By Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO


Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and one thing that may be high on your homeschool to-do list is teaching your children how to express gratitude. As is the experience of many parents of children who battle various life struggles, gratitude is typically something our children receive much more often than they give. For this reason, it is even more important to plan gratitude activities into our schedules. It is my prayer that some of the following activities will help you introduce gratitude, in interactive ways, this month.


1 – Make a Thankful Tree, courtesy of

2- Play Turkey Toss of Thankfulness, courtesy of I Can Teach My Child

3 – Dive into a Grateful Sensory Bin activity, courtesy of Little Bins Little Hands

4 – Go on a Gratitude in Nature Scavenger Hunt, courtesy of All Natural Adventures

5 – Play a game of Gratitude Pick-Up Sticks, courtesy of Teach Beside Me

6  – Jump through a few sets of Complementing HopScotch, courtesy of Carol Miller Counseling Essentials

7 – Encourage family harmony with Kindness Tokens, courtesy of What Do We Do All Day?

8 – Work on therapy goals while using this Gratitude Slide Deck, courtesy of the OT Toolbox

9 – Start a 30-Day Gratitude Challenge, courtesy of Hess Un-Academy

10 – Take part in a 30-Day Gratitude Photo Challenge, courtesy of Positively Present

11 – Use bibliotherapy for an Interactive Gratitude Discussion, courtesy of Meehan Mental Health

12 – Play a game of Gratitude Tic-Tac-Toe, courtesy of Paper Heart Family

13 – Create a Gratitude Pumpkin, courtesy of Out Upon the Waters

14 – Volunteer using one of these Give Back Activities, courtesy of Mama Smiles

15 – Download and use this Montessori Gratitude Curriculum, courtesy of Dream A World


Looking for more fall activities? Check out these additional 20 Adaptable Thanksgiving Homeschool Learning activities.


Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a leader in the homeschooling community and popular speaker on home educating students with learning challenges. After working as a special needs consultant for both the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) and the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), Peggy founded SPED Homeschool in 2017. Peggy also hosts the popular live broadcast and podcast, Empowering Homeschool Conversations, a weekly talk show where her guests address relevant issues related to homeschooling for unique learners. Plus, on the side, she is a professional aerial silks performer and instructor at her other business, Eternal Aerial Arts LLC.





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