Thankful Tree

imageWith November ushering in Thanksgiving, this is a perfect way to start your month with your kids. This craft is interactive, colorful, and opens up dinner conversation for the family.

With each passing day you are forced to think of something different that you are thankful for. Something all of us could do a lot more of. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around you have a whole tree to read over to remind everyone of your thankful thoughts. It’s also a super quick craft only taking about 10-15 minutes to do depending on how much of a perfectionist you want to be.

What you need:

Construction Paper:

-Brown (6)

-Red (4)

-Orange (4)

-Yellow (4)

Tape

Double Sided Tape (or something to mount the tree on the wall)

Marker

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Materials for project.

 

 

 

1. Take all of the brown pieces and lay them out to slightly resemble a tree. One piece per branch, and about three pieces vertically for the trunk. Make sure the edges overlap about an inch.

2. Tape the inner edges as much as possible. You don’t have to cover it all, just most. (Refer to pic)

3. Flip the taped papers over so that the tape is now face down. Draw out the tree on the contraction paper using the marker.

4. Cut tree out. (I took this opportunity to fix some branches I didn’t really like.)

5. Flip tree over again so that tape is face up. Use double sided tape and place in appropriate places to insure tree will stick firmly to wall without flipping around.

 

6. Hang tree up and embellish with some details. I also labeled mine “the thankful tree” and added some bark lines. Not perfect, but I thought pretty cute none the less.

7. Using the colored paper, cut out 24 leaves of each color. I used a color per person but you are more than welcome to your own creative thoughts. 🙂 Place leaves in basket with a pen.

8. Every night at dinner time write down what you’re thankful for on a leaf and pin to tree. When Thanksgiving comes, read all the leaves to remind yourselves all the good things you have to be thankful for.

I hope you all have fun with it! Feel free to send me pics.

 

until next time…

-VM

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