Just mentioning the word "Thanksgiving" often conjures up memories for many. Traditions are relived and new ones are born on this joyous family holiday. Why not start a new one with your children with this fun and simple activity.
To make your own Thanksgiving Tree you will need the following:
sheet of white poster board
tempera paint, markers or crayons
construction paper in red, yellow, green and orange
glue or tape
glitter glue (optional)
Variation: This project can also be easily adapted to a cork board (see photo) by simply using colored push pins to match the leaves. Use brown construction paper to make the tree trunk.
Draw the tree trunk freehand. At the top of the posterboard, entitle your tree "Smith Kids Thanksgiving Tree",
inserting your family surname in the title.
With a pencil on poster board, draw a basic tree with a branch for each child in
the family. If you only have 1-2 children, it might be fun to include two or
three branches for each child.
Using tempera paint, markers, or crayons color the tree trunk brown. On red,
orange, green and yellow construction paper, trace 10 copies of each child's
hand. Cut out and give each child their "leaves".
Each child writes one thing that they are thankful for on each leaf (grown ups
can help if needed!). You may decorate the leaves with glitter glue if you like.
Next, tape or glue the leaves onto their designated branches.
This makes a great activity to keep kids happy during a large family gathering.
Hint: Make the base ahead of time for quick start up.
Hang up the Thanksgiving Tree where the whole family can see it. Makes a great
conversation piece! Later, after dinner, have the children present their tree to
the family gathered around. Each child tells what they are thankful for and why.
For added fun, make additional posterboard bases up ahead of time so that the
rest of the family can add their leaves as well. Have supplies at the ready!
Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She is also the
owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine.
on this article or submit your tip to CreativeHomemaking.com.
for a printer friendly version of this page.
Follow me on Pinterest
Receive new article links via Twitter
Follow Creative Homemaking on Facebook
this article to a friend!
our article archives.
to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.