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FREE Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Printable!

Grab a free gratitude scavenger hunt to get your kids looking for things to be grateful for in our everyday lives!

With all the material things available to all of us sometimes even at our fingertips, gratitude can fall by the wayside. I believe that finding gratitude on a daily basis is a must in having a heart at peace.

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”

Germany Kent

I find this quote to be so true! Once you begin to seek the very small things that we take for granted and to be grateful for them, then the things you lack seem way less important.

And teaching children about gratitude is a great way to ensure they have a healthy sense of things. It’s not always easy to get the self-centered nature of kids to understand that they can be thankful that they have food to eat when others do not, but as parents, we must keep trying.

So today I thought I’d give you a fun way that can teach kids about gratitude and the good things in life while also talking about themselves! With this gratitude scavenger hunt printable, students or your kids will have to think about things that they would normally take for granted.

gratitude scavenger hunt

Why teach gratitude?

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Studies have even proven that gratitude is beneficial to your brain and psychological health. According to greatergoodberkeley.edu, those who wrote gratitude letters of positive emotions reported significantly better mental health status and improved attitude a few months after starting the exercise.

My family is prone to depression and anxiety so I am always looking for ways to teach my kids the art of gratitude. For my teenagers, I have given them gratitude journals so they can think and write things on their own. Starting your day with a grateful heart can change your day!

The gratitude books are a little too much for my youngest, so doing a gratitude scavenger hunt was a perfect fit in helping him understand the little things to be thankful for.

How to Use the Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

The great thing about gratitude is you can teach young kids or students about it any time of the year! While most people want to think about thankfulness around the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving, you don’t need to limit yourself!

This fun printable can be used any day of the year. It can be an especially powerful tool if you print out a bunch of the scavenger hunt forms and do them weekly or even daily.

Once you’ve downloaded and printed out the thankful scavenger hunt, hand one to each one of your kids. If they are really young, you can help them read the things they are searching for.

Then have them walk around finding the items that they think of. They can either pick up the physical item and return it to one spot or turn this into a gratitude photo scavenger hunt by taking pictures of the items. To get more in-depth, sit with them and ask them Why they chose each item.

free gratitude scavenger hunt

These are items your kiddos will be searching for:

  • Something I like to wear
  • Something that makes me laugh
  • Something I am thankful for (open ended!)
  • My favorite food
  • My favorite toy
  • A smell I love
  • My favorite book
  • Something that makes me feel safe
  • Something that makes me happy
  • Something that tastes good
  • Something I am proud of
  • Something I love
  • Something I use a lot
  • Something that makes me feel strong

Then on the last line, they get to fill in the blank. “Today I am grateful for ______________”. It can be as easy as a favorite color or insightful as a specific person that has had a positive impact in their life.

And this gratitude scavenger hunt is not just for kids! Any adult can benefit from a grateful heart and gratitude practices too!

“Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle.”

Mary Davis

If you like printable worksheets that teach kids about emotions, make sure to check out our empathy worksheets, 30 days of kindness calendar, and making cards for soldiers.

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Printable PDF

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Simply click on the download button below to grab the gratitude scavenger hunt PDF file. Print on regular copy paper on any home printer.

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free printable gratitude scavenger hunt

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