Encourage Thankfulness with Gratitude Stones
If you’d like to give gratitude and thankfulness a boost in your home, gratitude stones are a wonderful incentive. They work for children and adults alike and both will love them! They are also wonderful for activities such as Thanksgiving Day dinner etc. And what a lovely positive gift when given inside our No-Sew Burlap Pouches.
- Small stones. These don’t need to be perfectly smooth all around. There just needs to be a small flat surface on part of the stone to paint a heart.
- Gold and white paint or paint pens. (Or whatever colors you like. The type of activity may determine the choices.)
- Clear spray coating for stones, or Mod Podge. (Optional but gives them a finished look and nice shine.)
- Downloaded poems/tags.
Tags and Poems (pdf)
READ THE POEM INCLUDED IN THE KIT ABOVE
There are a variety of ways you can use these. Here are some suggestions:
SMALL GROUP SETTING ACTIVITY #1
Give everyone a small handful or pouch of stones. There needs to be one stone per person in attendance in each pouch if possible and each set MUST have different colors with no duplicates. Meaning a set of green hearts… a set of red hearts… etc. Change them by doing hearts with different outlined colors.
During the event or dinner everyone is to give a stone to another person. When someone receives a stone they must say something they are grateful for.
The thing they are grateful for must be specific and they have to say WHY they are grateful for it. No general things such as “home” or “family.” Try to encourage gratitude for things they take for granted or for specific people.
Every stone must be given to those who have NOT received one yet. If a person has received one they must find someone who hasn’t. Everyone has to give away ALL their ORIGINAL stones. (They will be left with a variety of colors.)
To get rid of all their own stones and receive all new ones. It’s easy to keep track because they started out with stones of all one color.
GROUP ACTIVITY #2
Have an even amount of stones. Half are one color of hearts, the other half are another color. Put the stones in a deep bag. Everyone draws a stone. If they get a stone with a certain color heart they say something they are grateful for. Other colored hearts means they choose someone else to say something they are grateful for. Adapts as desired.
AS A GIFT
Give your children, family, friends etc. a pouch of stones. They are to put the stones around their room or home or work area. Every time they see one they are to STOP and think of something they are grateful for. It has to be different each time. You can use the printable tag and poem to go with the stones.
Make Your Thankfulness Gratitude Stones
Gather some smooth small stones. They don’t need to be perfect. Just so there is at least one flat side to paint your heart onto.
Using a paint brush or paint marker put a colored heart on each one.
Outline the hearts.
For a nice finish coat with Mod Podge or some spray gloss.
You can visit our No Sew Burlap Pouches post to learn how to make these little pouches. These make awesome gifts combined with the printable poem and tag!
Learn how to make a variety of these super quick No-Sew Burlap Pouches.