Thanksgiving Handprint Tree Craft

This is something that I originally made back in 2001 when my kids were much younger. I put the original version that I made back then up on and it’s been a very popular project every Thanksgiving. Since it was such a long time ago I decided to recreate the project in order to provide you all with a fresh tutorial that you can use to make this with your little ones!

A Child’s Thanksgiving Tree
printable version

Construction paper: red, orange, yellow, green, brown
Cork bulletin board or poster board
Tree template
Glue stick or thumbtacks
Paint for border of bulletin board (optional)
White paper to cover cork (optional)

This first step is optional. I painted the border of my bulletin board with brown paint and covered the cork with white paper because the cork was pretty well used. Again, completely optional.

Trace children’s hands on sheets of red, orange, green and yellow construction paper. Have kids right what they are thankful for on one side, and write their names and the year on the back side.

Cut the tree from brown paper using the template. If you covered your cork with paper or if you used poster board, use a glue stick to attach the tree. If you are using a plain cork board, use thumbtacks to attach the tree.

Use glue stick or thumbtacks to attach the hands to the tree.

Use a piece of yellow construction paper as a border and a smaller piece of white paper glued on top of it, then write your family surname and “Kid’s Thanksgiving Tree” (i.e. Formaro Kid’s Thanksgiving Tree) with a black marker (see picture). Attach to the top of the bulletin board with glue stick.

Display for everyone to see!


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  1. BodyLogique says

    I love this idea!I am a children's Yoga teacher and one of the practices we do is gratitude-this project is not only great at Thanksgiving, but as a daily activity for kids to focus on Gratitude of what we have rather than lamenting over what we "have-not"

    I'd like to re-post on my Facebook!(BodyLogique)

    Thanks so much for your awesome ideas!

    ~Barbara Gini


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