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 Thanksย 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?

 

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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