Make a Thanksgiving Tree with Grandchildren

Thanksgiving_treeLooking for some ideas of activities to do on Thanksgiving Day with your grandchildren — and other family members?

Why not make a Thanksgiving tree?

(It’s nice that I had a sister, two nieces, and a nephew that was willing to be in this photo that I took of our Thanksgiving tree activity last year.)

Years ago, I made and laminated a poster of a bare tree without any leaves. (Because it was laminated, I could re-use it many times for different activities.)

A local store had paper punches that people could use for free. (This was in the day before Cricut and Silhouete machines.) I cut out a bunch of various colors of leaves from construction paper.

Last year, I had family members take one leaf and write on it the things that they were thankful for. Then, they taped their leaves to the tree. The object was to fill the tree full of leaves — things they were thankful for.

I had a pattern to make the tree.  I would share it with you but I don’t have it any more because that was oh so long ago. I can’t find it. Sigh. But, here are some fall colored leaves that you could print up to use.

However, you really don’t have to have a tree pattern or anything fancy.  Just draw a simple tree on a poster board or butcher paper. Cut out the leaves and have your grandchildren write on the leaves what they are thankful for.

The idea is for them to think of all of the blessings they have, all of the wonderful things in their lives, and be grateful for them — especially their FABULOUS grandmother . . .

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