Our Gratitude Tree: What Are You Grateful For?

Our Gratitude Tree:  What are you grateful for?

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.

Drawing our leaf outlines.

Drawing our leaf outlines.

Practicing cutting skills.

Practicing cutting skills.

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.

Maisy scribing her thankfulness.

Maisy scribing her thankfulness.

Maren doing her best to copy key words for her gratitude leaves.  She was so determined!

Maren doing her best to copy key words for her gratitude leaves.  She was so determined!

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.

 

Our gratitude leaf pile.

Our gratitude leaf pile.

Constructing our decorative masking tape tree with Dad.

Constructing our decorative masking tape tree with Dad.

Thankful for our health, I love everybody, music.

Thankful for our health, I love everybody, music.

Thankful for new ideas, I love jumping on trampolines.

Thankful for new ideas, I love jumping on trampolines.

Grateful for our community, Peace Love Joy, Playing with me, Loving me, Play, Friends, Love, Home, Mina (dog).

Grateful for our community, Peace Love Joy, Playing with me, Loving me, Play, Friends, Love, Home, Mina (dog).

Thank you for keeping me healthy, I love Dada, Grateful for food and water, Grateful for family and friends.

Thank you for keeping me healthy, I love Dada, Grateful for food and water, Grateful for family and friends.

Our little loves in the hallway of gratefulness. 

Our little loves in the hallway of gratefulness. 

Now we have a colorful hallway of beauty full of everything we are grateful for.  

Our Gratitude Tree:  What are you thankful for?

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.