2010-11-22

Grateful Board





After seeing the gratitude project that Becky Higgins created  here, I knew I wanted to do this with my family this year.  She invited her family to write down everything they were grateful for using a large poster board.  Her family continued writing down things day after day.  I thought it was  a really neat idea because it kept her family focused on what they are grateful for during Thanksgiving.


To create my own version, I gathered a bunch of acorn tops and glued them onto several layers of card stock and left room for writing.  Then I attached an easel, a leaf label and displayed it in our home this month.  I loved the look so much that I created several more and attached some favorite photos to give as gifts to my family when I see them Thanksgiving day. 


Tomorrow I am going to make grateful boards with my son's third grade classroom. I am hoping the families enjoy this little project together. 

Update: November 23rd.  Several children were not in school to complete the project with us. For those students, I have put together a quick guide so that you can create this project at home.  There is a kit waiting for you at school with your name on it and all the supplies.  You will need to get some tacky glue as that is not in your bag.

1. Open your bag of acorns and glue two rows of them using tacky glue around the perimeter of your green   
    paper board. 
2. Using double sided tape or scrapbook adhesive, attach the "grateful" sheet of paper in the center of your   
     project. This is where you and your family can write notes about what you are thankful for this season.  
3. Attach the leaf with your family name on the frame with hot glue. Be sure to do this with an adult.

4. Last, assemble the husk colored stand and attach with a strong adhesive. In school we used scrapbook 
     glue.    

Enjoy!
Feel free to post questions or call if you need help. 


We made a few extras for the other teachers and the principal. A quote I recently read that stuck with me is , "being grateful and not sharing it, is like giving a present and not opening it".  So true!


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