Thanksgiving was not all about the brine-soaked smoked turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, and steaming-hot pumpkin pie with whipped cream…The THANKSGIVING TREE was the hit of the day.
Early in the week we each wrote seven things we were thankful for. One ‘thank you’ per leaf. Even the little ones can write or draw their what-I-am-thankful-for thoughts. What a perfect idea for the classroom too!
START with a simple leaf pattern.
LAY OUT CONSTRUCTION PAPER (orange, yellow, red, brown)
Fold the construction paper in half then open it and lay it flat. Fold the edges to the center. This will make 4 leaves.
Place the leaf pattern fold against the fold in the paper and trace around the leaf.
Trace around the leaf pattern three more times, always placing the leaf pattern-fold against the paper-fold. Cut out the leaves. Remind smaller children to keep the paper folded when cutting around the trace line.
MAKE A STAND
My handyman son-in-law found a perfect ‘tree’ and made a stand out of wood. A bucket of sand makes a great stand too. Make sure the ‘trunk’ is long enough to touch the bottom of the bucket. Next, layer sand with a few stones. Fill the sand to the top of the bucket.
WRITE ‘THANK YOU’ NOTES
HANG THE LEAVES ON THE TREE
Punch holes in the leaves. Use string or paper clips to hang the leaves from the tree branches. We used fishing line but wouldn’t ribbon, raffia, or twine look cute too?
We took turns reading the leaves. It was a VERY MOVING time and made us all aware of each other and the meaning of being THANKFUL. I am hoping this will be an annual event.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!