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Create your own "Tree of Thanks"

A great way for your family to display the things you are thankful for.

Each Thanksgiving I like to create a “Tree of Thanks.” This tree makes it easy for the entire family to display what they are thankful for this particular Thanksgiving. If you want, you can save them each year and spend some time reviewing the previous year's Tree of Thanks. I haven't done this, but it would be an excellent family activity if you have the time.

You will need the following items to make your Tree of Thanks:

  • Poster board
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape

Follow these instructions to make your Tree of Thanks:

Step 1:
Color a sheet of poster board so that it looks like you have sky and land. You are going to use this as the background for your tree. I usually color about ¾ of the poster board sky blue and the other ¼ green.

Step 2:
Cut out a tree trunk from a sheet of brown construction paper and glue it on the green section of your poster board.

Step 3:
Cut out several branches growing up and out of the tree trunk. Glue them to the tree trunk, reaching up over the blue section of your poster board.

Step 4:
Cut leaves out of construction paper (use orange, yellow, red, and brown). If you have a large family, you may just want to use one leaf per person. Smaller families could be given two or three leaves each.

Step 5:
Place the leaves at each place setting on the table. Instruct each family member to write what they are thankful for on the leaves.

Step 6:
Tape the leaves to the branches on the tree after your meal is complete.