Counting your blessings is definitely something we should do every day; but around Thanksgiving it seems more meaningful. To inspire my children on this holiday, we make a Thanksgiving Tree. Their minds go wild trying to think of aaaallllll the things they can. I also draw swinging monkeys and let the kids color and cut them out. They love hanging them from the tree branches.

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

cardboard

green and orange or brown construction paper

double sided sticky tape

clear packaging tape

scissors

black Sharpie

First, affix the cardboard to a wall or mirror using packaging tape. Cut it to look like a tree trunk. Cut strips and tape branches. Draw lines in the cardboard to look like a tree trunk. 

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Next, cut out leaves and leaves and leaves. I cut the construction paper into strips first. This helped me be more thrifty with the paper. 

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 While you cut out the leaves; have your children color and cut out their monkeys.

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If your children are old enough, they can write their own blessings. Be sure that you write some too. Parent participation is important.

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Tape the leaves to the tree. Enjoy! Add more as you think of them.

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By Kasey

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