I decided to do this activity with my daycare kids because I wanted them to think past the food and excitement. With Christmas lists soon to come, I thought it would nice to reflect on all of the joy we already have in our lives.
Before starting, I cut some leaf shapes out of colored paper (school age kids could do this themselves). Then, I described the project, and asked the kids to think about what they are thankful for.
I got some blank looks, so I explained that being thankful means being very glad to have something or someone be a part of your life. I was careful not to give examples so they could come up with their own ideas.
Next we cut several strings and taped one to each leaf. Then, we hung them on a tree branch we’d found earlier in the day.
While we only came up with a few things to put on the tree during art time, there was an ongoing conversation throughout the day about thankfulness. As we chatted and played, the kids would occasionally point out things they are thankful for.
Not only was this a fun art activity, it really got the kids thinking.