Each year we have a tradition of making a gratitude tree. Sometimes I draw a big tree outline on butcher paper, and the kids write things they are grateful for on leaves and tape them on. Once we made a sculpture tree. We even used real leaves one year.
The main idea of the project is to reflect on all the things - big and small - that we are grateful for, and produce a piece of art that shows our gratitude.
This year we put a new twist on this family tradition. We combined learning about Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life painting with our annual gratitude art activity.
I have a printable in the Learning Library so you can make your own version at home!
Take a look at Gustav Klimt's painting, The Tree of Life. Ask your kids to describe what they see, what they think, how it makes them feel, and what it reminds them of.
Invite them to design their own tree, or use the template here. Once the background is done, they can fill in the swirls with all the different things they are grateful for. We did one as a family, but it would also be fun for each kid to make their own. This year my kids were grateful for things like friends, family, tea parties, balls, origami, cats, balls, and dancing!
I love doing a different version of this same activity each year, and looking back to see how the things they are grateful for are changing as they grow older.
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