Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thanksgiving Activity for the Family
I just want to share a Thanksgiving activity that I did with my kids when they were young(er). We had a Thankful Tree. I wish I had a picture to share, but back in the day, I was horrible at taking regular pictures. And when I did, I'd be lucky to get the roll of film developed within the year. Anyway, I would take a paper brown grocery bag and cut it along a side corner length wise and cut out the entire bottom. I would now have a nice big piece of brown paper. I would tape it to the wall, blank side facing out. This has do be done at a height that is attainable for each child to reach. I would then use a marker to make the trunk of a large tree, and some grass, too. Using colored construction paper: yellow, orange, red and green, I would cut out large leaf shapes. If you have scrapbooking materials, you may have a leaf stencil. You could use a cookie cutter, too.
At the top of the paper, I would write: "We are thankful for. . . . . . . ". Everyday, each family member would select a leaf of any color, and write on it (by themselves or with help from Mom or Dad), one thing that they are thankful for. That leaf is then taped onto the tree. Some can be taped on the grass, as though they have fallen.
I would always allow them to write whatever they wanted on those leaves. After all, they have their own feelings and emotions. If they were thankful for video games, so be it. After all, I did write 'chocolate' every year. There were the pets, Dad's job, clean clothes, nice neighbors, etc.
And come Thanksgiving Day, we had a beautifully colorful tree that was full of the wonderful blessings of which we were all so thankful.
I believe this activity helped them as got older to appreciate, every day, the things that were provided for them.