Teaching the girls to be thankful and mindful about what they have is a big priority of ours. So, today, with no other plans, we decided to make our Gratitude Tree as a family. I was inspired by this beautiful gratitude tree I saw on Kids Activity Blog. Though, the end product is a different project the lovely sentiment is the same. Teaching kids to be thankful. It was a fun activity that the girls really got into. They were engaged the entire time excitedly plunging forward into each new step. The girls were learning and practicing skills throughout without even really noticing it.
Here is how we did it:
1. We picked all the fall colors we wanted to include as leaves on our tree.
2. Each leaf was hand drawn, then cut out. Cutting the leaves out gave a lot of fine motor practice.
3. After the leaves were cut out, we all wrote down what we were thankful for on the leaves and shared our thoughts as the pile of leaves grew. Maisy was doing very well spelling and writing down her own thoughts on her leaves without much help now with two months of kindergarten under her belt. For Maren, just a bit over three, I wrote down key words or letters in her gratefulness statements and she did her best to copy them down just like her big sister.
4. After all of our leaves were ready, we moved to the hallway where we used decorative masking tape to make a tree on the wall with many branches. During this process we all taped our grateful leaves on the tree.