Monday, November 22, 2010

Very Simple Gratitude Activity

I recently posted a picture of our "Thankful Tree". It stands about 6-7 feet tall and it is taped to a wall in my house. We write things we are thankful for on fall color construction paper leaves and add them to the tree. All grands and their parents have been invited to add to the tree as well as any guests that drop by.

Yesterday, I thought of another idea for a gratitude activity. I tried it out with a group of ten year old girls and it was a hit! It would be a fun activity to do to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving day.

All you need is:

Colored chalk/ regular or sidewalk chalk
A chalkboard, sidewalk, driveway, or patio.

I drew the shape of the tree on a large chalkboard but if weather permits doing it outside and really big would be way fun too,

I gave the girls colored chalk to add leaves to the tree and within each leaf they wrote something that they were thankful for.

Within minutes the tree was plastered in colorful leaves of gratitude. They all stood back and looked at the finished tree.... not because they ran out of things that they were thankful for ..... but because our time was gone. They each wished they had a picture of the finished tree and so did I. I did get a picture of it on my cell phone but I have no idea how to get it from there to here to share it with you today. But, thankfully I have grown and very gadget savvy children who help me with such things.

I was happy to see that "Grandma" made it on the tree! And, one of my favorites that I read was  "smiles".

Seeing the gratitude and thankfulness pour out of the hearts and minds of these girls brought a smile to my face. And yes, I am very thankful for that too!


  1. I'm grateful to know such an endlessly creative and inspiring fellow grandma blogger! As always, a wonderful idea! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. I love this idea. I'm going to pack up some chalk and take it to our celebration. I appreciate you for sharing your creativity!

  3. What a great idea!!! (To get the picture off your phone, see if you can e-mail it. If you do, e-mail it to yourself and it will come as an attachment in the e-mail and you can download it.)