Every November I start a project to get my kids thinking about what they are thankful for. In the past we have always made paper chains, but I just love their little drawings so much that I have to keep them and frankly, I’m running out of room to store the things! So this year I decided to try something new. I have since seen this on Pinterest as well as in a magazine (Family Circle I think), which only validates the sheer genius of the activity.
Firstly I had the task of once again explaining what “thankful” means, that it is things we already have, and not necessarily just “stuff”. I am thrilled and tickled pink to say that tonight while doing our project and deciding what we would be thankful for today, Thing 1 triumphantly declared that he was thankful for me!! It does not get any better than that.
Here is the project in progress:
Things 1 &2 and I do one each every single day and will continue to do so until Thanksgiving. I will share what I’ve cooked up to keep them busy while I cook soon hopefully (I know I’ve been a dreadful blogger!).
I started off by doing a Google image search for leaf coloring pages for kids. I used this free coloring sheet as my template and just cut tons of them out of colored paper. I hole punched each one, threaded some yarn through tying it to the top of the leaf and pinned some larger strands of yarn to the wall to tie the leaves onto for our banner. Then we just color and tie them on staggering them by tying one tightly and the next loosely and so on. After they color I also like to write whose is whose and what the picture is on the back of their leaves so I can compare each year and see how they grow in thanks.
My kids are really learning what thankful means, and are truly starting to think about it every day before project time, and I am truly thankful that I get to sit down and color and chat with my two amazing little creatures who in their thanks never fail to awe and amaze me.