Thankful trees are a great way to focus on our blessings right before we dive into the thick of the holiday season. With excellent enthusiasm, my kids always embrace the tradition.
Each year the kids and I make some sort of Thankful Tree in November. There are so many different things you can do, and we always try to switch it up a little bit. So many variations on the Thankful Tree abound across the Internet that it’s impossible to be sure of their origins, but there are three basic ways to do it.
Three Ways to Make a Thankful Tree
Let the Kids Do a Painting or Other Keepsake
Using construction paper or fingerpaint for leaves, let the kids create their own masterpiece. After they have enjoyed their art project, they can fill in the leaves with things they are thankful for. Display their thankful artwork or save it in your keepsake box for years to come.
Make A Free-Standing Thankful Tree
A popular choice for doing a Thankful Tree is to make a free-standing version. You might want to make a small tabletop tree, or you might prefer a large “full size” version. Using a variety of branches and twigs from your yard or the floral section at the craft store, you can create a bare tree to decorate with paper or silk leaves.
Put the Tree on the Wall
A third option for your Thankful Tree is to put it on the wall, especially if you are low on space. You can put butcher paper on the wall and draw the tree on it, or you can cut pieces out of paper and card stock and use sticky tack to attach them. You could even buy a reusable tree from a teacher supply store that you could pull out and use each year.
Other Options For Your Thankful Tree
Add to it All Month – You can sit down and fill out your Thankful Tree in one sitting, or you can spend the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving to add to it little by little. Set out a bowl of leaves and a marker so that each morning, or as you walk past, you can add to your tree.
Get Your Friends and Family Involved – When you have friends and family over to visit, encourage them to leave their own mark on your Thankful Tree. What wonderful memories you can make together.
For more Thankful Tree ideas, check out my Thankful Pinterest board.
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