Thanksgiving is a great reminder to have intentional conversations about giving thanks. Brigitte shares her family's simple thankful wreath idea to get you started!
Over the years, my daughters and I have enjoyed creating Thanksgiving chains and thankful trees as we discuss all we are thankful for. This year, I thought it would be fun to show our thanks with a fall-inspired thankful wreath.
It’s nice to mix things up a little bit. I love that this is a simple activity we can all do together. Even three and four year olds can join in on the fun!
Kid-Made Thankful Wreath to Show Gratitude
For our thankful wreath, we used:
- construction paper (red, yellow, and orange like autumn leaves)
- leaf templates from First Palette
- writing utensils (my daughters chose gel pens)
- glue sticks
- thin cardboard (we used a pizza box)
- 2 different-sized circular items (to trace for the wreath shape)
- hole punch (optional)
- small piece of yarn (optional)
First, I traced two different sizes of circular lids onto the cardboard. Then, I cut the cardboard on those lines to make the wreath’s shape.
I printed the leaf templates directly on to the colored construction paper. No need to trace them at all!
Once that was done, it was time to cut leaves. We chose a couple of different styles of leaves.
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The more advanced leaf shapes are great for older kids. All those nooks and crannies really build fine motor cutting skills!
The simple leaf outlines are more appropriate for younger kids still learning how to cut.
Talking & Crafting Helps Kids Grow Gratitude
This can take a while. Discussing what we were thankful for while cutting the leaves made the task go quickly.
Once we had all of the leaves cut, it was time to write one thing we were thankful for on each leaf.
My kids are older, so they wrote their own thankful and grateful things on their leaves.
Younger kids could dictate their ideas or even draw pictures on each of the leaves if they would like.
We glued the leaves on to the cardboard one by one. Make sure to face the words up so that your thankful wreath showcases all your blessings!
It slowly started to look like a wreath. My daughters tried mixing the colors up a little as they glued them down so there was some variety.
They also tried to not cover the words, which proved to be a challenge since we had so many leaves.
Once all of the leaves were added, I punched a hole and tied some yarn to the wreath.
Now, it is displayed on our wall as a reminder of some of our blessings.