Personally, I don’t think you can teach children to be thankful without guiding them in understanding what being thankful means and how to focus on those blessings in our lives that give us cause to be thankful.
As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving, we tend to reflect more on God’s blessings. If only we did this all year long!
To help our children see just how much we have to be thankful for we created our annual Tree of Thankfulness.
You need only a few things: a blank, white (or colorful) sheet of poster board, some paper, Autumn-colored leaves, a brown marker, pencils and tape.
On the poster board take your brown marker and draw a barren deciduous tree. (This is an awesome moment to review what barren means and what happens to deciduous trees in the Fall) 🙂
Here is mine: No laughing!
In addition to drawing the barren tree, I also wrote Ephesians 5:20 at the top of the poster.
I use tape to attach the poster board to the wall. You can use tacky tape or anything that will keep your walls nice.
Here is where the children, paper Autumn colored leaves and pencils come in.
Every day before Thanksgiving each child writes something they are thankful for on a leaf, and we attach to the tree. You can do this starting just a few days before Thanksgiving or even weeks. The longer you do this the harder it gets. It really makes the children, and myself, examine ALL of our blessings.
This is what the tree looks like after the first day.
When Thanksgiving arrives, the tree and the ground around it will be full of leaves!
We always have a fun time creating our tree and realizing just how blessed we are. As a mom, I think what I enjoy the most is watching the children count their blessings. Good moments!!
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Have a blessed day,