Thanksgiving Craft: A Simple and Delightful Thankfulness Tree

Thanksgiving crafts that are just as much fun for the adults as for the kids are a super win in my book. These thankfulness trees are just that.

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I wasn’t sure what our set up would be like as far as putting everything together, but what ended up happening is I think a large part of what made this thanksgiving craft such a delight.

Before we did the craft, we talked about who we should be thankful to (the Lord), and about whether we should thank Him for only big things or big things and little things. The answer was echoed in the printed-out verse we also put on our papers: “In everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

I gave each child their “sky” paper and their tree trunk. They glued their trunks onto their sky papers and then I had them take turns saying what they were thankful for. I had the leaves already cut out and just wrote their answers down as they said them, one at a time, and had them come and get their leaf to glue on while their friends took their turns. These kids were mostly 6 and under so the timing worked out perfectly.

Their sweet answers about what they were thankful for touched me almost every time. I liked that all the other children heard each thing their friends were thankful for as well. And the finished product is very pretty (no matter the skill level of the child) and a fantastic reminder and keepsake.

I have to share the kids’ trees and what they were thankful for. Just too sweet. (Excuse my while I gush.)

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N is thankful for:

  • Turkey
  • House
  • Alex
  • Daddy
  • Luis
  • Auntie Shifrah
  • Ivan
  • Daddy (again)
  • Mommy
  • Isabelle

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D, who spent half of craft time going potty ;), is thankful for:

  • Pictures
  • Rides
  • Daddy
  • Feet
  • House

 

 

 

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T is thankful for:

  • Zeko
  • My attic
  • Mommy
  • Isabelle
  • Daddy
  • Turkey
  • The Lord
  • My house
  • Circus
  • Myself

 

R is thankful for:thanksgiving craft-2

  • Sisters
  • Brothers
  • Daddy
  • Mommy
  • My family
  • Rides
  • Toys
  • Food
  • House

 

E is thankful for:thanksgiving craft-6

  • Mommy
  • Isabelle
  • Whole family
  • Thanksgiving
  • House
  • My art things
  • Doggie
  • Mommy’s albums
  • Beach
  • Art

J is thankful for:

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  • God
  • Ivan
  • Philip
  • Car
  • Colors
  • Mommy
  • Danny
  • Mommy
  • Family

Make Your Own Thankfulness Trees

What you need:

  • construction paper — consider blue for the sky, brown for the tree trunk, and fall colors for the leaves (although of course anything goes)
  • scissors
  • gluesticks
  • marker

What to do:

  1. Cut out strips of construction paper in the leaf colors and then cut leaves from these strips, making sure they are big enough to write on.
  2. Cut out tree trunks from the brown paper. You can do two per sheet of construction paper.
  3. Print and cut out a verse if you are going to use one.
  4. Pass out the sky papers and the verses and tree trunks for the children to glue down.
  5. Have the children take turns saying what they are thankful for, one at a time, and write their answers, one per leaf.
  6. Have them glue each leaf on.

Done! Beautiful!

For more construction paper crafts, check out:

Shredded Paper Snowmen

Strip Mosaic Stained Glass Window

For more crafts in general, check out:

 Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Salt Paintings

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Windows

Construction Paper Crafts: Shredded Paper Snowmen

Another easy construction paper craft, thanks to Pinterest: shredded paper snowmen. kids crafts, shredded paper snowmen on display

We added a few of our own elements: sequins for colorful “snow,” and pipe cleaner scarves (Elora’s idea).
kids gluing shredded paper onto their craft

boy using sequins as snow in his craft

The project is pretty self-explanatory.
What you need:
  • shredded paper
  • construction paper — background, black hat, orange carrot nose
  • glue
  • googly eyes
  • sequins
  • pipe cleaners
  • marker
And when we were done, we hung them in our kids artwork display frame.
kids crafts on display

Construction Paper Craft: Strip Mosaic Stained Glass Window

My sister (whose apartment, she corrected me, is not her first, although it is her first since undergraduate years)… anyway, my sister — we’ll call her TatEE — is a kids’ art projects WHIZ. She often passes these projects along to me, and has encouraged me to share them here.

So if you’re in the market for a repertoire of kids’ art project or craft ideas (as if Pinterest isn’t enough), here’s an easy one to try. Especially for larger groups of young children (like for children’s meeting), I tend to prefer simple, disaster-proof creations. Some combination of construction paper and glue often fits the bill.

Lest you think “bor-riiiing,” I present: The Strip Mosaic Stained Glass Window. =) (List of directions at the end, though the pictures are pretty self-explanatory.)

construction paper crafts heart with colored strips

construction paper strips

construction paper strips glued to paper

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Elora added her own touch to her mosiac by ripping some of her strips into pieces. I let her go with it, of course.

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This sweet, sweet look — contentment with her creation, satisfaction at her accomplishment, confirmed confidence in her ability to create — epitomizes so much of what I think makes art projects such a profound experience in a young child’s learning process. TatEE could say much, much more on the topic.

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Elora chose to use the same color for her “window.” construction paper crafts

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Construction Paper Craft: Strip Mosaic Stained Glass Window Instructions

  1. Cut various colors of construction paper into strips. (Since I was planning this project for very young children, I did this beforehand myself.)
  2. Swirl some glue over a paper color of the child’s choosing.
  3. Let the child pick strips to stick down onto the paper.
  4. Have them choose a shape and color for the window portion of their project. Cut out the shape for them, or if they are old enough, let them do it themselves.
  5. Glue the window on top of the base paper.