Our Thanks Giving Tree

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I often feel bad for Thanksgiving.  It seems that it is often overlooked in the rush of excitement to get to ChristmasThanksgiving is an important holiday for families and I love that there is not much stress involved in the planning and preparation.   It’s a holiday that can be enjoyed by everyone and a chance to express what we are thankful for in our lives.
To help my children experience the true meaning of Thanksgiving and to place more emphasis on this sometimes forgotten holiday, I made a Thanks Giving Tree.  I put it up right in our entry hall so we will all pass by it many times a day reminding us of all that we have to be thankful for.
This tree would be awesome for any Thanksgiving guests you are having.  Have each guest write down one or two (or more!) things that they are thankful for in their lives and watch the tree grow right before your eyes.  Just a fantastic way to visualize and represent how much we all have to be thankful for.

brown and fall colored paper
leaf template
glue dots, adhesive putty, or tape

I made the tree out of brown paper.  Just cut out a trunk and some branches and stick it to your wall.  I used glue dots but adhesive putty or even tape would work just fine.

Once your tree is looking good, it’s time to cut out some leaves.  I traced the leaf onto four different colors of paper and cut them out.  You can use the template here.  Make sure you cut out plenty so that when you want to add a leaf to the tree you don’t have to cut more out.
 I supplemented the paper leaves with some leaves that I got at the dollar store. I don’t have any fancy machines but I printed out “Give Thanks” in a font and size that I liked.  Cut it out and put it above the tree.
Each person in our family has different color leaves and anytime we are feeling thankful for something, we can write it down on the leaf and add it to the tree.  As we realize how much we have to be thankful for, our tree continues to grow.
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  1. I am going to do this in my classroom! With 70 students I bet we will have a very full and beautiful tree.

  2. I am also planning this for my preK kids. I really like it for home, too. I’m going to get to work today!

  3. We love to do this! Last year we used apple shaped post it notes instead of leaves for an easy and different option. Thanks for reminding me to pull mine out! Saw your link at Ladybird Ln.

  4. Love this! So cute!

  5. Very nice! I like the idea of making a leaf ANY time someone feels thankful!

  6. What a fabulous idea! I agree with you, poor Thanksgiving just gets overlooked but it’s so important to stop and be grateful for all that we have! Would you share this at my holiday party?

  7. This is so cute! Life is busy & it is always a great reminder for us to take the time to be thankful! I would love for you to link up at my TGIF Linky Party http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
    Beth =-)

  8. What a sweet tree! Stopping by from TGIF!

  9. I just followed you back =-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Super cute – new favorite of the week =-) Hopping over from TGIF Linky Party.

  11. I love this tree and how it is at eye level with your little guy.

    I’d love for you to come link up this post in my Holiday Tips, Crafts & Recipes link up! Here it is: http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2011/11/crock-pot-pizza-soup.html
    Thanks! Susie

  12. What a wonderful idea! I love that the tree is small enough that it can be reached.

  13. We do a thankful tree as well. I think it is always fun for the whole family
    I’d love for you to link up to my linky party


  14. Featured this today on One Artsy Mama! Stop by and grab a button if you like!


  15. This is too cute. I think I want to do this with my Almost three year old!! I’m you newest follower from the TGIF linky Party! Stop by my blog when you get a chance!

  16. I love it and really want to do something like this with our kiddos this year too! Thanks so much for sharing this creative idea with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  17. This is wonderful idea. It is a great way to get kids to start thinking about what they are thankful for. I will have to try this idea with my family. Thanks for sharing.

  18. so cute!! I need to make something like this!

  19. We all certainly have much to be thankful for. Good reminder and a great idea for a children’s
    fun project in class, a smaller version of course. Thanks for sharing… Kathi

    I saw your post on Mady by you Monday @ Skip to my Lou

  21. SOOOO creative. what a great idea..Would love for you to stop in sometime and share this via my thanksgiving craft party pweease.. TY http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/three-weeks-of-thanksthankful-for.html

  22. What a fun idea and a great tradition to start! I’d love if you’d come join our Harvest Link Party going on through Thanksgiving. Any and all Thanksgiving and fall projects are welcome.



  23. This is so fun. I would love for you to come over on Thursday and link up to The CSI Project.
    The challenge is Thanksgiving and you just might win the top prize or giveaway.
    Come on by and see us anytime. Great tutorials going up everyday this week.

  24. Love this idea.

  25. This is perfect! I am pinning it for sure :)

  26. So creative!! Thank you

  27. Great idea! I’m debating if it’s worth trying out this year or not, since I have a feeling my 1-year old will rip it down once I get it set up all pretty. :(
    I found your blog through Trendy Treehouse.

  28. What a lovely idea – we don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK but I can use this with my class as part of our religious education. Thank-you for sharing.
    Jo x

  29. That is such a great idea. I could see it being a big hit at my Thanksgiving celebration this year. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  30. I love it! I can’t wait to have my boys try this out. :)
    -Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

  31. This is such a great project and you gave me inspiration for something to do with the kiddos today. Thanks for linking up!

    Alicia @ Polka Dot Elephant

  32. So stinkin’ cute for the little ones!!

  33. I agree that Thanksgiving is often overlooked…we purposely wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate. I love your tree! I’ve seen quite a few in blogland and yours is one of my favorites! Although my son is only 19 months so has no idea…next year we are going to be doing a Thanksgiving Tree! Visiting from Clean & Scentsible Linky Party!

  34. I need to make one of these for our family! Thanks for sharing!

  35. What a great idea! I’m a big fan of Thanksgiving – already can’t wait for it to be here!

    Please consider adding your post (and any others you like) to my weekly Thrifty Thursdays blog party. Here’s the link: http://quiltedcupcake.blogspot.com/2011/11/thrifty-thursdays-5.html

  36. Great idea! :)

  37. What a fantastic way to teach gratitude to your little ones. Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday!

  38. that is awesome! Love it!

  39. Visiting from the Hungry Hypo link party. Great idea!

  40. Love this idea for kids!


  41. This is super cute! We need to spend more time thinking about what we are thankful for! Thanks for your continued support of What’s In The Gunny Sack.

  42. This is so adorable! I’d love for you to come link up in my Thanksgiving Crafts & Recipes Link up! It just went live! Thank you!



  43. Love this idea. Such a great visual reminder of what this holiday is all about!

  44. How cute!!!!!! I love this!!!!! Thank you for this great post!!!!!!

  45. This is the best idea for kids! Perfect for this time of year, and a great reminder of all the blessings we have! Thanks for linking up at Show & Share! I appreciate your support!

  46. Thanks so much for letting me link this post up at Tip Junkie!
    You can see it here http://www.tipjunkie.com/15-terrific-thanksgiving-papercraft-tutorials-paper-crafts/

  47. That is so adorable. If I didn’t live in an apartment, I’d make one =)
    Im your newest follower. WOuld love a follow back.

  48. Thanksgiving definitely gets the short end of the stick. It is one of my favorite holidays.

    I really like your thankful tree – we did a mini version of this with a wreath. I would love to do something like this though.

    Thanks for sharing & linking to the Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you this week.

  49. What a fun way to get the kids involved!
    Good work!

    Cute too!
    hugs ~ Crystelle

  50. What a great idea! And a great sentiment. :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  51. This is adorable. <3 Nice tree too. Looks very Thanksgiving-ish. Sets out autumn colors.

  52. Love that I found you, and love this “family tree”. What a great idea for Thanksgiving season. Sharing it with my readers. Thank you!

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