With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am trying to teach my little kiddos all about thanks. Why we celebrate thanks, what feeling blessed means, the ins and outs of appreciating all that we have and what the important things in life are.
After dinner one night we made a Family Tree of Thanks that simply hangs on our dining room wall among the wedding photos and artwork. It’s simple, but effective and the kids had fun doing it. All you need to make yours is:
- Construction paper: we used two sheets of brown for the tree and one sheet of red, orange, green, and yellow for the leaves 🍁
- Glue or tape
- Marker or pen
Cut out the shape of a tree. I used one piece of paper for the branches and one for the trunk and taped them together (the leaves will cover and lines from where it’s pieces together). Adjust the size of your tree if needed to accommodate more or less family members. Tape or glue your tree together.
Cut out leaves. 🍁 You can either draw them or freehand cut. If your kids are old enough to cut them out, get them involved in the process! ✂️
Go around your table and one at a time say what you are thankful for. We wrote all of the answers down. Everything from our house to chips. The silly answers are just fun and the more serious ones are quite humbling to hear. As the parent, you can also guide the blessings along by providing examples in your answers.
Have your kids help you tape or glue the leaves on and then hang your tree for all to see. Go back and discuss your tree and blessings now through Thanksgiving.
This could also be a great project to do on Thanksgiving with extended family!