We are trying to get our children to see the importance of thankfulness and helping others, which I believe goes alongside a spirit of thanksgiving and gratefulness. It’s easier to promote thankfulness in November, since everyone seems to be focused on giving, feeling thankful, and helping others.
This year, Monkey, Bo, and I created a Thankfulness Tree craft. This craft was a lot of fun and helped us think about the privileges that we have in our life.
If you want to make your own Thankful Tree, this is how we made it:
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Thankfulness Tree Craft
- Colorful paper
- Leaf outline (this is the one we used)
- Sharpie marker
- Sticky tack
Make your tree trunk from dark paper. We used three sheets of paper taped together for our tree outline. Draw a tree trunk outline and cut out with scissors.
Cut out the leaf templates and trace the leaf pattern onto colored paper. You don’t have to stick to traditional fall leaf colors if you don’t want to.
Have everyone think of 3-5 things to be thankful for to get started. Have them write their answers with a Sharpie or write it yourself for younger kids.
Tape or glue the leaves to the tree. Use sticky tack to hold the tree up against the wall.
Add additional leaves over the next few weeks as you think of more things to be grateful for! The Thankful Tree can last throughout late october, November, and even into December if you want! In Texas, we hardly get fall weather before December arrives. Right now, it’s a breezy 75 degrees outside.
At the top of my list? Coffee and homeschooling! Bo still doesn’t talk much, but at the top of her list is toys, candy, and her blanket. Monkey is grateful for Minecraft, clothes, and sleeping in late.
What are you thankful for this year?