Gratitude Tree Pictures from All Over!

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The Gratitude Tree Story and Class Activity is a great lesson for teaching kids about gratitude around Thanksgiving or any time of the year.  The printable leaves make this a quick and easy craft that will give students a beautiful lasting reminder to be grateful.

 

Gratitude Tress by Mrs. Peters’ Students 

The gratitude tree I created (below) was made on a gloss painted cinderblock wall.  The tree is made from fabric, it actually has a small printed design. 
Here are the steps:
  • Draw the tree on fabric.
  • Next, cut out the tree.
  • Soak the tree in some diluted glue and applied it to the wall like wallpaper. 
  • Use a damp sponge to smooth it out and wipe off the extra glue. 
  • Finally, paint on extra glue with a brush as needed. 
 
The tree just peeled off the wall when I was finished.  Please test this out using a small piece of fabric first because every wall is a little different.  Liquid starch should work in lieu of diluted Elmer’s glue.
gratitude tree pictures from Mrs. Peters
 
 
 

Gratitude Tree by Catherine Hurd’s Students

 Catherine Hurd’s tree has a combination of leave styles!  I love how they made a leaf for each person that works at the school.  What a fantastic way to have students share the message about feeling gratitude!  
gratitude tree pictures from Catherine Hurd
 
 

 

Musical about the Gratitude Tree by Aileen Miracle

Aileen Miracle, created and performed a musical about the Gratitude Tree with her elementary students.  You can read more about it on her blog.  She leads you through the performance with enough detail to have your own performance.  I attended the show with honor, and her 3rd graders did a terrific job! 
pictures from a musical about the gratitude tree
 
 
 
 

Graditude Tree by Mrs. Hammersmith’s 1st Graders

First graders made this sweet tree.  
Notice how they included the little bird from the story in the branches!    
gratitude tree pictures from Mrs. Hammersmith
 
 
 
 
 

Gratitude Tree by Ms. Murdock’s Art Students

I just love that Rachel Murdock was able to accomplish this in one art lesson!  You can see from the images below that the small size makes a big impact! No need to be intimidated by the scale of some of the other trees – beautiful things can come in small packages! 
gratitude tree pictures from Ms. Murdock
 
 
The Gratitude Tree is available onmy website and Teachers Pay Teachers.
 
If you’ve made a gratitude tree and would like me to include you in this post, please email 2-3 pictures to me and tell me a little something about your experience. You can use the email icon, or email them to draw@expressivemonkey.com.  
 
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Remind yourself and others of the social and emotional benefits of art. This is a great graphic to include in parent newsletters or display in your room.

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A close-up of leaves from a gratitude tree. The leaves are colored brightly and have flaps that lift to expose writing by students. The text says, "Thanksgiving Gratitude Trees From All Over."
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Stacey Peters

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I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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