving can be a difficult concept for young kids to understand. What does it mean to be thankful? Why are we particularly grateful during this time of year? For what should they be thankful for? Sometimes the best way to explain these concepts to kids is with books. Check out these books to help educate your kids on why being thankful is so important.


Learn Along Bingo

With Learn Along Bingo, children can view, explore, and play as they learn alongside their PBS Kids friends on the PBS Kids 24/7 channel. We hope your family will use it to inspire learning each and every day.

This week, we’re learning about how expressing our gratitude shows others how we feel when they help us.

Grades PreK-K

Tune in: Watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, November 24th.

Play & Learn: In this packet, there are printable activities and everyday learning ideas for you and your child to choose from. As you complete each square, mark it off to celebrate the learning!

Grades 1-2

Tune in: Watch Arthur at 1 PM on Tuesday, November 24th.

Play & Learn: In this packet, there are printable activities and everyday learning ideas for you and your child to choose from. As you complete each square, mark it off to celebrate the learning!