Our Joyful Pumpkin / Gratitude Pumpkin

This fall, we’re being mindful of what brings us daily JOY by writing gratitudes on a family pumpkin.

As preparation for this Halloween/Thanksgiving/Autumn gratitude activity, we selected a LARGE pumpkin and purchased new Sharpie Markers.

This year several of our pumpkins came from a local farm, but we also snagged a few from our local Aldi where each pumpkin was under $3! You can’t beat that pumpkin price! (check Sharpie prices on Amazon)

How we’re making our Joyful Pumpkin

Each evening, we’re spending a few minutes talking about what brought us JOY today.

Our daughter is in first grade and this exercise is great practice for her spelling, penmanship, and reading. Her lack of precision has our “very precise” son laughing quite a bit, too!

The beauty of a fall gratitude pumpkin is you can make it in October or November. In fact, because it’s not carved this pumpkin will last for weeks! You can start this pumpkin in October and keep it on display through Thanksgiving.

When asked, “What brought you JOY today?” our 4th-grade son wrote “Playing Prodigy.” This is an educational MATH game! Awesome sauce! Learn more about why we love the Prodigy Math Game
A gratitude or thankful pumpkin. Kid-written joys and gratitudes written in Sharpie markers.
Our recent gratitude pumpkin is full of thankful joys like God, Jesus, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ninjago, Chick-fil-A, Hot tubs, Skate Parks, vaccinations, and more! This makes my heart full! ❤️
Example of family gratitude pumpkin. Joys and gratitudes are written with black sharpie marker on an orange pumpkin.
Sweet fall memories captured on our family gratitude pumpkin: Lazer tag on a walk at night, losing a front tooth, tea parties, big thoughtful hugs, and trick-or-treating together!

More Family Daily Gratitude and Joy Ideas

If you love our Joyful Pumpkin idea, then you’ll also enjoy our LEGO Alphabet of Gratitude project and free printable. We first started the Alphabet of Gratitude in November 2020 when there were 26 days before Thanksgiving. Each day, we wrote and shared on Instagram our gratitude prompted by a Lego brick-built letter of the day. Starting at Z, we’ve made our way to A, day-by-day!

@artsandbricks_abcs We love this! #RebuildTheWorld one letter at a time!
@artsandbricks_abcs We love this! #RebuildTheWorld one letter at a time!

These same letters, we now use in the designs of our personalized Brick-Built Name Decals for kiddos to use as room window and wall decor! Display your child’s name in Arts and Bricks’ Brick Font decals.

Personalized Name wall Decals - designed with LEGO bricks

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