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Make a Thankful Tree

You can make a Thankful Tree to put on your wall this autumn. This is what you will need:

  • brown construction paper and tape
  • colorful fall leaves
  • paper, crayons, and scissors
  • a pen or pencil
  • a thankful heart

To begin, make a tree trunk and branches out of the brown paper and tape it to the wall. Write “Our Thankful Tree” on it.

Now gather lots of colorful fall leaves from outside. See how many different kinds you can find. Didn’t God make them beautiful?

Choose 3 or 4 leaves that have nice shapes. One at a time, put them under a piece of paper and carefully rub the side of a crayon over the paper. A leaf shape should show up on your paper just like the one you put underneath. Make many of them.

Cut out your leaf rubbings. Save them in a drawer or box to put up on your tree when you need them. Put all the other real leaves in a box, too.

Every day let everyone in your family choose a paper leaf. Each person should write something they want to thank God for on that leaf, and then tape it to your “Thankful Tree.” Each day put some real leaves on the tree, too.

By Thanksgiving Day your tree should be full of many beautiful thankful leaves!

They can learn to love the Savior,
Gentle answers learn to give,
Learn to crown with good behavior
Every single day they live.

They can learn to sing the praises
Of the God who made them all,
Who in loving-kindness raises
Even sparrows if they fall.

They can pray, and He will give them
Fresh supplies of daily grace;
And at last He will receive them
To His heavenly dwelling place.

—selected from Primary Songs

A verse to hide in your heart

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”* (Matthew 5:16)