Thankfulness tag is a great chase game to play with kids so that they can learn gratitude. This game is a part of my character building series and is a thanksgiving activity for kids. It has been developed to equip parents, teachers and care givers.
As a former teacher and private tutor turned stay-at-home mom, I believe in the power of disguise learning. Children learn through games. They might not recognize the educational component in the moment, and yet growth is happening.
We need to be just as intentional about teaching character as we do about teaching math.
Thankfulness tag is part of my character building education series. This is a year long series, focusing on 52 different character traits, one trait for each week of the year.
This series is best viewed on desktop. My character building series provides activities, crafts and lessons for every single day of the year plus more. My belief is that the character traits promoted make us better people and therefore build a better world.
Here’s the Bible verse I chose as our memory verse for thankfulness:
Thankfulness –“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I first began this series in 2012. Currently, I am in the process of updating my series to make it higher quality and more accessible. Thankfulness tag is a part of updating old posts.
How to Play Thankfulness Tag
Thankfulness tag is a modification of the classic game TV tag. We have all played TV tag, right? Well, my husband hasn’t, so I will briefly explain it and tell you my thankfulness version.
The original game is played like normal tag. However, if you are about to get tagged, you can sit down and say a TV show that no one else has mentioned, and you are safe. Once the tagger start chasing someone else, you can pop back up and continue running around.
If someone gets tagged or if they can’t think of a new TV show in time, they are it.
Personally, I always loved this game because I’m not a big runner. This always gave me a chance to take a break.
This thankfulness activity for kids, thankfulness tag, might have become very obvious to you now. Rather than naming a TV show to sit down and not get tagged, you mention what you are thankful for. Remember: It has to be something else that other players have not mentioned yet.
We have so much to be grateful for in this world, so our list of thankfulness items should be abundant. That is what we want to develop in our kids too. We want them to notice all the great gifts in their lives.
This would be a wonderful family game on Thanksgiving day. So many families love to get outside and go for a walk before and after the big Thanksgiving meal. Why not work up an appetite with this sweet game?
Cousins would have a blast playing this while adults are in making the food.
Thankfulness tag is not limited to Thanksgiving day. Having a day filled with discontentment and grumpiness? Combat it with this fun game.
I hope your family or your students enjoy playing with purpose.