Create Hearts of Thankfulness with a Thanksgiving Tree Project

thankful treeDo you want to encourage, inspire and create thankful hearts in your children?

I do! What better time to start something fun and hands on than the month of November for Thanksgiving?

When October was coming to a close my mind instantly went to the next holiday – Thanksgiving. I prayed and asked to Lord how I could help my kids cultivate gratefulness and thankfulness in the hearts of my children. And guess what friends? He answered! He is so faithful to answer…. we only need to ask Him. Within moments this tree came to my mind and I knew exactly what to do 🙂

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By creating a Thanksgiving Tree we were able to write, read and see the goodness of God in our life every day! There is always something to be grateful for…always! Even my 11-year-old loved it, so I don’t think there is an age limit to this awesome project.

Doin a Thanksgiving Tree taught our family this…

  • There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
  • This was not only for my kids, it was for me as well.
  • Be thankful for the big and little things in our life.
  • Nothing is too small to be grateful for…..like “raking leaves”
  • God wants us to have hearts of contentment. By doing this we were more thankful throughout our day.
  • We can have fun while being thankful!
  • It made us think about what we truly were grateful, instead of plowing through our busy day.
  • Being creative is fun!

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” – Ephesians 5:20

Create a Thanksgiving Tree For Your Family:

  1. Find space that you can use for a month. I cleaned off the side of my fridge and started there.
  2. Get brown paper or I used brown wrapping paper at Dollar Tree and lay it out then draw a tree like figure and cut it out.
  3. Tape tree down to the fridge.
  4. Make a pocket and tape to fridge so children can get their leaves at any time.
  5. Get paper and pre-cut leaves. I used computer paper and cut a quick and easy leaf so I could make as many as the kids would want.
  6. I put crayons in a little container on the kitchen table where they could color the leaves with ease.
  7. As the days went on we created other accents to make it our Thankful Tree! I hand drew a sign that said, “We are Thankful For” with crayons and computer paper.
  8. Make it fun and add extras! My son made a scarecrow pumpkin and worm from his preschool glass and we knew it had to go next to our Thanksgiving Tree. Then I found a chipmunk online, so they colored it and we added him to the scene.You can add whatever you would like…it can be lots of fun for the kids!
  9. Have fun praising the Lord daily!

We did our Thanksgiving Tree leaves is the morning with our devotional time almost every morning before we did homeschool. There were days when we got around it by lunch, but you do what makes it workforo your family! Seriously no stressing about this part! The Thanksgiving Tree is not only for homeschool families, it is easily adaptable to fit into any families schedule. Thank you Lord for giving us hearts of thankfulness when we seek you! 

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As the month of November closes we are all excited to have started a new family tradition for the Fall and Thanksgiving! The boys loved it and as the trees were letting go of all their leaves outside, the tree inside was growing more and more with thankful leaves.

Let us be intentional to create hearts of thankfulness in each of our hearts this Thanksgiving!

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Also, if you are looking for a Thanksgiving Activity Placemat for your kiddos, go HERE and get your FREE copies!

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14 comments

  1. Deb Foster says:

    What a cute, clever idea. Wish I had known about it when my kids were small. You’re right…there is always something to be thankful for. I work in the medical field and when people complain about trouble sleeping, instead of the proverbial “counting sheep,” I tell them to count their blessings…starting with the fact that they woke up that morning. 🙂

  2. Dana Stowell Hoebeke says:

    Loved teaching the kids “hearts of contentment”. It’s such an issue today with kids always wanting what’s next and best.

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