1 Thessalonians 5:18 Contemporary English Version

18 Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do

The Gratitude Tree

Purpose: Gratitude, Positivity, Connection

What you need:

Colored paper to cut out leaves (double sided is nice for colorful leaves)

String or ribbon to hang the leaves on the tree branches


Twigs or tree branches

Rocks to add stability to the tree


Grateful hearts


1. Make a leaf cutout (or a few for variety) to use as your template. Here’s a PDF template from Jennifer Cooper at Classic Play.  Trace the rest of the leaves on a bigger sheet and cut them out.

2. Punch a hole at the top of each leaf and loop a piece of string through each.

3. Put stones in a vase and stick the tree branch there.

4. Have your child draw or write about things he is grateful for on the leaves. If they are too young, you can write for them. You could also find some old photos and make a visual tree instead of writing things down.

5. You can make a few leaves of your own to model the concept for your child.

6. Hang the leaves from the branches.

Ideas of things to be grateful for



A quality about yourself

A talent

Something in nature

Something you love to do

Something you love to eat

Something you’ve learned this year

Gratitude can be about anything, really. The roof over your head, your child. Your senses. The beauty of an evening sky. The bird song you heard today. The scent of flowers. The warmth you feel inside your thick sweater, the sun on your face.

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