Last year, the kids and I made Gratitude Turkey Treat jars, which were a nice, simple way to introduce the idea of thankfulness to them. This year they understand the concept more clearly so I decide to take it up a notch and make a Gratitude Tree, where we can write down all the things we are grateful for, once a day for the month of November on leaves.
Remembering a fabulous Cocktails & Crafts held by my friend Heather, I wrote the words “Give” and “Thanks” on pieces of white paper in white crayon. Then the kids painted over them in watercolors, at which point the words reappeared. They were totally enthralled to see the word “appear” out of nowhere! I used my trusty butcher paper to cover the floor and the big kids had a grand time together, painting away.
Then I cut a tree out of more butcher paper and hung the signs above it. Using some foam leaves I bought at JoAnn Fabrics on clearance, the kids alternate telling me what they are grateful for every other day. So far, Jax has been grateful for his birthday presents and Em for her princess puzzles. What’s nice is that there’s 30 days worth of gratitude, so hopefully they kids will have an opportunity to realize there is more to life to be grateful for than toys!
There’s plenty of time left to make a Gratitude Tree of your own! It’ll brighten up your home and keep the spirit of the Thanksgiving season in mind. I’ll put an updated picture up at the end of month to show all our gratitude.