The Thankful Tree

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This might be my favorite family activity yet! In this season of being thankful here is an easy and fun way to create a visual reminder of all that we have to be thankful for! Items needed: 

  • Vase
  • Sticks (yes, sticks!)
  • Colored construction paper 
  • String
  • Scissors 
  • Sharpie
  • Hole punch 

Directions:

  1. Gather your little ones and find the coolest sticks and branches in your yard! We made this a game for who could find the biggest stick in the back yard. 
  2. Arrange the sticks and branches in your vase to look like a mini tree.
  3. Cut out a leaf template- I found two different leaf options I liked on google images and traced onto a sheet of white paper. I cut it out and then made replicas with red, orange, yellow peices of construction paper. 
  4. As a family we each said what we are thankful for today. I said my kiddos, my husband said our wonderful neighborhood, Palmer said his Minion Bubble bath and Grayson is thankful for snuggles. I used a black Sharpie to document today’s thankfulness. 
  5. I punched a hole in the leaf and used our string to hang on the branch! 
  6. Repeat what your family members are thankful for each day and add to your tree each day in November.

Why I like the Thankful tree in comparison to other ideas? It’s a visual reminder in the middle of our kitchen table, it creates a conversation for visitors (they can add too!) and it involves the entire family! If you have children who can write and/or cut and thread let them help! Let them choose where the leaf will go and/or what color the leaf will be for that day.

I cannot wait to hear about what you all are thankful for.

Xoxo

Erin

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