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.
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.)
N is thankful for:
- Auntie Shifrah
- Daddy (again)
D, who spent half of craft time going potty ;), is thankful for:
T is thankful for:
- My attic
- The Lord
- My house
- My family
- Whole family
- My art things
- Mommy’s albums
J is thankful for:
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)
What to do:
- 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.
- Cut out tree trunks from the brown paper. You can do two per sheet of construction paper.
- Print and cut out a verse if you are going to use one.
- Pass out the sky papers and the verses and tree trunks for the children to glue down.
- Have the children take turns saying what they are thankful for, one at a time, and write their answers, one per leaf.
- Have them glue each leaf on.
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