To create the Thanks Giving Tree, place cut outs of leaves in greens, browns oranges, reds and yellows on the dining table. Be sure to provide markers, crayons (for the kids) and pens for the adults. Each person writes down (or draws) something they are thankful for and their first name. You can fill out as many as you want, but make sure that everyone has the opportunity to do at least one. Patterns for leaves are available on Scholastic.
On the center of the table have a large flower pot, filled in with rocks and that contains branches (sticks for branches). Tie with pieces of yard the Thanksgiving leaves, and you now have not only your centerpiece but a Thanksgiving Tree you can enjoy for long after the day is gone.
Children can even be involved in this project, with their scribbles. It allows them to participate in the family fun, express their gratitude, learn valuable pre-writing skills and pretend to be a big kid for the day.
My family actually has done this for years, (my oldest is 20 now) and each year I looked forward to theThanksgiving that we all had to give.
Cost of project: Varies on the size of the planter and number of rocks used and $1.39 for construction paper.