Thankful for a Change–Teaching Thankfulness to our Tiny Tots

clip art leaves


Facebook explodes in November with daily postings of thankfulness, and I, for one, love it! I love reading the things my friends are thankful for in their lives, and I really appreciate taking time to stop and think about all I am truly thankful for. So why keep the fun all to ourselves?? Why not share it with our children? After all, like the changing of the colors of the leaves, a thankful heart is a beautiful and welcome change from everyday life.

Here’s something really, really simple you can do with your kids this month to help them focus on all they have, more than all they may want. (Christmas lists are out already, yikes!)

SImply trace your child’s hand and forearm to make the  trunk and branches of a tree. Doesn’t matter if you use brown paper or white and let your kids color it brown. Then trace out some leaves like those above. Again, you can use colored paper or just use the white stuff you have in the printer and color and cut away.

Or if you are one of the Cricut people (and I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that–I love my Cricut friends, they make me look good, I just don’t have one myself) go to town cricutting some leaves.

Find a place to stick your tree up–I’m thinking the fridge, but it may be a door or a bedroom wall. . . .

Then everyday have your children write something they are thankful for, or they can tell you something and you can write it, and place your leaves either on the tree or at the base of the tree or cascading gently down from the tree.

If your kids are like mine were, there will be days when they will want to share more than one thankful thought–Awesome!!! Let ’em go for it! Because a thankful heart changes us, it makes us beautiful and a joy to be around. It helps us to remember what we have and how blessed we are.

So have some fun with your tiny tots this fall and be thankful for a change in them, in you and in those around you.

Afterall, ’tis the season!



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