Each year at Thanksgiving our family creates a thankful tree to remind us of the things that we are thankful for. In this day and age (there I go sounding like my mom again!) I think it is so important to teach my kids that no matter where you are in life, there are always things to be grateful for. It is also a great positive exercise for family and friends, and they enjoy filling the tree when they come to visit.
Being the Homegoods addict that I am, I found these cute mini clothes pins and was just waiting for an opportunity to put them to good use. I grabbed the adorable little clothes pins (don't judge, in a designer's world its the details that matter most! ;) . Then, I raided the kids construction paper stash and grabbed a few sheets of orange, yellow, green, red and brown. (Isn't it amazing how construction paper can disappear? We go through tremendous amounts of construction paper, so Santa buys my kiddos a new stack each year)
I quickly whipped up a template, printed it out and cut along the lines. Then I used the template to trace & cut out a few of each leaf design (this would also be a great activity for the kiddos to help with).
My kids really enjoyed writing the things they are thankful for, and I watched proudly as they took time to think each one through. My oldest even tried his hand at some cursive ("Mommy I made the words that mean the most in cursive"- He made me so proud! Do I see a great typography designer in his future?). Amongst the things they are thankful for? All three mentioned they were thankful for our newest family member Zarrah, a black lab pup we recently rescued from the North Shore Animal League #GETYOURRESCUEON
Want to create your own thankful tree?
Here's what you'll need:
- Tree branches
- Tape or mini clothespins
- Construction paper
- Our Free Leaf template
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