How to Make a Gratitude Tree
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One of the projects I love making every year is a gratitude tree. If you have followed me for any amount of time, I love things to keep things simple and easy. This fits both criteria, plus it’s a great way to teach gratitude and reflect on what we are thankful for year after year.
This is a great after school activity, it would be perfect for Thanksgiving break or even a Family Home Evening activity. All you need is construction paper, a pencil, scissors and glue or tape.
The first step is to trace your child’s hand or have them trace their hand.
Next you will cut out the hands you traced and write things you are thankful for on each hand. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about gratitude and discuss all the things you are grateful for. But don’t be surprised if your child says he is thankful for “squirrels” or for “trucks”.
After you have written what you are grateful for, you will need to make the base of the tree. In the November Thoughtful Traditions Box, I included a small brown paper bag but you could use a regular sheet of construction paper too. Once you have the trunk of the tree, then you can begin to glue on your leaves.
Crafts are a fun and simple way to bring families together and enjoy quality bonding time. Years from now it won’t matter what you actually made, just that you made it together. Don’t worry if it’s picture perfect, the time spent together and the tradition of reflecting upon your blessings each year is all that matters.
All of these items are included in the Thanksgiving edition of my Thoughtful Tradition boxes. If you haven’t ordered yours yet, we still have a few left. There are a lot of other fun and easy activities that would be great to do with your family while kids and grandkids are out of school the week of Thanksgiving. Use code “grateful” for $5.00 off.