Teaching Children about Being Grateful for What They Have (Hakarat Hatov)

A Shaboom! Discussion and Activity Guide for 4-7 Year-Olds and Their Parents

Magical Rafael wants a new toy, specifically a hoversaurus dino-copter. In the real world, Lila and Yasmin are unhappy that their kite won’t fly without wind. A confused ‘sunbrella’ and a nest-building bird help Gabi the Spark teach Rafael, Lila and Yasmin a lesson about feeling grateful for what they DO have, whether it be a wingboard or a fun filled neighborhood park.



Follow Up Questions

  • Do you know what it means to be grateful?
  • For what are you grateful?
  • Tell me about a time that you remember when something didn’t work out as you expected but you had a good time anyway. 


Related Activities 

  • Say thank you cheerfully and often. Teach your child to write thank you notes that mention the specific gift and how kind it was of the giver to send it. Even a young toddler can help decorate a thank you note and ‘sign’ his or her name. For a lasting lesson, the note should be written before the gift is used, including depositing cash or checks. 
  • While walking around your home and neighborhood, point out the familiar things. Share how grateful you are for them. For example, “See that large oak tree? I love how its leaves change color every year.” Leading by example is the best teacher. See more ideas in this blog post about teaching gratitude. 


What's Jewish About Being Grateful for What You Have? An Introduction to Hakarat Hatov for Parents