Today I am here to introduce Elva Fisher from Pursuingdelights.com she is sharing a thanksgiving project with us.
To my wonderful American friends, I know that your Thanksgiving holiday is coming up soon. So I'm thankful that Marcie is giving me this opportunity to share with you the wonderful activity that I did with my family for our Canadian Thanksgiving. It was an activity that helped teach my children gratitude and to be thankful for all the wonderful things they have in life.
What I did is make a thankfulness tree! It was such a rewarding activity to do with my kids and husband. It was a wonderful way to hear from my girls and what made them happy that day. Now for the first few days, my girls did just copy whatever my husband or I said but they very quickly caught on and were able to express what they were thankful for or as I would sometimes ask them "What made you happy today?"
Sometimes their answers were silly (fish poop being the silliest) or they said whatever they saw first, but there were also many days when you could tell their answers came from deep in their hearts as with their little words expressed what meant the most to them that day.
Often it was their baby brother who they were so thankful to have in their lives. Or it was a sweet expression of love to an Uncle who gave them hours of attention, playing whatever games they wanted. Whatever they were grateful those days wither it was big or small, they truly meant it.
It was also a wonderful activity for me. It gave me the opportunity at the end of the day to stop and reflect on the things that mattered most.
I can recall one day that was particularly stressful and where I didn't get done half of the things I want to. One big thing (or so I thought at the time) is that I didn't get my kitchen cleaned. So as I got out the markers and things to share out thankfulness thoughts, I started to get upset and mad at myself for not cleaning up in the kitchen, then all of the sudden it hit me, at least I had a kitchen that could get messy. At least I had plates and utensils that could pile up. In that moment I had forgotten how truly blessed I was to have a wonderful home where my children and my husband and I can learn, laugh and grow together as a family. That day the thing I was most grateful for was a lovely messy kitchen.
So how did I make it!
Things you will need:
Lots of brown construction paper
Yellow, orange, red and pink construction paper (or really whatever color you want)
Regular Scotts Tape
Painter Tape (just to make sure you won’t damage the walls)
When making the tree, I first laid the brown construction paper on the floor and drew out the truck part of the tree.
Then I taped the paper together and cut the outline of the truck. Then using the painter's tape, taped it to the wall.
For all the branches, I just cut the brown paper into strips. And then again with the painter's tape, I attached them to the wall off of the truck.
Then to make it fun for the kids I did draw a few little extras, like a squirrel and the owl. But those were just for fun and you don't have to do that.
For the leaves, I did use my circuit machine to make this step go a little quicker but one could just as easily freehand it, no matter what your drawing level is at!
It did look a little funny, but the kids didn't care! They thought it was the best thing ever!
Then it is the best step, writing down what you are thankful for! We found doing this at dinner or right bedtime worked the best for us. But one could really do it anytime!
Now if making a tree isn’t really your thing, you could very easily use something else! You could have a thankfulness jar. And just write what you are thankful for down on a little piece of paper and just put it in the jar. Or my sister-in-law used some sticks that one of her children picked up and put them in a vase and hung little pieces of paper with what they were thankful for on the sticks.
There are many different things you could do!
Really the important thing is taking the time and reflecting on the day and expressing what and/or who you are grateful for! So I hope that you all would use this wonderful time of year to take a moment and remember all the wonderful things and people you have to be thankful for.
I would love to see you all again, so come and visit my blog at www.pursuingdelights.com
I am still looking for thanksgiving projects or stories to share stop by and let me know if you’re interested the more the merrier! If you liked the thanksgiving tree don’t forget to stop by and visit and see what Elva has been working on.