Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Thankful Tree


 On the non-preschool mornings Caleb sits there looking at me with a bored expression on his face and says "What are we going to do today Mommy?"  The things I come up with usually don't compare to the excitement of preschool.  Well, yesterday morning the question came-- I quickly scrambled to come up with an activity-- and suddenly I thought... "Thankful Tree!!"  So Caleb and I made our way to the backyard-- clad in pajamas and rubber boots-- and found the perfect tree branch and a bunch of rocks.


We "planted" our tree in a pot and made some leaves!  We cut our leaves out of orange, yellow, red, and brown construction paper and then used a hole punch along with a few pieces of twine to turn them into hanging leaves.  Caleb was particularly thrilled with the hole punch.  He specifically asked to keep the hole punch in his craft drawer for a few days :)


Then we wrote the things we're thankful for on the leaves and hung them on the tree.  We made lots of extra leaves so that we can keep adding to the tree over the next few days.


Can you read what's on that red leaf?  Caleb's thankful for Emerson.  I decided that it was definitely picture worthy-- I need to remember this leaf during those moments when the kids can't seem to co-exist peacefully in the same room.  We are thankful for each other...

10 comments:

Dan and Lynn said...

What a great idea!! And that's too cute that Caleb wanted to write that he's thankful for Emerson:).

Gord and Andrea said...

oh elissa i LOVE this idea. i'm definitely going to do this. and the first picture looks straight out of a magazine :) i'm thinking pinterest it...

laura.h said...

Elissa, I am Jamie's sister-in-law Laura and I have to admit that I love looking at your blog. Your son Caleb was due the same time as mine, but of course you had him early. I love watching how your whole family does life. And I love your style!

Elissa said...

Thanks Laura!!

kelly ens said...

i love this too! i'm totally doing this (me, the NONcrafty one!)

Flowers2boys said...

this is a great idea... i may be "borrowing" the idea today infact... sometime when little poeple start getting older they find it harder to think about what they are thankful for, and my oldest has been in a mood lately and i think this will cure it! plus it looks super trendy and ultra fall cool!!

natalie said...

I'm going to make this with my kids too!!! Such a cute idea. PS. I'm friends with Andrea. :) Love reading your blog and seeing all of your projects!

Melissa said...

This idea is, of course, fantastic! I also agree that the first picture looks like it's from a magazine!

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful idea! It looks so cute on your kitchen desk. Nicely done! And what a great reminder of the season that is upon us :)

Kat said...

I love that first picture--so cheery! (just pinned it) Found your blog through Rambling Renovators...love it so far! Newest follower here!!