Our Thankful Tree is becoming one of my favorite activities to do with the kids!!! This year I am finding as many "teachable moments" as possible to incorporate into this project!
To make your own tree, you will need:
1. brown packing paper (I got my roll from the Dollar Tree!)
2. brown paint, markers, or crayons
3. construction paper or leaf doilies (which i found at the Dollar Tree years ago, but can't find any more :/, so now we make our own leaves!)
First, tape your paper to the floor, and draw a tree on it! Don't worry about how you think it looks. ALL trees are different, and yours will be unique to your home! ...plus, it will eventually be covered in leaves :)
Next, confine any smaller children to a chair so that they won't run through the paint and drag it all over the house :D Then, have your child(ren) paint/color their tree!
Next, we began talking about what it meant to be thankful. This has continued to be a difficult subject to convey to tiny people, but T is doing much better with this concept. We talked about things that we are glad that God has given us, things that we are happy we have, people who we love, and so one.
So, I asked him what he was thankful for, to which he responded,
It's working, right?! ;)
So, we continued.
He listed more, and then wanted to write them all on his leaves!!! (More school practicing!!!!)
Next, tape the tree to the wall! (Please pardon the horrible pictures! We recently rearranged the toy room and moved our tree spot next to the window :/ Great to look at, not great to take pictures of!)