4-H Virtual Recess: Gratitude Letters with Youth

Meggan Franks, Blanchard, Tobie M.


In this exercise, youth will have the opportunity to express their gratitude to others in a thoughtful manner through a handwritten letter. They will need to think of people (relatives, friends, coaches, teammates, teachers, etc.) who have been especially kind to them or have made a significant impact on their life.

Age Range:

This activity works best with youth in grades 3-12.

Time Required:

60 minutes


  • Paper
  • Envelope
  • Pen or pencil
  • Postage stamps

Activity Steps

  1. Introduce the activity by telling the youth that it is important to show gratitude. People appreciate being told “thank you” or that they did a great job on something. Have them think about the people in their life (relatives, teachers, coaches, teammates) who may have helped them along the way.
  2. Have the youth draft a letter using the following form:
    • Date
      • Greeting Usually starts with “Dear” and includes a capital letter and a comma.
    • Body
      • The main part of the letter. This is where they will write specifically what the individual did to positively affect their life.
    • Closing
      • Usually starts with “Sincerely” or “From” and includes a capital letter and a comma.
    • Signature
      • his is where they will write their name at the close of the letter.
  3. Once they complete the letter, have the youth properly write the address on the envelope, add the appropriate postage, and put the letter in the mailbox.

Source: Gratitude Letters for Youth. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkley.

3/18/2020 3:11:49 PM
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