In our time-crunched world, I’m drawn to activities that are festive, educational, and character-building. So as we continue our focus this month on gratitude, I came up with a craft that combines:
- character development
- snack time
- letter recognition
- sorting/ matching/word formation
- and a great gift for grandma
The Tree of Gratitude can easily be adapted to kids of varying ages. My 11 year old had just as much fun as my 6 year old. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Alpha-Bits cereal
- paint (brown, green, yellow) & brush
- a happy heart
My kids immediately started sorting the Alpha Bits cereal into rows of letters. With every ‘A’ that was lined up, an ‘A’ went into their tummy. The possible craft projects with these little letters were buzzing through my head…if we could just stop eating them. This whole grain cereal is delish! The shaped pieces can also help little ones become familiar with letters of the alphabet while challenging older kids to form words and expressions of gratitude. Begin by making the trunk of the tree with your forearm. We used brown paint on the outer side of your arm and then pressed onto paper.
Character Lesson – Our bodies are like a trunk of a tree. The bark protects the good things the roots absorb while also keeping harmful things away. How can we use our bodies to nourish and also protect our hearts?
Make the leaves of the tree with green hand prints. We filled in a few gaps with a paintbrush.
Character Lesson – Our fingerprints are unlike anybody else in the world. We are each made special and with purpose.After the paint dries, spell out words of things that you are thankful for with the Alpha Bits cereal. You may help younger children with this step by writing out their words on a separate paper for them to duplicate. Glue their words of thanksgiving onto the branches of the tree.
Character Lesson – Our words are a reflection of our hearts. Let’s use words of thanksgiving and of encouragement for one another.