Gratitude Tree

By Lady DIY

With Thanksgiving approaching, gratitude is often on our minds. While gratitude can be a tricky concept to teach youngsters, it’s also one of the most important. Being grateful shifts our focus from what is lacking or not ideal to what is already present and good in our lives.

Supplies Needed:
White Construction Paper (4 pieces)
Brown Construction Paper (1 piece)
Watercolors in yellow, orange and brown
Paintbrush
Pencil
Scissors
Glue stick

Step 1: Using watercolors, paint one piece of white construction paper yellow, paint one piece orange, and paint one piece brown. Don’t worry about completely covering the paper – your leaves will look more interesting with some streaks. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 2: Cut out a tree trunk and simple branches from brown construction paper. Glue the tree trunk to the last piece of white construction paper.

Step 3: Using a leftover scrap of brown construction paper, create a leaf template that’s about one inch long.

Step 4: Trace the leaf template several times onto each of the watercolor-painted papers. To avoid visible pencil lines, trace onto the unpainted side of the paper. Cut out leaves.

Variation 1: For each day of November, ask your child to come up with one thing for which he or she is thankful and write it on a leaf. At the end of the month, you’ll have thirty leaves to glue to the tree.

Variation 2: If you’ll be seeing extended family or friends for the holiday, ask each person to write down one or two things for which he or she is thankful. Each leaf is then glued to the tree.

Bonus: Gratitude isn’t just for the month of November! At dinnertime each day, ask each family member to share “What are you most thankful for today?” This is great way to teach your kids (and to remind us adults!) to practice gratitude throughout the year.

Lady DIY lives in Rocklin and stays at home with her three boys. When she’s not too busy with DIY projects around the house, she enjoys gardening, fitness and living the glamorous life of a baseball/soccer/football mom.

More Articles

Identifying Vision Problems in Your Child

By Aaron Barriga Did you know that 80% of what all children learn is purely visual? This indicates that if…

Don’t Panic About Anxiety: Teach Teens To Navigate Nerves When Anxiousness Strikes

By Christina Katz With so many kids afflicted with anxiety these days, parents are wise to discuss how to manage…

Making a Difference in a Child’s Life Through Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Michelle Carter Photos by: Memories by Michelle Photography | www.mbymphotos.com Do you remember the adults in your childhood that…

Toy Rotation: Reduce Toy Clutter in Six Easy Steps

By Sarah Lyons Toy clutter, it’s a problem all parents face. From the toddler years when blocks, push toys and…

From 1 to 100: Girl Given 1% Chance to Live is Now Ready to Graduate 100%

California Connections Academy @ Ripon Offers Education Without Limitations Elk Grove resident Zoe Deibel, 18, is used to beating the…

Hooked on Books: Motivate Your Child to Read with Movies this Winter

By Janeen Lewis Pairing books with movies is an easy way to encourage reading during the winter months when it’s…

15 Ideas for Rainy Day Play

By Shannon Smith We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite ideas for rainy day play that will brighten up even the…

Keeping Kids Smart & Safe Online

By Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer Roseville Police Department Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Flickr, and Vimeo are just some of…

Countdown to Christmas!

By Lady DIY Christmas is hands-down my favorite holiday. It’s the things that we do only for a short time…

Subscribe to the Parent Newsletter

Our latest articles, resources and tips—direct to your inbox.

Follow Sacramento Parent