Make a Thankful Tree Craft With Your Kids- a Thanksgiving Keepsake
Make a craft with your kids that you can always treasure. A Thankful Tree will be a precious keepsake and snapshot of a sweet time with your kids. You can add to your Thankful Tree every year and you can ask your Thanksgiving guests to fill out one of the circles. Enjoy this craft that Dani made with her two little ones!
“Fall is, in my opinion, the most beautiful time of year. I love seeing all of the trees changing colors and the crisp feel in the air. Having grown up in California, we never really got to experience the different hues of red, orange and yellow on the trees.
I have since relocated to Alabama and I must say, I have missed out! It is so beautiful out here. My husband doesn’t much care for the chore of raking the leaves up off the grass every weekend but I do enjoy watching my children running and jumping into to piles he has made. Their laughter and giggles warm my heart.
Another favorite thing I love about fall is Thanksgiving. It seems that now a days everyone is so quick to jump right into the Christmas spirit after Halloween and yet we are forgetting this amazing holiday and time of year. Thanksgiving is not just about having a day off in the middle of the week (and if your lucky you get Friday off too) and watching football while stuffing our faces with turkey and stuffing and all of things that come along with such a big meal. This is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for.
I have seen the Thankful Tree all over Pinterest and have been dying to do this with my family. What better day than today, as it was a beautiful rainy day.
What I did was went to my local Hobby Lobby and purchased a few sheets of fall scrapbook paper, sticks and some raffia. I pre-cut some 2″ circles out with my circle cutter out of the scrap book paper and hole punched them to put the raffia through so that we would be able to hang “thanks”.
I used an old canning jar, washed it out really good and tied a raffia bow around the top. After supper, my husband and I sat with the kids and wrote on the back of each thankful coin what we were all thankful. My husband and I had the usual things to be thankful for like our babies, jobs etc. but my kids had simple things that they were thankful for such as crayons to color with and toys to play with and we wrote every single one down.
Once we finished that we tied each one up on the sticks and there you have it, our beautiful “Thankful Tree”. It was a great opportunity to teach our children to be thankful for everything as well as spending some quality family time together which coincidentally was one of the things I was most thankful for. As you can see my family has MANY things to be thankful for.”
Have you done a craft like this with your family? We would love for you to share it with us!