Teach Kids Gratitude: Make a Family Thanksgiving Tree!

Here’s a great way to Teach Kids Gratitude: Make a Family Thanksgiving Tree! My kids loved helping me create a Thanksgiving tree.

It’s such a great tool to use to help my kids recognize our blessings and to show gratitude. Kids will love writing down things they are thankful for and hanging them in this gratitude tree.

family thanksgiving tree

Thanksgiving Tree Craft

A Family Thanksgiving Tree makes a great family tradition for kids of all ages. It makes a great fall family activity and reinforces gratitude.

family thanksgiving tree sitting on an end table with a wooden bird house, a ceramic container with pears, and a gourd.
It makes lovely fall decorations.

Plus, it makes for a super cute fall decoration as well. It looks great with other fall decorations or Thanksgiving decorations or it looks good by itself on an end table or bureau.

family thanksgiving tree materials that include: rocks, a glue gun, little clothes pins, paper, twigs, and foam.
A simple craft that makes you stop and think.

This very simple and basic Thanksgiving craft is not only fun to put together, but really makes you stop and think about the wonderful things you have in your life.

family thanksgiving tree where little hands are putting family on a leaf and sticking it on the tree.
We are all thankful for the loved ones in our lives.

It’s also so pretty to display in your home. Here’s what you will need to make a Family Thanksgiving Tree:

Supplies Needed To Make a Family Thanksgiving Tree

This craft is fairly easy to make and not overly expensive. You may already have some of these supplies at home.

Materials:

  • a floral block of foam
  • spray paint
  • rocks (you can either buy these in the craft section or at a home improvement store)
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • a small dead branch from a bush or tree
  • paper leaves (you can make these yourself)
  • mini clothespins

How To Make A Thankful Tree:

  1. The first thing you want to do to create your thankful tree is spray paint your floral block of foam and allow to dry.
  2. I rounded out my foam with a serrated knife so it wasn’t so square.
  3. Once the spray paint is dry, then you can start adhering rocks (I found mine on my property) to the painted foam with hot glue.
  4. Just make sure if you are collecting rocks off the ground that they are clean.
  5. Then continue adding rocks with hot glue just until you get to the top of the foam.
  6. Next, insert the branch into the top of the foam deep enough so it stays firmly upright.
  7. Now you can finish hot gluing rocks to the foam all the way to the branch.
  8. Now take paper leaves that you either bought or made yourself (cardstock works best) and pin them to the branches of the “tree” you just made.
  9. Finally, display on a small table or in an entryway with pencils or markers nearby so family members can write down things they are thankful for on the leaves of your Family Thanksgiving Tree.
Creating the Thankful tree base by painting the foam black and gluing rocks to it.
It’s time to shape the base and glue the rocks on!

Other Thanksgiving Tree Ideas

Make sure if you’re child is helping you that they are supervised hot gluing the rocks on. This would be a great time to go outside and pick out your most favorite rocks.

What is better than a walk in Autumn?

family thanksgiving tree

The rustic and simple look is very farmhouse chic and goes with really anything, especially if you already have fall decor.

Plaid and farm trucks are in right now and this would look great among them.

family thanksgiving tree

Thanksgiving Family Traditions

This has quickly become one of my favorite family traditions. I think it is so important for us to stop and to be thankful and to remember for everything we are thankful for.

family thanksgiving tree

The world is so fast paced and the holidays have become about gifts and food and while that is exciting, we tend to forget the most important things to us like our faith, family, love, our pets, friends, etc.

family thanksgiving tree

Yield: 1 Thanksgiving Tree

Teach Kids Gratitude: Make a Family Thanksgiving Tree!

Thanksgiving tree and thankful tree

This Thanksgiving tree is the perfect Thanksgiving craft. Not only does it look great, but it is a great way to help your family be thankful.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $15-$20

Materials

  • a floral block of foam
  • spray paint
  • rocks (you can either buy these in the craft section or at a home improvement store)
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • a small dead branch from a bush or tree
  • paper leaves (you can make these yourself)
  • mini clothespins

Tools

  • Crafting Knife

Instructions

  1. The first thing you want to do to create your thankful tree is spray paint your floral block of foam and allow to dry.
  2. I rounded out my foam with a serrated knife so it wasn't so square.
  3. Once the spray paint is dry, then you can start adhering rocks (I found mine on my property) to the painted foam with hot glue.
  4. Just make sure if you are collecting rocks off the ground that they are clean.
  5. Then continue adding rocks with hot glue just until you get to the top of the foam.
  6. Next, insert the branch into the top of the foam deep enough so it stays firmly upright.
  7. Now you can finish hot gluing rocks to the foam all the way to the branch.
  8. Now take paper leaves that you either bought or made yourself (cardstock works best) and pin them to the branches of the "tree" you just made.
  9. Finally, display on a small table or in an entryway with pencils or markers nearby so family members can write down things they are thankful for on the leaves of your Family Thanksgiving Tree.

family thanksgiving tree

What are your kids thankful for? Do you have any “Thankful” traditions in your family?

family thanksgiving tree

More Ways To Be Thankful

Crafts are a great way to connect with your kids, as well as Helping Kids Express Gratitude.

We have other great ways to teach your children to be thankful like this Gratitude Pumpkin.

Looking for more? Check out the rest of our Thanksgiving games and activities for the family.

11 Comments

  1. Thanks for the GREAT idea today! I’ve posted in our my blog latterdaylearning.org which is also co-sponsored by a school! Thanks for an inspiring and meaningful activity!
    Heidi G.

  2. Super cute and simple tutorial! I already knew I wanted to do a Thankful Tree centerpiece this year, just wasn’t sure how to go about making it happen. Now I know! Hooray!

  3. I love that they were thankful for dirt. Sounds like somithing my daughter would say! Great idea.

  4. I’ll have to think about how to do this. We don’t have any bushes to spare, but have been seeing this idea and like it a lot!

  5. I love that your kids are thankful for dirt. I think you can take that as a sign that you are raising your kids right!

  6. I absolutely love this! You’ve inspired me to make a wreath in a similar fashion. Simplicity says it best. 🙂

  7. What a great idea! I need to do this with my kiddos! I would love for you to come link up at our link party…junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-3.html

  8. This is such a great idea! And, it goes with our homes decor! Sometimes those cute decorations for Thanksgiving and Christmas that are meant for kids are super cute, but look out of place and cluttery, but this actually looks more “adult”. I have twin 9 year olds and I think this would be fantastic for them! Thanks for the idea!

  9. Such a sweet idea! Thanks for sharing with us on the Monday Funday Party!

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