Program Details
Gratitude Pick-Up Sticks Game

The Gratitude Pick-Up Sticks Game is a creative and engaging activity that encourages residents to express gratitude in a playful way. Chopsticks painted in five different colors represent various aspects of life to be thankful for, such as people, places, or experiences. Players take turns picking sticks without disturbing others, and upon successful pickup, they share gratitude based on the stick's color. This game adds a fun twist to classic pick-up sticks, fostering a positive atmosphere and encouraging residents to reflect on the things they appreciate.

  1. Emotional Engagement: Promote a positive and grateful mindset through sharing expressions of gratitude.
  2. Social Engagement: Facilitate social interaction and bonding as residents share their gratitude with one another.
  3. Physical Engagement: Improve fine motor skills and coordination through the careful picking up of sticks.
  4. Spiritual Engagement: Cultivate a sense of mindfulness and appreciation for the present moment.
  1. Paint chopsticks in five different colors, each representing a gratitude category.
  2. Place the sticks in a bundle and scatter them on a table or on the floor.
  3. Residents take turns picking up sticks without disturbing others; if a disturbance occurs, they lose that turn.
  4. Once a resident successfully picks up a stick, they share a gratitude expression based on the stick's color.
  5. Continue playing until all sticks are picked up or a specified time elapses.
  6. The resident with the most sticks at the end is the winner.

Staffing Requirements
  • 1 staff member.
  • Additional staff/volunteers to assist participants if needed.

  • Chopsticks (enough for each resident)
  • Non-toxic paint in five different colors
  • Optional: Small containers for paint

  • Physical Injury: Risk of accidentally poking oneself with chopsticks. Ensure residents handle chopsticks carefully.
  • Social Dynamics: Potential for competitive dynamics; ensure the game remains lighthearted and fun.

Expected Outcomes
  1. Fostered positive and grateful mindset among residents.
  2. Strengthened social bonds through shared expressions of gratitude.
  3. Improved fine motor skills and coordination.
  4. Cultivation of mindfulness and appreciation for the present moment.

Program Type
Level of Care
Dimension of Wellness
Games, Crafts, Reminiscing, Affirmations