“Gratitude tags” in 10 easy steps (for children between 7-11).
With our guide, you will be able to create “gratitude- tags” in no time. We call them “grati-tags” for short!
Making grati- tags is a useful little exercise to help put our busy lives on pause for a few moments and to raise awareness about what is important to us in life. This will encourage mindfulness and a feeling of wellbeing. What you and your friends write down on these small tags, will vary. What other people choose to write, might even surprise you.
This activity can be done as a group of family members, friends, in a classroom or a club setting. Pick a quiet time of day and spend a few moments to think about 5 things you are grateful for. Write them down neatly on a small tag and tuck it into your journal. Make sure you write the date, because that way, you will be able to compare your tags and notice small changes over time.
1. Materials you will need to create grati-tags
· Thick card (plain or patterned)
· Decorative paper (optional)
· Stickers (optional)
· Glue (optional)
· A length of string/ ribbon/ yarn/ thread
· Hole punch (optional) - you can always make a small hole, carefully with a pencil- ask your parents to help you.
2. How to make grati-tags
Pick a sturdy piece of card and make sure it is plain on one side, so you can write on it. Cut out a few rectangles. You can make your “grati-tags” any shape, look at the photos for ideas. Towards the top middle, punch a hole (see photos) and thread a ribbon/ yarn through the hole to create a tag. Decorate it on one side if you wish or leave it plain.
So, go ahead, make your own “grati- tag”- it’s easier than you think. Your tags don’t have to be perfect!
You can make a plain tag or decorate a really jazzy one. It is entirely up to you. You can choose to make the corners rounded or leave them square.
Use fun colours or calm tones, this depends on your taste and personality.
Tags don’t have to be “tag- shaped”. They can be shaped as a heart, star, cloud, leaf, flower, footprint, handprint or even an animal. Any shape will do, as long as the tag is big enough to write on.
5. What do I write on the tag?
In neat handwriting, write down 5 things you are grateful for. You don’t have to write them in any particular order. Your choices can be abstract or specific about people, food, nature, hobbies, pets and things you love. Some examples:
· Nutella pancakes
· Hot Chocolate
6. Where do I put the grati-tags?
Keep the tag safe in your journal (in an envelope pocket glued to the inside cover at the back) or use it as a bookmark, a constant reminder of all the things you appreciate in your life.
It is important not to lose it, so you can refer back to it when needed.
The grati-tags you make can also be displayed. Hang them as a display in the window or as wall art.
7. Other types of tags
You can create target- tags, where you write your goals for the school year, date them and then, check once in a while to see if you have achieved the targets you set yourself at the start of the school year. As you achieve your targets, tick them off.
Book- tags (list of books you would like to read), food- tags (list of food you would like to try), travel- tags (list of places you would like to visit).
Review your list on the grati- tag now and then and make new ones every few months. You will be fascinated to see how your gratitude list changes over time!
9. A reminder of all that is good
You can do this activity on your own, with your family, a group of friends, in class or at a club gathering. This activity will encourage participants to slow down and think about what is important in their lives and what they are grateful for.
If you are ever sad or angry, find your grati- tag, it will remind you of all the things you are thankful for and hopefully it will make you feel a little bit better.
10. Friends and family
You can make tags for your friends and family. Help them create their own grati-tags!
These tags are also fun to make as gift tags or ornaments.
Lara’s Travelling Adventures have conducted journaling and writing workshops for local children during August. Children who attended the workshops, really enjoyed making these grati-tags- it’s so easy and so satisfying. So, we thought to share this with the community. Hope you give it a go!