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Teaching Appreciation

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Teaching AppreciationOne thing that is important to me on days like Mother’s Day is that my kids get how important it is to appreciate people. These holidays, although, yes, probably created and lobbied for inclusion by card and flower companies, also serve as a way to force us to take time out and reflect on someone’s impact in our lives.

A temptation on days like this is to run out to the grocery store or Walgreens, buy the obligatory trinket or flowers and call it a day.  Although my kids are still pretty small, my husband and I have already talked about what we want our kids to do on Mother and Father’s Day–we don’t want them just accompanying us to buy something for the other person. We want them to take time out to do something for the other person that requires thought and effort on their part.

Whether it’s an idea we can help them make into a reality, or something they can do all on their own, it’s important to us that the point of these days isn’t to buy more stuff, but to show appreciation for someone and everything they do for you.

Here are a few ways for kids of all ages to show appreciation on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, or other holidays:

  1. Make a coupon book. For this activity, all you need to crayons, paper, and some imagination! What are some things this person does for you on a regular basis? What is something you’d like to do for them? What could make their day bright.
  2.  Make a card. Even babies can help make a card by stamping their tiny hands or feet in it. Little children can help pick out a card or make one with simple craft supplies
  3. Write a letter. Small children who can’t write still have opinions! Ask them open-ended questions about why they love the person being honored and write it all down for them. If your child is still a baby, write down memories of a special time with mom and baby from your point of view, or even baby’s perspective.
  4. Plan a family fun day. Don’t just go out to eat–make memories! It can be a picnic at the park, a nature hike, anything special your family can do together.
  5. Make a meal together. Plan a meal that your kids can help make, whether they suggest a dish, help you put it together, or prepare it themselves.

How do you want your children to participate on appreciation days like these?

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mother of three girls who lives and writes in Queensbury, NY.