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. 

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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?


  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.

  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!!

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

  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

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

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

  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.

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

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


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