Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Thanksgiving Tree

thanksgiving tree
Teaching your children gratitude is an important part in developing caring, compassionate human beings. In our home, we have a nightly ritual where we spend some time reflecting before bedtime and I have my preschooler name a few things she is thankful for. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the beautiful fall season, we made a fun craft that is easy and helps your child reflect on the many things they are thankful for.

  • large canvas (scored mine at dollarama!) or bristol board
  • nontoxic paint (various colours- brown, red, orange, yellow, green)
  • sponge brush or paint brush
  • black sharpie

  1. Paint a tree trunk and branches onto the canvas
    thanksgiving tree
  2. Using different paint colours, have your child fill the tree branches with "leaves" using their handprints
    thanksgiving tree
  3. Allow to dry
  4. Using a black sharpie write one thing your child is thankful for on each leaf (you would be surprised with what they come up with)
  5. Proudly display their artwork!
    thanksgiving tree
My preschooler was so proud of her artwork and really thought carefully about all the things she is thankful for in her life. Such a great way to start off this gorgeous Thanksgiving weekend.

What kinds of activities do you do with your kids to instill gratitude? Feel free to share with us below! And a very happy Thanksgiving to all of our loyal smocks and sprinkles readers. We are so thankful for all of you <3

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