At the beginning of November last year I saw this fun idea posted on someone's Facebook page (not sure). Because I always love to find ways to incorporate lessons on gratitude along with some crafty fun into our daily lives I loved the idea right away. I took the picture of the tree in my head and drew it out on poster board. Then, we taped it together and Andrew (then 5 1/2) colored it in with markers. We found some leaf shape templates online, printed them out, traced them onto orange, green and yellow construction paper and cut them out. We had so much fun doing this together while Noah (then 2 1/2) napped. Although it doesn't look quite as "fancy" and "perfect" as the picture that probably came from Pinterest, Andrew thought it was "the coolest thing ever!" And thanked me repeatedly for making it with him.
|This is what it looked like when we we began|
Every day, as a family, we removed one leaf. Each of us told something we were thankful for that day, trying to never repeat the same thing all month. I wrote it on the leaf and put it on the ground beneath the tree. Then, we would pray, thanking God for those blessings.
|This is what we had at the end.|
This year I hope to make a big paper turkey, adding our thanks to each feather. But that's for another FUN DAY Monday post.
Remember it's the simplest things that mean the most to our children. Mostly it's about taking time to do the fun stuff. When we incorporate life lessons and Biblical values into the fun, memories are made and the lessons often stick better...in their hearts and ours.
"O give thanks to the LORD...for He is good!"
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