Teaching gratitude to our children can be quite a challenge. Even though we have the best intentions as parents, we also have an innate desire to give our children more than what we had. Striking that balance can be tricky – as a mom, I am constantly on the hunt for ways to teach my children gratitude in our everyday lives. Creating a gratitude tree at the beginning of November is one fun tradition we’ve started in order to remind ourselves that there is so much to be thankful for. If you’re looking to start a similar tradition with your family, here are three easy ideas:
Create a 3D tree. Run to Michael’s or another local craft store to get some fun faux branches, or just take a walk outside and collect some real ones of your own. Place the branches in a vase and using this fun printable, print leaves from home and have your children write something they’re thankful for on each leaf. Then hole punch the leaves and tie them to the branches with ribbon or yarn, and voila! We love this great example from Blissful Kids.
Make a Flat Tree. This is another great DIY. Instead of real branches, free draw or trace a trunk out of construction paper and glue it to a poster board. Feel free to make a large tree or a small tree – whichever you prefer! Then print or free draw leaves, making sure to write something you’re thankful for on each leaf. Glue them onto the tree branches for another great way to display your gratitude. We love this easy printable from Landeelu.
Purchase a Pre-Made Tree. Sometimes DIY just isn’t your jam, and that’s ok! Thankfully, there are gratitude tree kits that you can purchase and create with your kids without having to do much of the upfront work! We love this one from BabyWhatKnots on Etsy and this super simple one from Oriental Trading.
What do you think of this tradition, Austin parents?