If you’re looking for ways to encourage your family to practice gratitude this Fall, you’re in the right place. I’m a big fan of practicing daily gratitude with fun thankful activities, gratitude journaling, and random acts of kindness. This November, I’ve put together a gratitude tree craft activity that’s super festive for Thanksgiving Day.
Practice Daily Gratitude With This Gratitude Tree Activity
This gratitude tree is easy to make and fun for the whole family. It’s the perfect Thanksgiving Day gratitude activity for the whole family to enjoy this Fall. Keep reading to get the instructions for your very own thankful tree this November. You’re going to love it!
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Ways to Encourage Daily Gratitude at Home
Practicing daily gratitude can actually make you happier. It’s a great way to relieve stress and encourage optimism. You can use this gratitude tree activity to help your whole family practice expressing gratitude this Fall.
There are so many benefits to encouraging daily gratitude in your home. Expressing our gratitude doesn’t just make others feel good, it makes us feel good too. Daily gratitude practices boost our self-esteem and help strengthen relationships too.
This Fall, encourage daily gratitude at home to help strengthen family relationships during the holiday stress. It’s a great way to keep the stress of the holidays from putting stress on your relationships.
You can encourage daily gratitude in your own life by taking time to think about the good things in your own life and list what you’re thankful for each day.
Help your kids learn to express gratitude in their own life by having them say “thank you,” learn to write notes of gratitude, and complete acts of kindness for others.
Gratitude Tree Leaves
Using a Thankful Tree to Practice Gratitude
You can encourage your whole family to practice gratitude this Fall with this adorable gratitude tree activity. Plus, it’s an interactive decoration all your Thanksgiving guests can enjoy too.
Charm grandparents with all the sweet expressions of gratitude your family has shared on this gratitude tree. Encourage friends and family to add their own expressions of daily gratitude to make precious Thanksgiving memories.
With this sweet thankful tree, you can encourage your whole family to practice daily gratitude by adding one thing they’re thankful for each day. Then, have fun reading all the gratitude leaves on the tree aloud together. It’s the perfect activity for Thanksgiving Day!
DIY Gratitude Tree
How Do You Make a Gratitude Tree?
So, how can you make a gratitude tree for your family this Fall? First, you’ll need some supplies.
Part of what I love about this gratitude tree activity is that you can use what you have on hand.
Here’s what we used to make a gratitude tree:
You can use paper leaves or real leaves found in nature too. Work with what you have and make adjustments to fit your own taste for a thankful tree that’s truly unique to your family.
Once you’ve gathered your materials, you’re ready to craft your own gratitude tree
Steps to Make a Gratitude Tree
I started with a long roll of white paper and sketched the outline of a tall birch tree. Your tree can be any style you like! I just happen to love the look of a birch tree.
Then I went back and traced over the pencil lines, making adjustments as I went along, with the different markers. You don’t need to buy special markers for this project. Raid your craft supplies and use what you have on hand.
In the end, I made a smaller tree too. I realized my younger child wouldn’t be able to reach the highest branches on the tall tree, so I followed the same process to craft a smaller birch tree. You could make a tree for each member of the family or just do one tree for everyone to use.
How to Make a Thankful Tree with Gratitude Leaves
Next, cut the paper off the roll. Fold the top and bottom over and use painter’s tape to attach the tree to the wall. Using painter’s tape will ensure your paint stays safe and the paper tree doesn’t budge.
We use painter’s tape to attach the leaves to our gratitude tree as well. That way, the kids can move their leaves around as often as they want without damaging the walls. Painter’s tape is my own secret holiday decorating hack.
Once your gratitude tree is complete, invite everyone in your family to write something they’re thankful for on a leaf. Each day, add something new to your thankful tree.
You can all sit down together to fill in your leaves each day or get sneaky about adding new leaves when no one is looking. It’s completely up to you!
Check out my natural gratitude tree created with real tree branches and found leaves. It’s another fun idea that’s perfect for decorating your family table this Thanksgiving. Plus, it’s just one more way to focus on expressing gratitude and counting your blessings this November.
More Fun Ways to Practice Gratitude This Year
There are so many fun ways to practice gratitude with your family this year! Would you like more examples of gratitude activities you can do together?
Check out some other fun daily gratitude activities:
- Daily Journal of Gratitude
- Gratitude Scavenger Hunt for Kids
- Alphabet Gratitude List
- Gratitude Challenge for Families
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
If you’re looking for more ways to have fun with your family this Thanksgiving while learning all about the holiday too, check out these printables and activity ideas you can do with kids of all ages this November:
- Homemade Puffy Paint Turkey
- Thanksgiving Turkey Salt Painting
- Corn on the Cob Craft Painting
- Thanksgiving Theme Lesson Plan
- Free Printable Thanksgiving Activities
I hope I’ve inspired you to create an environment filled with gratitude and good vibes this Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to hear about your family’s unique gratitude tree for Thanksgiving and all the sweet things your kids are thankful for this November.
Share your favorite notes of gratitude in the comments for everyone to see this Fall.
Gratitude Tree Craft for Kids and Adults
Gratitude Tree Craft for Kids, Adults, and even a classroom
- Paper or poster board
- Black markers in different sizes
- Painters tape
- Foam craft leaves
- These are the supplies we used. Adjust to what you have on hand and your preferences!
I started with a long roll of white paper and sketched the outline of the tall birch tree. Your tree can be any style you like! Then I went back and traced over the pencil lines, making adjustments as I went along, with the different markers.
The smaller tree followed as I realized my younger child would likely not be able to reach most of the branches on the tall tree. I followed the same process for a smaller birch.
Cut the paper off the roll, fold the top and bottom over and then use painters tape to attach the tree to the wall. Your paint should stay perfectly safe and the paper won’t budge, this is a favorite hack in our home! We attached the leaves with the painters’ tape as well. This allows kiddos to easily move the leaves around when they want to.
Invite everyone in your family to write something each day that they’re thankful for, or have one happy gathering when you all sit down together and fill out all the leaves at one time, completely up to you!