You will need
- A4 card
- Coloured pens or pencils
- Paint brushes
- PVA glue
- Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
Theme this activity for LGBT+
Care is one of the Scout values – it’s all about supporting others and taking care of the world. When you’re thinking about all the things you’re thankful for, think about how you could pass kindness and care to others, especially people in the LGBT+ community and those campaigning for equality.
You could do this for Pride, which is all about the LGBT+ community (and allies) coming together to celebrate and protest in unity and solidarity. You could theme designs around pride flags, affirming messages (like ‘love always wins’ or ‘LGBT+ rights are human rights’). For LGBT+ history month, you could try illustrating some important LGBT+ figures or things they’ve said.
Who will you send the cards to? What about a local organisation who are standing up for LGBT+ people, a teacher who’s always really encouraging, or a friend you’re thankful for?
You could also have an (age-appropriate) chat about what it’s like to be part of the LGBT+ community today – there’s a whole lot of care, respect, and cooperation, and society’s come a long way, but LGBT+ people still face discrimination and difficulties. Stonewall Youth has lots of useful information.
Find your gratitude attitude
- Everyone should sit in a circle.
- Everyone should turn to the person next to them and thank them for something. It could be anything – maybe they’ve held a door open recently, saved a seat, passed a cup, helped someone who was hurt, or made people laugh.
- Everyone should split into small groups.
- Each group should talk about things they’re thankful for. They should try to focus on things they can’t hold that make their lives special. For example, people may want to think about friends, singing, helping people, being helped, their favourite weather, or nature. People should think about whether there’s anyone in particular they’re really thankful for.
- Everyone should choose one thing or person they’re grateful for. At the same time, everyone should call out ‘Thank you…’ for the thing they’ve chosen. For example, ‘Thank you friends’, ‘Thank you sunshine’, ‘Thank you leaders’. It might be noisy, but that doesn’t matter.
Create a thank you
- The person leading the activity should give everyone a piece of card. Everyone should decide whether they want to fold it in half to make a greetings card, or leave it flat like a postcard.
- Everyone should decorate their card to make a thank you card to something or someone they’re grateful for. It could be a person or something else, from a friendly bus driver to a beautiful willow tree. They should use pens, pencils, paints, or any other craft materials.
- Once everyone’s finished their cards, everyone should come together to show their cards to each other. People should call out the things they’re thankful for again.
- People may want to keep their card to remind them of what they’re thankful for, or they may want to give it to a person to show how grateful they are.
This activity gave everyone the chance to stop for a moment and focus on something they’re really grateful for. Everyone also got to hear what their friends are grateful for. Saying thank you to one another helps people to build stronger friendships.
Everyone should gather in a circle, holding their cards. Sometimes people feel so busy that they forget to pause, think about what they’re thankful for, and say thank you to people. How did thinking about what they’re grateful for make people feel? How did they feel when they were making their card? People’s answers may include feeling happy about what they have and the great friends they’ve made, or feeling satisfied for having said thanks to someone. Everyone should try to remember to show people they’re thankful over the next week or so. Can anyone think of a specific person they’d like to say thank you to?
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Glue and solvents
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.