10 Thankful Tree Ideas for the Whole Family..
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Welcome back to what has become a series about 7 Days of Gratitude and Resources to Teach Kids!
Our little family is learning we have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving than ever before.
Our area has been hit with wild fires. The smoke in the air is has so badly polluted the mountains in NC that we are at a code red for air quality. The surrounding counties have been ablaze and we are VERY GRATEFUL of all the fire fighters out there this Holiday keeping us safe in our homes!!
I thought it would be fun to try continuing learning about gratitude with a homemade Thankful Tree. I’ve seen them shared at my favorite blogs and after getting an excited “Yes!” from PJ, the vote was in.
Day 2 The Good Talk About Feelings and Gratitude
The time we spent crafting our thankful tree collecting branches on a nature walk and writing thoughts of gratitude has really helped PJ obtain a deeper sense of what gratitude is all about. I hope your family can find the value in making a thankful tree not to mention the beauty it brings to your living room!
What You Will Need
- Branches from a tree or bush
- Paint brush and White Paint
- Sand, rocks, stones or pinecones to hold the branches in place
- A coffee container or Vase to put the branches in
- Scissors, a pen, and Free Leaf Writing Printable
We went on a nice walk skipping over rocks of our river to collect branches that were just right to put in our vase. The conversation was more of about how we both feel when we appreciate what others say to us. I thought it would be a good starting point to talk with PJ about friends who make a point to say hello to us no matter how busy they are. We were keeping it simple talking about compliments, patience, and emotions when we found the perfect tree branch.
It’s leaves were almost too pretty to remove from the branch but PJ did that. And we talked some more. This time we talked about returning the feeling of gratitude to those PEOPLE who helped us feel grateful that they were simply our friends.
Picking the leaves off the big branch, trimming, and dividing the branch took 40 minutes. It was enough time to talk about what feelings we feel when we are grateful for those special people in our lives. There’s a lot of emotions that we can show to express a grateful attitude you know! We covered as many as we could think of and what each emotion may look like to people we wanted to thank. In the mix of our conversation we talked about what we could say to express our gratitude.
To wrap up this day, we took turns acting out simple compliment, gestures, and facial expression “RETURNS” for those moments of gratitude. The role play helped him connect good manners with others feelings. Outwardly showing appreciation even when you don’t feel like it will give you an attitude of gratitude. He was getting the idea that gratitude can be contagious!
That night we re-read the books about giving thanks for loved ones, simple things in life, and an attitude of gratitude from Day 1.
Day 3 A Tree That Blooms in Fall
PJ was READY for the really fun stuff the next morning! He started Painting the branches white with a paint brush. He tried hard to paint every tiny stem but the splotched effect turned out to be a masterpiece!
While we let the paint dry, we cut out the free leave writing printable. Then, I asked to write on the leaves what he was thankful for.
This time his list include people, places, and everyday things (like his favorite flavored water and music). Much different than Day 1!
When the paint dried, sand from his sand box was added to a glass vase along with the painted branches. You can be as creative as you want here. I’ve seen cans, glass vases, tissue boxes, and many beautiful fillings used to createThankful Trees. And I’ll share a list at the end of this post.
We punched a hole in each leaf and used string to hang it on the Thankful Tree.
He was excited that his leaf would be at the tip top of the tree!
Printable leaves that were used for our tree can be found at
The Thankful Tree is a family activity we plan on making tradition. If you like this tree you may like these other Thankful Tree ideas.
More Thankful Tree Ideas From Awesome Bloggers
- Thankfulness Tree – Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Magnetic Thankful Tree – The Educators Spin On It
- A Tree of Gratitude – The House of Hendrix
- Thanksgiving Tree – Sugar Aunts
- Make A Gratitude Tree – Mama Smiles
- Thankful Tree – Making the World Cuter
- Thankfulness Tree – Meaningful Mama
- Gratitude Tree – Kids Activities Blog
- Thanksgiving Tree – Bare Foot On The Dash Board
- Gratitude Handprint Tree – Spaceships and Laser Beams
So sorry I had to type my links in and edit! My site wasn’t allowing me to use links but I’m I’m top of it!!
Happy Thanksgiving 🙂