In today’s world, many of us are so blessed, and we have so much more than our ancestors. It is so easy for children (and adults) to take what we have for granted and feel entitled. It is important for children (and adults) to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness, and to learn to appreciate what we have. Studies have shown that gratitude has many positive outcomes including being happier, more content, more resilient, better relationships, more hopeful and better mental and physical help.
The Raising Grateful Children Project at UNC Chapel Hill has revealed that gratitude as an experience four parts:
- What we NOTICE in our lives for which we can be grateful
- How we THINK about why we have been given those things
- How we FEEL about the things we have been given
- What we DO to express appreciation in turn
I recommend reading the original article What Parents Neglect to Teach about Gratitude to learn more about cultivating gratitude in kids. I certainly learnt alot, especially that gratitude is beyond thinking about noticing our blessings and saying thank you (even though that too is very important.
There are many ways to teach gratitude to kids:
- Modelling Gratitude and contentment
- Find the sliver lining in difficult times
- Saying thank you sincerely
- Articulate the things you are grateful for – e.g. a gratitude list, gratitude journal
- Create a visual reminder e.g. gratitude jar, gratitude tree
- Talking about it
- Reading books with gratitude themes
- Encourage helping others and giving back
- Doing chores
- Sometimes saying no to the kids’ requests.
Here’s a round up activities for teaching kids Gratitude and thankfulness in Cantonese.
(If you are looking specifically for Thanksgiving Cantonese resources, they are found here. This year, I have decided to split them into two posts, since Thanksgiving is only celebrated in certain parts of the world. There is some overlap in the posts. )
Stories about Being Thankful
Songs about Being Thankful
For more Cantonese videos on Gratitude and being thankful check out this Being Thankful YouTube playlist. Included are stories and songs about being thankful. (For Thanksgiving playlist, please click here.)
Activities for Children
My Thankful Book 我的感恩小書 by Fortune Cookie Mom
Thanksgiving worksheet by MCS
Fun Thanksgiving Activities by Spot of Sunshine
感恩南瓜 Gratitude Pumpkin by Joy Chinese School
In traditional Chinese, not Cantonese specific. Google drive download link in Facebook post.
Thanksgiving and Turkey Activities by Chalk Academy
Printables are in Traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese (not Cantonese specific), and include:
- Thanksgiving gratitude banners
- paper pumpkins with gratitude phrases
- Gratitude leaves for Thankful tree
- Turkey coloring pages
You might also enjoy reading:
- Thanksgiving Cantonese Resources 感恩節粵語教材
- Christmas – Cantonese Teaching Activities & Resources 粵語聖誕教材
- Cantopop Christmas Songs on YouTube
- Christmas: Faith-Based Advent Calendars and Jesse Trees
- Why it is hard for many ABCs to pass on Cantonese?
- Cantonese Music for Kids including lyric printables
- How to Create a Cantonese-Rich Environment
- Free Leveled Readers with Colloquial and Formal Cantonese Audio
- How To Read To Your Child When Your Cantonese Is Not Fluent