November just naturally comes with a sense of gratitude and "counting our blessings". There are lots of fun ways to reflect on all that we are Thankful for but this year my family decided we would shout it to the world....errr...maybe really just our neighborhood! ha ha ha...
We created a GIANT version of subway art with chalk covering our entire driveway all in theme of "We are grateful for..."
I pulled out all the left over sidewalk chalk and chalk niblets (you know what I'm talking about) and set to work covering the entire driveway!
A couple of tricks:
1. Write in different directions
2. Write in different sizes and fonts - we used cursive, all caps, bubble letters, etc. Think small, extra big and all sizes in between! And I love that it also captures the handwriting ability and spelling of the different ages of my kids too! (this says "I "heart" my Family")
3. Include some pictures - We used hearts, clock, bike, stick people, etc. Plus it's a great way for little ones to make their mark who aren't that skilled yet at writing letters and spelling words.
So declare it for all to see what you are thankful for this season! It was a great family activity to get all chalked up together, think about enough things to fill the driveway and help my kids really reflect on all our blessings! (plus with the recent Hurricane Sandy and our own windstorm a year ago in December it was a great teaching moment too to not take for granted all the "luxuries" like electricity, clean water, heat, etc that we use everyday without thinking about them.)
I'll be linking up and sharing HERE!
If you give this a try not matter how big or small I'd love it if you shared a picture with me!
Interested in more ideas of how to teach gratitude this November? Come back Friday for a whole list of ideas!