You all know how much kid crafting and activities we do over here and how much I love sharing them. I know many of you have also expressed how much you enjoy these types of post. But this Fall, I have decided not to put too many on the blog as I have other areas of the blog that I am trying to develop. But I created this little Thankful Tree for the kids and we just love it so much. Teaching kids to be thankful and appreciate the good things they have is such a great way to help them learn good characteristics. While Thanksgiving Season is not the only time to give thanks it sure is a good place to start.
I bought a pack of apple cut-outs for about $2 bucks (or just a few cents over) during the “back-to-school” sale in August and did not yet know how I would use it.
Eventually, I figured I would create some ‘thankful’ cards with them. My first idea was to draw an apple tree unto a green piece of construction paper and stick all the cards unto it. Which I did early November, but could not figure out a place to hang the thing.
Note: Our girls are 4 and 2. So to get them to understand “thankful” I had to use words like, “what are you happy to have?” Then I would give them a few examples or a few prompts. This is not therapy class people; it is just dealing with little kids:=) And as they told me what they are thankful for, I wrote them down on the apple cut-outs.
I also added “S” and “B” at the bottom for the kids initials to keep note of who was thankful for what.
I had a cool piece of branch I found outside last week which came in handy for plan B. My intent with the branch is to make a DIY Christmas project. Since it was more than I needed, I figured I would use the rest of it to create a simple “Thankful Tree”.
To make it, I used a vase filled with sand. (I had the sand in the vase just sitting in my storage waiting to be used somewhere).
Then I broke of pieces of wood from the original branch so they would all fit in the vase.
Next, I used something to attach the cut-outs to the tree.
I first tried tape and stuck them to the back of each card and attached them to the tree. The tape was not double-sided so I had to fold them over to get them to be double-sided. I did not want the tape to show.
But some of them fell off so I decided to use some clothes pins. They are always a good option for holding things securely.
Once I got it all set up, my husband and kids commented on how nice it was. Doesn’t that make you feel great when your family approves of the simple things?!
The idea is to remove a card from the tree each day, discuss with the girls why they are thankful for the item that is written on there. Once we are done with it, we will place it in this basket.
We will continue this way until all the cards are removed by Thanksgiving Day. Then maybe I would use the tree for something else.
What do you think? Do you love how simple this activity is to do with the kiddos? And how do you teach “thankfulness” to little kids? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.