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Pumpkin Gratitude Activity


Autumn is the perfect time to get your family into a habit of gratitude and thanksgiving. This super simple pumpkin gratitude activity will encourage your family to look for all the little blessings in their lives, and to give thanks in all circumstances.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the rotten things in life: times that you fail, times that you’re running late for something, your messy living room, your kids’ homework, the bills that never stop coming and the dirty dishes that constantly need cleaning…

When we focus on the negative things in life, it’s really easy to get discouraged and frustrated.  And it’s so much easier to remember that one thing about your day that went wrong, than to remember the dozens of things that went well.

pumpkin gratitude activity

Getting into the habit of giving thanks for one (or more) concrete thing each day will actually help to re-train your brain to focus on all the blessings in your life.

And the truth is, we all have countless blessings in our lives, even in the hard times.

We’re encouraged by Scripture to give thanks, as well, and to gives thanks every day, in all circumstances.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The fact is that all good things come from God. All good things come into our lives as gifts. And there are countless gifts that we receive each and every day. (Just try keeping track of every single thing in your life that you can be grateful for, and you’ll see that you quickly build up an enormous list.)

1 Corinthians 4:7 asks us: What do we have that we did not receive?

Focusing on all the little things that we have to be thankful for will help us to re-train our brains for joy and thanksgiving, and to live our lives with open hands.

Here is one easy and adorable way to help train your family in gratitude and thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Gratitude Activity

I was honestly kind of thrilled with this pumpkin gratitude activity. The kids were into it. It’s super simple to do. And it gets them both thinking about all the things in their lives that they can be thankful for, and practicing their hand writing.

gratitude pumpkin

Plus, I thought it was super adorable that the first things they were thankful for were “God” and “Jesus”.

How to Turn Your Average Pumpkin into a Gratitude Pumpkin

This activity is super simple. All you need is:

  • a pumpkin
  • a sharpie (or other permanent marker)

Put your pumpkin outside on your doorstep (it’ll last longer out there in the cool weather).

Each day, write one thing that you are thankful for on your pumpkin. (Be sure to write in permanent marker, so that your record of blessings doesn’t get washed away in the rain.)

At the end of the month (or however long you choose to do this for), you will have a whole pumpkin’s worth of blessings recorded as a visual reminder of God’s grace in your life.

pumpkin on a doorstep

This is a great activity to do in October or November.

For us Canadians, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, so the kids and I will be starting this activity on October 1st and recording things that we are thankful all month. By Halloween, we’ll have a fantastic visual reminder of God’s work and blessings in our lives. (We’ll be pairing it with some Halloween Bible lessons to talk about finding fulfillment in God, trusting in God, and being beacons of light and love.)

If you celebrate Thanksgiving in November, you can easily do this gratitude activity then.

pumpkin with things we are grateful for written on it

7 thoughts on “Pumpkin Gratitude Activity”

  1. I just discovered your site and love it so much! Thank you for sharing and being a source of light! Can I share your ideas (if credited to you) with the families in my church?

    1. Hi Sara. I’m glad you find this helpful. Absolutely, I would be honored for you to share my ideas with the families in your church. That’s my primary goal: help families grow in Christ. 🙂

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  3. One of my crafting friends was called home to Jesus. Her husband gave me her card making supplies. In these I came acrossed your website.
    I deeply love it. It speaks Jesus so well.
    I just saw the gratitude pumpkin craft and will check out the other crafts as well. I make things of encouragement to give away at luncheons, field trips, meetings etc. at church. I would love to share these also with the children’s ministries at church.
    I don’t charge anything for all I do in service to my King.
    Would that be ok?
    Thank you for all you do and God bless you.

    1. Hi Marieanne. I would be more than happy to have you use any of my resources! I hope they bless your church and everyone there. I am also touched that your friend led you to me.

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