With Thanksgiving in just a few weeks, November seems like the perfect month for us focus on all the things we have to be thankful for. I know that it's often easier to dwell on the things we don't have and how our lives aren't perfect, but if you really stop and think, I'm sure we can all think of things that we should be extremely grateful for. Whenever I'm having a bad day, I try to pause and reflect on all the good I've been blessed with. "What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday". When you think of it that way, there are plenty of things in my life that I would hate to not have tomorrow, and it reminds me that I need to be more grateful. While I made sure to keep the concept simple for Noah, I thought it would be the perfect time to do a craft that focuses on being thankful for the things we have.
Card stock in fall colors
Leaf template (I used the one with 2 leaves to each page)
Crayon (or marker)
3M hooks or nails (to hang your garland)
Print the leaf template onto the colored card stock and cut them out. This is the most time consuming part of the project, but I did it while listening to this podcast and it went by quickly.
One each leaf, write something that you are thankful for. If your child is able to write on their own, let them do it. Otherwise, have them tell you what they are thankful for and you can do it for them.
You can do this in many different ways. We decided to write them all at one time, but you could also write one thing you are thankful for each day leading up to Thanksgiving.
Using nails or 3M hooks, hang your twine wherever you want your garland. Then using clothespins, simply attach your leafs to the twine!
Voila, you have a Thankful Garland!
I really enjoyed doing this activity with Noah. A day or two before we actually made the garland, I started talking to him about what "being thankful" means. One day while in the car, we started naming different things we are thankful for, or for Noah, things we are happy to have in our lives. It was a really great conversation and part of me can't believe I have a kid old enough to understand these things! When it was time to make the garland, I reminded him of our conversation and told him he could write anything he wanted. We made sure to save a few leaves so Chris and I could both add things we are thankful for too. I was very pleased that Noah was primarily thankful for the people in his life... I was half expecting Noah to list all of his toys. While he did specifically mention chocolate milk, since it was a long word for such a small leaf, he opted to write food instead. And if I'm being honest, I'm pretty thankful for chocolate milk too ;)
I love seeing the garland hanging in our living room reminding us how much we have to be thankful for.
What are some things you are thankful for?