This year, since the boys have a better grasp of what thankful means, I decided it was time to start a thankful tree. Our tree is pretty simple. I have a 4 year old, 3 year old and 15 month old. I needed a tree that would last until Thanksgiving. So, instead of creating a beautiful tree out of butcher paper or construction paper, I made a tree outline out of electrical tape.
Yes, I said electrical tape. The back of our front door has an outline of a tree make out of electrical tape, and I am happy to say it has lasted 6 days. Pretty impressive with Thing 3 walking around.
Each evening at dinner I ask the kids what they are thankful for that day. I then write them down on the leaf and we go and hang the leaf on the tree. Thing 1, Thing 2, and I each have a specific color leaf.
I know what you are thinking, leaves are falling off of trees right now, not going on them. However, in this house they have to go on the tree because if they fell down, Thing 3 would play them and we would have no leaves for our tree at all. In the future, I will probably put all the blank leaves on the tree and each day we will take one off, write what we are thankful for and tape it back on near the ground.
Do you have any fun ways to remind your kids what the holidays are really about?