Thursday, November 5, 2015

Acorn Gratitude Banner

Every November I try to focus on gratitude, because, quite frankly, I don't focus enough on it the rest of the year. I'm hoping to instill better habits in my girls, so every year we do a few gratitude-focused activities. 

This Acorn Gratitude Banner was really simple to create. It got us all thinking about the things we are thankful for that we often take for granted. Plus, it turns into a cute decoration perfect for the Thanksgiving season.

We started with a pile of acorns. I used brown construction paper and drew some simple acorn shapes. I was able to get four acorns per sheet of paper. I traced each one with a black Sharpie to help the details stand out. 

If you aren't confident in your drawing ability, there are plenty of examples online. Print out an acorn coloring sheet and use it as a template for your acorns. (This simple acorn coloring page would be perfect.)

I gave my girls an equal number of acorns and asked them to write something they were thankful for on each each acorn. They thought for a while, consulted each other, and finally chose the things they wanted to write. They were incredibly practical and listed such things as shelter, clothing, and beds. It makes me feel good to see that they realized these things that we so often take for granted and things to be grateful for.

Once they were done, I clipped out acorns to a piece of twine with a few simple clothes pin. Make sure to use something sturdy like twine or rope because the clothespin will weigh things down a bit.

I love the way it turned out and I love that we can keep adding acorns to the banner as the month goes along. This is such a great way to think about gratitude.

Check out the rest of the 2nd Grade Team for some more great acorn & squirrel themed ideas:
Acorn Arrays for Building Number Facts from Rainy Day Mum
Acorn Addition with Hundreds Chart from Life Over C's
Squirrels Copywork from Sallie Borrink Learning
Acorn Gratitude Banner from Creative Family Fun
Fall Acorn Themed Vocabulary Activity from Sugar Aunts
Math for Fast Finishers: Squirrels and Acorns from Planet Smarty Pants

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  1. I love this! I've seen leaf garlands before but the acorns look great! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot!

  2. I love this idea! Even though my kids are older, it would be still such fun to make. I'll pass the idea along for my younger nieces and nephews, too.

  3. Ah, thankfulness banners are so great. And these acorns are so cute!! :)


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