Thankful trees are one of our favorite traditions. How it works is you and your family write what you are thankful for on leaves in order to fill a tree with what you are thankful for. Through the years I have got pretty creative with this concept so I wanted to share five different ways we’ve done a Thankful tree.
Does anyone do a thankful tree? If you haven’t or are looking for some new ideas, I gotchu! This is one of our favorite family traditions and Thanksgiving activities.
We have made the tradition every year to make a thankful tree the month of November. This year I kept it easy and cheap but past years I’ve done printed posters and even a Thankful Forest.
5 Ways To Do a Thankful Tree
Free Printable Tree with Leaves
How we did it this year is by writing things we are thankful for on fabric leaves from the dollar store. We used ornament hooks (also from the dollar store) to hang the leaves on some fallen branches. That’s it!
One year, we decided we would make paper trees from toilet paper rolls. It became our thankful forest and was a fun display in our home. I painted the rolls brown. Then the kids wrote what they were thankful for on circles with a slit cut down to the middle. I then curved the circles into spheres for the tops of the trees. You can see the full tutorial here.
Tree with Hand prints
This one is fun! You buy butcher paper from a party store. The party store near me sells it for $1 a foot! Then you use colored construction paper and trace hands. On the hands you write what you are thankful for and then use painters tape to tape it to the wall.
Free Printable Stump Print
These last two options are really fun! You print the files at your local staples as engineer prints or if you would like kids to individually print theirs you can have them print them as regular pieces of paper. For the stump, you write what you’re thankful for between the rings. It is a little more unconventional but makes for a great wall hanging afterward.
This one is using the idea of the traditional tree. But you can print it and color it. You print the files at your local staples as engineer prints or if you would like kids to individually print theirs you can have them print them as regular pieces of paper. For the stump, you write what you’re thankful for between the rings. It is a little more unconventional but makes for a great wall hanging afterward.
Well, there are five ways to do a thankful tree craft. Use these ideas in your home and classroom. You can try each way out and have fun using the printables for individuals in a classroom or family home evening. Happy Thanksgiving.