Make a Gratitude Tree for Kids – Learning to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is one of the most significant celebrations as it doesn’t only involve a scrumptious meal, but is more about expressing your gratitude towards someone or some things you are really thankful to in your life. It teaches kids the small things in life and to be grateful for everything that we have.


A few years back we wrote about making a Family Thanksgiving Tree and this is a fun version of it!

Make a Gratitude Tree

Since Thanksgiving is almost around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time to write a post on making a gratitude tree and use it as a fun way to count our blessings.

Materials you need:

1. Craft Paper

It’s best to go with double shaded paper since it gives a more creative look. You can take paper of any color that you fancy, or if you want to go with the natural tones, just get brown and green papers.

2. Some string

Any shades of the string will do. You need to cut the string into small pieces so that you can hang the leaves on the branches. If you have any yarn or strings leftover from your monthly subscription craft boxes for kids, now would be a great time to use them up.

3. A few twigs or tree branches

You can assemble a few twigs to give them a tree look or a tree branch will also work.

4. A pen or marker

You can write the notes on leaves using a pen or a marker. Make sure the marker doesnt bleed through the paper if you’re using pretty paper.

5. Small rocks

Keeping small rocks at the base of the tree adds stability to the tree.


Steps to follow:

  1. Take a cut out of the craft paper in the leaf shape.
  2. Use the craft leaf as a template for tracing the rest of the leaves on a bigger sheet.
  3. Punch holes in the leaves tie a piece of string in the holes.
  4. Add rocks to the base of the vase and stick the tree branch there so that it stands erect.
  5. Ask your kids to draw or write about things that they are thankful for. If they are too young, you can write for them.
  6. Tie the leaves on the “tree branches”.


It’s a pretty straight forward project. My daughter mostly likes to scribble on the leaves. For the remaining leaves, I asked her what she’s thankful for and wrote it on the leaves for her to hang.

My daughter might be only 3, but she is getting used the idea of giving thanks every day since it is something we talk about as I tuck her into bed. I haven’t told her yet, but I actually write down the things she’s grateful for so I could use it to create a photo book of her 3rd year including cute things she’d said and her favourite things. I think it makes such a wonderful gift and I’m sure she’ll really treasure it when she’s older.

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About Amy Lee

Amy Lee is a Vancouver children photographer who is also a tea lover, chocolate eater, kale chip maker, and above all a mother. Her blog The Connection We Share has made her one of the top mommy bloggers in Vancouver. All her posts are aimed to inspire parents to bond with their children through fun activities such as baking, crafting, taking pictures, and creating photo books for printing. You can connect with Amy through her Facebook or Google+.