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I drew simple tree shapes on brown construction paper, then cut out a bunch of construction paper leaves. Then, armed with the leaves and my trusted black Sharpie, I gathered the girls to talk about thankfulness. We read the book Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland. This is a very sweet book that gives the kids a wonderful and very simply stated introduction to thankfulness. After reading the book, we talked about what we were thankful for. Lizzie was able to give me quite a good list.
I recorded all the things they were thankful for on the leaves, then we went to the table and started gluing. We talked a bit more about thankfulness while the girls used their glue sticks.
Lizzie's list: food, friends, flowers, Mommy, my kitchen (i.e. her play kitchen), sister, Daddy, books, and ice cream (aren't we all).
AJ's list as dictated to my by Lizzie: sister, books, Charlie (our dog), milk, Mommy, food, Lucy (our cat), her baby doll, and Daddy.
What are you thankful for?