Thanksgiving Tree Craft for Kids

My kids and I made this Thanksgiving Tree so many years ago that I can’t even remember when it was. I posted it on immediately afterward and it continues to be one of the most popular Thanksgiving crafts (especially for younger kids) on the site.

To make your own Thanksgiving Tree you will need the following:


sheet of white poster board
tempera paint, markers or crayons
construction paper in red, yellow, green and orange
glue or tape
glitter glue (optional)

Variation: This project can also be easily adapted to a cork board (see photo) by simply using colored push pins to match the leaves. Use brown construction paper to make the tree trunk.

You may draw the tree trunk freehand or print out our template

At the top of the posterboard, entitle your tree “Smith Kids Thanksgiving Tree”, inserting your family surname in the title.

With a pencil on poster board, draw a basic tree with a branch for each child in the family. If you only have 1-2 children, it might be fun to include two or three branches for each child.

Using tempera paint, markers, or crayons color the tree trunk brown. On red, orange, green and yellow construction paper, trace 10 copies of each child’s hand. Cut out and give each child their “leaves”.

Each child writes one thing that they are thankful for on each leaf (grown ups can help if needed!). You may decorate the leaves with glitter glue if you like. Next, tape or glue the leaves onto their designated branches.

This makes a great activity to keep kids happy during a large family gathering. Hint: Make the base ahead of time for quick start up.

Hang up the Thanksgiving Tree where the whole family can see it. Makes a great conversation piece! Later, after dinner, have the children present their tree to the family gathered around. Each child tells what they are thankful for and why.

For added fun, make additional posterboard bases up ahead of time so that the rest of the family can add their leaves as well. Have supplies at the ready!

Originally posted on
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  1. Leanne says

    This is a great idea for the whole family. I love when there's projects and activities we can do together. I want my kids to be aware of what they have and this is a great way to have them realize their blessings. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my site.

  2. Miller Moments says

    What an adorable idea. I made a wreath with hands, but it never occurred to me to do a tree. I'm putting this on my list!

  3. Katrina says

    Just thought I'd let you know we made the tree. It's on the front door. Fun! Thanks, Amanda.
    My kindergartener is home bugging me for something to do, so I was just browsing around. ;)

  4. Anonymous says

    I love that idea! I will be doing this with my babies this week! And awesome to teach kids what are they thankful for!

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