Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankful Trees

Our Fall Bucket List would not be complete this year without making Thankful Trees. When thinking about this project, I decided I wanted it to be more about thankfulness than about the artwork. 



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?

Linking up to Show and Tell and Monday Madness

9 comments:

  1. I tried to get my daughter to do a writing prompt and she wrote one thing. When I asked her if she was thankful for anything else, she said yes, but I will keep those in my head. Maybe this project may strike her fancy =) I'm adding it to our fall pinterest board. http://pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/

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  2. I have that book and it wasn't until I saw this post that I even thought about pulling it out. I love this idea and am planning to do it with my girls! Thanks so much for helping jog my creative juices!!

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  3. Well, I'm glad to see Mommy and Daddy made all the Fall Trees! :) So cute!

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  4. This is such a cute idea! I might do something like this with the kids even though we don't celebrate thanksgiving in Australia

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  5. Great idea- I'll store this one for future use!

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  6. I love reading the things kids are thankful for, so sweet :)
    Aleacia

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  7. What a lovely idea - we don't celebrate thanks giving but I love this idea for autumn and around the christmas time when everything is so comerical giving thanks for thingsis important.

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  8. How nice and creative. This gets right to the heart of Thanksgiving. Carolyn

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  9. This is so cute yet simple. Love it, thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

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