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Thanksgiving Craft for Kids: A Gratitude Tree

Submitted by on November 7, 2013 – 6:08 amOne Comment

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Thanksgiving Craft for Kids: A Gratitude Tree

by Minette Riordan

We are focused on Thanksgiving at my house which means large meals, family mayhem, football and full tummies for many of us. I love Thanksgiving for all of these reasons but it’s important to me that my kids remember why we celebrate Thanksgiving. For our Thanksgiving craft this year, we are creating a Gratitude Tree.

It’s early in the month so my plan is to have everyone add a leaf a day to the Gratitude Tree naming one thing they are thankful for. With four of us in the house, we should have a very beautiful and abundant gratitude tree by the end of the month. I will post pictures on our Facebook tree of our progress. Why don’t you do the same? We’d love to see a bunch of trees and hear about what people are grateful for this month.

I will also ask friends and family to celebrate with us on Thanksgiving Day by adding a leaf to the Gratitude Tree. Should be fun to see what people come up with and way more fun than a traditional Guest Book.

How to make the Gratitude Tree:

  1. I started with an 11×17 piece of poster board; am wondering if I should have made it larger! Draw a tree outline on the poster board, let your kids color it. I used acrylic paints on this version but markers, crayons or oil pastels would all be good choices.Thanksgiving Craft for Kids
  2. I found a great fall-colored collection of card stock at Staples one day, so we used that for the leaves, but construction paper would work or you can use white paper and let the kids paint or color the leaves.make a gratitude tree
  3. Use the attached leaf templates to make the leaves. Just click on the image to open a new file and save the image for printing. I chose to use oak leaves for my tree but mix them up, the template also has a maple leaf and an elm leaf! This is a special tree, you can use all different types of leaves.free fall leaf templatemaple leaf template
  4. Use a black marker to write who or what you are grateful for on the leaf. fall craft for kids
  5. Attach the leaf with double stick tape or a glue stick. Since we want this to be easy, I think the double stick tape is the quickest version!
  6. Have fun! Use the opportunity to talk to your kids about how important gratitude is year round.
  7. Hang the tree somewhere in your home where everyone can see it daily. Ours is going on the refrigerator to start!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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