Like many families, we set up a gratitude tree at this time of year. It's a nice way to mark the days until Thanksgiving and spend some time remembering all we have to be thankful for these days - the big stuff and the little. :)
I was at Michaels last weekend, picking up a few art supplies for Crackerjack, when I saw this heart-shaped grapevine wreath. I thought it would look lovely in our learning room, and it just happened to be on sale. ;)
So this year it's all about keeping things simple. I first wrapped the wreath with some cotton yarn - between the yarn and the grapevine it's very easy to stick our "grateful" leaves into the wreath. (The leaves are just cardstock cut into freehand leaf shapes.)
Each day we write down something we're grateful for and tuck the leaf into the wreath.
By Thanksgiving this heart should be sprouting a whole lot of leaves! And you could easily use construction paper rather than cardstock, or ask the kids to paint plain paper and then use that for your leaf cutouts. Autumn-hued watercolors would be especially pretty!
For a finishing touch, I hung my little turkey bell in the middle of the wreath ...
... just for fun. :)
My friends, are you doing a gratitude project this month? How do you encourage your family to be thankful for their blessings? I'd love to hear about it, if you have time!
Have a great Tuesday, everyone ... see you here again very soon!