Cultural Crafts for Kids: American leaves of gratitude

November 20, 2013

To make this craft with your kids, download and print the leaves of gratitude template here from Cultural Care Au Pair.

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Thanksgiving is an American holiday, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month of November. On Thanksgiving, people give thanks for the blessings in their lives and celebrate with family and feast. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 after a particularly bountiful harvest.

This simple craft is a great visual and tangible way to see all the things your family is thankful for this year. Ask the family to gather and think about all the positive blessings you all have had this past year. They can be as small as a new friend to as big as a college scholarship. If your family wants to make this a yearly tradition, write the year on each leaf and save them in an envelope or plastic bag after the holiday season. After years pass, you can see how your family’s thankfulness grows and even how handwriting changes! When Thanksgiving guests come over, put extra leaves in a basket with a pen and ask family and friends to contribute their own leaves of gratitude.


  • Construction paper
  • Tape, glue, or hole punch
  • Markers or pens
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tree branch
  • Vase or large jar
  • Optional: watercolor paper, watercolors, paintbrush

Cut out the leaves from the downloadable template. Trace as many leaves as you need onto colored construction paper (in autumn colors) and cut them out. Pass them out to family members on Thanksgiving so they can write on them what they are thankful for. Punch holes in them and hang on a tree or scatter them on your Thanksgiving table.

If you want to use watercolors, paint over the watercolor paper first. Once dry, trace the template’s leaves on the painted paper and follow the rest of the directions.




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