Thanksgiving is an American tradition. Thanksgiving offers us the reminder to pause and think about what we are thankful for. It is important in our family that our kids know that we are thankful for them. We are also trying to foster a thankful heart in them. Family or classroom Thankful Trees are so much fun, but we have a new idea. As an extension of our “Door Hearts” tradition, we have added “Thankful Doors” to our family traditions. Today we are sharing FREE Thanksgiving printables to make your own Individual Thankful Tree for your child to celebrate Thanksgiving. Below we have easy to cut printable leaves, a printable tree trunk, and a “I am thankful for you.” sign for you to use this Thanksgiving season. Scroll down to print from your home computer.
Life can get busy and holidays can come and go. We are determined to not go through the motions. Truth be told, the holidays can sometimes be a bit of a hassle, but we don’t want that to be our kid’s holiday memories. We love to look at the holidays as an organized reminder to slow down and relish in what life is really about. Thanksgiving is perfect for reminding kids that we are thankful for them and the time we have with them.
Quick commercial for an awesome book. I read the 5 Love Languages of Children several years ago. My husband and I believed we got some valuable insight into our kids and ourselves after reading this book. If you are familiar with the book, you will notice that “Thankful Doors” is an easy way to fill up the love tank of a child who appreciates words of encouragement and works of service. Every person needs these affirmations, but words of encouragement are especially high for my kids. If you haven’t read it, get it now. Related : audio books are amazing and I ‘read’ now more than ever.
OK, back to making our “Thankful Doors” project! This is just a mini Thankful Tree project with a more focused approach. With a Thanksgiving Printable Thankful Tree, families or classrooms make a collective project that shares all the things they are thankful for, which is fantastic. A Thankful Door focuses on what we are thankful for about an individual. In our family we all work on them. What started as a way for my husband and I to affirm our kids has become a way that they also affirm one another. It’s fantastic. We remind them that we are always thankful for them, it makes them feel good about themselves and ultimately they turn that feeling towards others. I should point out the kids still fight, we still lose our tempers, we are rushed, it isn’t perfect; but this project is an exercise in the right direction.
All you need is a little Fall colored construction paper and you are good to go! Don’t want to stop by the store? Here is a great option on Amazon that is Prime eligible.
While a quick Google or Pinterest search will give you dozens of printable leaf options, we found a way to make it easier and better! One thing we hate about cut out leaf printables is that each individual leaf needs to be cut out. We have made a printable with one type of leaf. After printing out the leaf on the beautiful Autumn color you choose, simply fold down the middle. Six leaves are on each page and you can fold to cut two at a time. Print out two pages and cut out four at a time! Parents are busy, we don’t have time to cut out 30 leaves individually! Time is precious and I would hate for anyone to miss out on a fun family memory because the prep work took too long. I hope this is helpful!
With thick cutting lines we hope that little ones can get in on the fun too. We love to make crafts that are easy for kids so they can enjoy every bit of the craft as well. Our kids regularly make hearts (and now leaves) for one another and for us. These leaves can be printed in a variety of Fall colors and can be used for all sorts of decor. Individual Thankful Door Leaves are their intention, but they can be printed for all kinds of different Fall themed decor!
Another fun idea that takes even less time is to use faux leaves. You can purchase these on Amazon and just write your message directly on them. We actually did a combination of both on our kid’s doors.
There is also a free Thanksgiving printables tree trunk. This uses standard size paper and leaves lots of room for your tree leaves to spread as the month goes on. In the past we simply cut out a tree trunk free style, but again we are all about making this fast and easy. We want to make Thankful Trees on your kid’s doors to be as easy as possible so you can start right now!
Lastly we’ve added a sweet prompt. We’ve put three on the same page to save paper if you have multiple family members. This can be used for multiple children, a partner, even the family pet.
Click on each of the printables below to print out as many Thanksgiving Printables as you need.
Viola! How sweet is this tree? If you are looking for a way to fill up your kid’s love tank, writing affirmative statements on their door is a great one! We have found that our kids hoard their hearts and leaves for years to come in their treasure boxes.
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