Start a Gratitude Journal for the New Year

Graphic of a journal and a pen

Rosh Hashanah, or the “Jewish New Year” is almost here! If your family is looking for a new resolution for the new year, consider starting a gratitude journal together. You’ll be able to embrace the Jewish value of hakarat hatov all year long – and have a new tradition to pass on as well!

Follow along with the directions below to start a gratitude journal with your kids. Each child can have his or her own, or make one journal for the whole family to write in together.

This Activity Works With These Books:


  • Journal or notebook
  • Colorful pens
  • Stickers (optional)


  • Choose a pretty journal or decorate a notebook with some stickers or other art supplies.
  • Using some fun, colorful pens, encourage your kids to write down at least one thing that they are grateful for each day.
  • Pick a time of day to do your journaling. You can kick off the day by journaling in the morning, or journal at dinner time and then share your thoughts with your family.

TIP: Bedtime is also a lovely time to journal — it will help you appreciate the day as it comes to a close.


The 2019 Guide to Rosh Hashanah With Kids
8 Ways to Teach Kids About Gratitude
Easy Kid Craft: Colorful Gratitude Sticks

Find more High Holidays crafts and activities on the PJ Library Rosh Hashanah hub.