The kids and I have really enjoyed making this super simple gratitude tree this year using Sharpie pens and contact paper!
We started off drawing the tree with the contact paper on the floor, and adding our first few heart-shaped leaves with ideas of things we were grateful for inside. Some things (mostly people) got added to the tree trunk and branches. We wrote things we can do that make us happy at the top. We will keep adding new heart-shaped leaves with things we are grateful for throughout the month.
I was very excited to see that this activity was very easy for the kids this year! They remembered similar activities from previous years (in the past, we have made gratitude chains and thankful hands as well as the traditional gratitude tree), and they all had plenty of things they wanted to add to our tree – they are adding new leaves every day! I love that it is all flat against the wall, so no leaves falling off (or being pulled off by one-year-old Anna).
We used Sharpie paint pens, which are pretty (gold and silver – silver doesn’t show up so well in the photo), but a little hard to write with against a vertical surface. So we will probably do this again next year, but only use normal Sharpie pens (which was actually my original plan, but my colored Sharpies are MIA, so this was a fun substitute).
I thought it was very sweet that the kids wrote that they were grateful for “a house”. I was also thrilled to see that they were writing the names of neighbors and classmates on the tree – a sign that they are starting to feel settled here!
Their shared imaginary friends – Connie (now spelled phonetically, but still a boy) and Noone (Connie’s friend, who appeared a few months after Connie) also made the list!
Are you making a gratitude tree this year?