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Blogs Last year my son started doing writing assignments on a student blog site. He loves seeing his words online and gets so excited when classmates comment on his posts. Why not set up a family gratitude journal blog (password protected, of course)? You can even involve grandparents and cousins, no matter how far away

Create your own handmade journal or take pictures and use Snapfish or an online slideshow to present the images.

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they live. Introduce this idea at the Thanksgiving table, and challenge everyone to submit a weekly post throughout the year.

Creative Ways to Express Gratitude

By Sandi Schwartz

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re you looking for a way to spice up your Thanksgiving traditions this year? Try keeping a gratitude journal. When we acknowledge the positive moments in our day, no matter how insignificant they may seem, we increase our happiness. This goes for kids, too. Here are five creative ways for your children to express gratitude on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

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Audio Recordings Children love to hear their own voices, so ask them to record their journals on a phone or iPad. Once you have the recordings, you can post them online for others to listen to. To get really creative, put their words to music and create a song or rap.

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Videos As we know, our kids love playing on their iPads and watching videos of themselves. So encourage them to keep a gratitude video log. They can pretend to be reporters on a show where their gratitude is the news of the day. Or they can act out scenes from wonderful moments in their lives. This not only makes being grateful fun, but it also helps kids practice social interactions.

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