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Fall Into Thankfulness – Thankful Tree

Fall is finally here, and my girls couldn’t be more excited. We have been talking about Thanksgiving at our house, what it means to be thankful, and all of the wonderful gifts that we are thankful for. My girls are still little, so when we first began they were thankful for ice cream and toys. I decided to help them have a more concrete understanding of just how much in their lives there is to be thankful for that we would make a thankful tree. 


  • Construction paper of different colors (I used brown for the trunk, red, yellow, orange, and green for the leaves)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil/Pen to trace a handprint.
  • Tape
  • Marker to write with.

The first thing I did was to trace lots of hands. I traced mine and my oldest daughter’s hand multiple times, and then we began to cut out the hand prints.  It takes a lot of hand prints. We are a family of seven. The kids insisted on including grandma and our two dogs. We figured that we would need one leave per person for every day in November, so that meant we cut out 210 leaves. 

Fall Into Thankfulness

Cutting all of these hands is hard work.

The next thing we did was decide where to place our trunk, for our tree, and taped it to the wall.

Fall into thankfulness

Our thankful tree trunk

Every day during dinner we talk about our day and what we are thankful for that day. After supper we each take one leaf, write on it, and tape it to the wall. It is nice to see our tree growing everyday. I cant wait to see what it will look like at the end of the month. 

Fall into Thankfulness

We have so much to be thankful for.

I plan to keep our thankful tree up so that it can continue to grow with us. I love that when the girls or I are having a bad day the tree is a gentle reminder that things really aren’t so bad after all.

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Susan is a stay at home mom to two spunky little girls, ages 4 and 1. She likes to keep the girls busy with lots of outside activities, gymnastics, dance, music, and seasonal sports. However, always make time to have play dates with friends and just be a kid.


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