Sugar Aunts: Bear Says Thanks Gratitude Counting Activity

Bear Says Thanks Gratitude Counting Activity

It is fun to count blessings with kids.  Talking about the things that we are thankful for is one thing that I look forward to every day with my kids.  We make sure to add a little prayer to the end of each day, so my kiddos are mentioning the things they are grateful for on a daily basis.  With everyone and everything that we've been blessed with, it is so important.  We joined in with the Virtual Book Club for Kids series this week and did this Bear Says Thanks gratitude counting activity.  It's perfect for expressing gratitude this time of year!


Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

Bear Says Thanks Gratitude Counting Activity


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If you haven't read Bear Says Thanks, be sure to grab it at your library.  It's a must-read especially this time of year.

We used something we had on hand and tend to play with a. lot.

Pony Beads 
Pipe Cleaners

Our pipe cleaners were sent over from our pals at www.craftprojectideas.com.

For this activity, read the book, Bear Says Thanks.

 Bear Says Thanks gratitude activity for kids

Then, get ready to talk about the things that your child is thankful for.  It might be a discussion of gratitude for good friends like Bear has or eyelashes like my two year old.

Have I mentioned that I love our talks of gratitude?

Really, we have gratitude for brothers and sisters, ping pong balls, elbows, and muscles.  These are mentioned on a daily basis. But they are right, correct?  Where would we be without muscles and eyelashes and ping pong balls?  Someone has to mention these essentials when they count their blessings!


To do this Bear Says Thanks Gratitude Counting Activity:

Take the pipe cleaners and bend them into number shapes.  You can help your kids with this part or your family can work on this task together.

Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

Then, use pony beads as counters as you name and count your blessings.  We expressed thankfulness and gratitude for each bead as it was placed onto the pipe cleaner number.


Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

Kids can work on counting skills as they count out the beads and thread them onto the number pipe cleaners.


Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

This was such a great way to sneak fine motor work into a literacy activity while expressing gratitude with the kids!

So tell me, what things are your kids thankful for?  I would love to hear! Let me know in the comments below.


Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

Want to see more gratitude activities based on the book, Bear Says Thanks?  Check out these ideas from the Virtual Book Club for Kids team:

GRATITUDE THEMED WEEKLY PLAN

LITERACY ACTIVITIES FOR A GRATITUDE THEME

Gratitude Acrostic Poem Booklets for Kids from Chickadee Lit
I Am Thankful Activity from Craft Create Calm
Magnetic Thankful Tree from The Educators’ Spin On It
Make a Gratitude Tree from Mama Smiles

MATH ACTIVITIES FOR A GRATITUDE THEME

Gratitude Game ~ Pick Up Sticks from Teach Beside Me

COOKING WITH KIDS FOR THE GRATITUDE THEME

Pumpkin Muffins from Inspiration Laboratories

SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR GRATITUDE THEME




Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

Check out these Fall favorite books you might like:


   Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert 


   Leaves by David Ezra Stein 

   Autumn Orange (Know Your Colors) by Christianne C. Jones


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