This is the third year now that we have decided to grow a Thankfulness Tree during the month of November, and this year I decided to tweak it a bit. In the past, we’ve had a tree with blank leaves that we could write whatever we wanted on — but after the first few days, Lila started just looking around the room and naming the first thing that caught her eye. While I am also thankful for “forks” and “tape,” I decided that this year we’ll try some prompts along with our daily “what are you thankful for” question as we grow our tree.
I typed up 30 prompts (one for each day in November) on the top of leaf shapes, then printed them on fall-colored card stock. The leaves say things like “Someone who is a good friend,” “Something I can do with my body,” “Someone who made you smile today,” “Favorite place to play outside,” “Favorite food to eat,” etc.
Each night at dinner, we will pull out one leaf, read it together, and then each write down our answer. I will make a simple tree shape from paper and tape it to our wall, then we will add each leaf as we complete it.
If you want to make this part of your family’s [or classroom’s!] Thanksgiving Tradition, I’m sharing our Thankfulness Leaf Prompts as a free printable HERE.
Send me a photo of your family using them on Instagram — I’d love to see what your children are thankful for!