The festive season is approaching! So before we get caught up with all the planning and rushing around I wanted to take some time to remember to be thankful for all we have in our lives and to share fun times with our family.
And what better way to do that than with some kids art and craft activities!
It seemed appropriate to be inspired by nature this year and with that, I bring you the Thanksgiving Tree kids craft. You’ll probably have the paper and a few items at home, but if not they are easy to buy. You’ll also need a branch or two to make your own tree! Use this time to take a stroll around your neighbourhood or local park to collect small branches while brainstorming with your kiddo what you’re grateful for.
This is a fun way to give thanks for all that we have, you can also feel good knowing that doing art and craft activities with your kids is an important part of supporting your child’s early years development.
You can make this type of tree again for other occasions, for example, gold, silver, red and green shiny leaves for Christmas, Mandarin orange tree for Chinese New Year, heart-shaped leaves for Valentine’s Day and flower blossoms for Easter/Springtime.
I created this activity and shared it with our friends at Sassy mama earlier this week. Be sure to check out their other fab contributors for fun holiday ideas.
This activity is easy to set up and has a low “messiness” factor!
So let’s get started!
What you need:
- A small tree branch or two
- Paper in Autumn colours
- Pencil, scissors, hole punch
- string or thread) to hang leaves
- Tall vase or container for branches
- tall vase or container for branches
- Scrap cardboard for leaf stencil (optional)
Step 1: Make your “tree”
Step 2: Make your leaf stencils
Tip: Fold over the paper once or twice so you can cut out 2 or 3 leaves at the same time
Step 3: Cut out your leaves
Step 4: Punch a hole in your leaves
Step 5: Ask “What you are thankful for?”
Step 6: Attach your string
Step 7: Now make your Thanksgiving Tree!
Tip: If the tips of your branches are really thin, you can put a leaf on through the punched hole without using string.
If you enjoyed this activity you may be interested in trying out ActivityBox! You get 4 craft projects with step-by-step instructions and all the materials you need, delivered to your home every month. See what’s inside the Box.
~ Miss Julie