I’d like to welcome Steph Seibert from A Time For Seasons and thank her for writing this post! Make sure you go show her some love after reading this post!
One Thanksgiving season I wanted an activity for our family that helped remind us what we were thankful for, looked good around the house, and was fun. This is what my DD and I came up with: A “Thankful Board”. Using paper leaves we can leave each other notes and encouragements or just say what we’re thankful for.
1. Gather Supplies:
- Cork board
- Paper leaves (Or you can cut out your own with colored paper)
- Fall trim
- Pushpins (I found pumpkin ones)
- Fall stickers
- Sharpies (I used fine point, fall colored pens)
- Stand (Or hang it on the wall)
2. Decorate the board. I used some of the fall stickers to cover plain push pins and pinned this leaf garland to the board, that way I can reuse the board latter.
3. Title it. I just used one of the leaves and all of the sharpies to make a “We Are Thankful For…” header. Get creative here and make it your own: Use scrapbook paper or foam cutouts.
4. Display the board somewhere central along with blank leaves, sharpies, stickers, and push pins. Encourage the family to write and decorate a post. So much better than a post on Facebook.
We put our board out all of November. As the board gets full I will sometimes rotate leaves. The kids will post things like “Family and Friends” and sometimes even the more specific things: “Going to church and hanging out with friends this week” or “Sister sharing her toy with me today”. My DH and I like to leave each other family friendly notes: “Daddy picking up the kids” or “Mommy cleaning the house” or every once in a while we will just leave one that says “Last night” 😉
At the end of the season I keep all the leaves in a scrap book or fall box. It’s always a blessing and fun to look back on the years past. And watching my children’s handwriting change reminds me of how much they are growing.
If you’re a couple without kids you can even leave love notes of any rating. If you’re single have guests post a leaf when they visit. No matter who posts, this ever changing decoration will warm your home so much.
What are you Thankful for? What would your leaf post say?
Steph Seibert is the WAH, homeschooling, mother of 3. After several years of missing seasonal activities her family started making seasonal ‘bucket lists’. She posts about these adventures at A Time for Seasons in hopes of helping other families get the most out of each season.
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I am a loving wife, mother, photographer, personal trainer, and blogger! I love animals, sewing/crafts, dancing, and watching movies. I blog about DIY crafts, fitness, recipes, and more! If I'm not writing a post or taking/editing photos I am probably playing with my dog, Nala, or having fun with family!