A Door to Gratefulness

A day at my house includes doors slamming, kids running around the table, and lots of loud voices. With all this chaos, it can be difficult to promote a feeling of gratefulness.

I recently learned about a really fun activity called a Grateful Door.

Here's what you do:

1. Choose a door your family uses often.
2. Cover it with butcher paper
3. Tie yarn around one or two pens or markers.
4. Attach the other end of the yarn to the butcher paper on the door. Possibly one the top half and another on the lower half where the younger ones can reach.

Once the door is ready, family members should write one thing they are grateful for each day. Younger children can draw pictures instead.

Think of how fun it will be seeing the door fill up as the month progresses! At the end of the month, I suggest popping popcorn and holding a Family Reading of the Door. Then simply re-paper the door and start all over again. What a wonderful way to teach our kids (and ourselves) to recognize the things we are grateful for each day.

Would you like to comment?

Cindy Beck, author said...

That's a great idea! I'm sending the link to my son and his wife.

Christine said...


What a great idea!!! I've been looking for something to do for my son. He will love it. All of us will.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Cindy & Christine -

I'm thrilled you both liked it! Please let me know if you use it and how it goes over with your family. And if you can, send me pics of the door! It would be fun to compile some pics then post them next month.

Autumn said...

So cool! We will do this. I think my family would love it.

Thanks for sharing this great idea, Danyelle. :)

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Autumn -

You're welcome. Please come back and tell us how your family liked it.

Julie Wright said...

I love this idea!!! Love love love it! Family home evening activity for monday already planned!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Julie -

Awesome! Please be sure to let us know how it went.