Sharing What You’re Thankful For With a Thanksgiving Word Search

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Thanksgiving is a time of food, friends, family, and most of all, gratitude. People show and share gratitude in many ways. Fixing tires, preparing meals, listening, helping, giving gifts. This year, why not start a new tradition of celebrating gratitude with a Thanksgiving word search.

For those who already have a practice of gratitude or know what they are thankful for, make it into a fun word search here. In this post, we’ll talk about how to share gratitude through word searches. Then we’ll help you come up with a list of things you’re thankful for to put in a Thanksgiving word search.

Pro Tip: Check out free printable Thanksgiving word searches on our website

Celebrating Gratitude With a Thanksgiving Word Search

Both children and adults can benefit greatly from reflecting on what their thankful for. Sure, kids may not have the cognitive skills to understand the full concept of “giving thanks”, but that makes it even more important to start now.

Teaching Children About Gratitude and PBS both have great ideas for small ways to teach kids gratitude, each of which can be incorporated into a word search. Here are a few of their suggestions:

  • Talk about gratitude daily with your kids
  • Encourage them to say, “Thank you”
  • Have them write a daily gratitude list
  • Have your children write thank you notes
  • Volunteer with your children
  • Have your child keep track of things they said “thank you” for that week

The fun thing is, once you have these lists, you can turn them into a custom word search. Just go My Word Search and instantly turn into a puzzle. It’ll be like a little reward for thankfulness!

Include Word Searches in Thank You Notes and PBS also recommend teaching your kids to write thank you notes to express gratitude. Your kids can include a word search in their thank you note with a word list for what they’re thankful for, or sharing things they love about the recipient of the letter.

For example, on Thanksgiving day, they can create a word search sharing gratitude for the foods they love eating most, or for the family members they are happy to see. This loving person made a word search with a word for each letter of the alphabet to express their gratitude.

Showing Gratitude through Volunteering

The holidays are also a great time to teach kids about volunteer work as a means of expressing gratitude. Make a word search before their first volunteer session to introduce them to words relevant to the organization. This could lead to good conversations about helping others, what hardship looks like, and how to be thankful for what you have.

Around the holidays, giving kids less and encourage them to give to others more can help increase a child’s gratitude. Take them shopping for others, or show them how to make their own custom word search or create your own crossword puzzle!

Making a List of Things You’re Thankful For

Some years are the best ever, others are not so easy. Even so, making a gratitude list or a list of things you’re thankful for doesn’t need to be difficult. If you’re making your Thanksgiving word search with a child, let them go first. This can help get the ball rolling.

If you’re creating a Thanksgiving word search by yourself, start out by finding a few lists others have made like this one, choosing a few ideas you relate to, then taking it from there. Even a simple thankfulness word search like the one below can help you feel a lot of gratitude:

The “Thanksgiving Thanks” word search below was written for the whole family. While some of the words are similar to each other in nature, you can feel the thankfulness again and again by using a different word for the same idea.


With the upcoming holidays, it’s a great opportunity to teach kids about gratitude. A word search sharing what you’re thankful for can go beyond Thanksgiving, too. Carry it through the rest of the holidays, or into every day.

Creating word searches on a regular basis to enjoy what you’re thankful for will help you and your kids to live thankful lives.

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