Thanksgiving is a holiday that has nothing to do with us, Hungarian people. However, giving thanks to what we can cherish in our life does not depend on what nation you belong to.
Tree of Thanks – a great idea for Thanksgiving came from Jen, a blogger mum whose posts I’ve been reading on a daily basis nowadays.
The main idea is building an autumn tree with brown, yellow, and orange leaves on which we write (or draw) with the kids what we are grateful for.
We didn’t have much time to do this activity (I needed to prepare for Daddy’s birthday too), so it is not as elaborate as in the original idea.
What you need:
- colour paper (red, brown, orange, green – or you can paint as Jen suggests)
- a bigger sheet of sticky paper (contact paper or sticky book jacket)
I quickly cut red, brown, yellow and green leaves out of colour paper and drew a tree on the sticky paper (on the non-sticky side). The latter I sellotaped (sticky side out) on the balcony window. (Unfortunately you can’t see much on the photos as it got dark, but tomorrow I’ll add some more pictures taken in daylight)
|naming the different colours and counting how many leaves she has|
When we arrived home, E. sat down and I told her that we should collect people and things we love and we feel thankful for. (Much to my surprise she understood and immediately said : – Daddy!) I came next: – I love Mommy so much. 😀
First, we tried to write the words together, but when she added snowman and chicken thigh I wrote them on the leaves myself.
When we’d finish with our collection (cheese, Grandmas, Santa, doggy, antibody hat, i.e. her thermo-hat against ear problems) we moved to the balcony door and E. stuck up the leaves on the tree.
She was really proud of herself and also, gave a kiss to Santa 🙂 (then to me)
——– Update: 03/12/2014———
Here is a photo taken of our Tree of Thanks in daylight… well, you can see a little (!!!) more.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time for the Turkey of Thanks wreath. Well, we need something for next year, too.
If you want some cute and funny Thanksgiving songs, here is a small collection: