The Thanksgiving Tree Art Lesson

Thanksgiving Tree
Thanksgiving Tree

We are all thankful for what we have. 

Psalm 100:4 commands us, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” In gratitude, we thank God not just for the stuff that fills our storage spaces, but for Him.

When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of the Pilgrims who settled on a 20-acre piece of land in Massachusetts. We all know the story of hardship and loss of life that first year. These Pilgrims gave thanks for their religious freedom. They were so very thankful for the Indians in Squanto who brought wild turkeys and venison to the feast that first Thanksgiving.

It was President Abraham Lincoln who officially set aside the last Thursday of November, in 1863, “as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” In 1941 Congress made it official and declare the fourth Thursday of November be a legal holiday.

This project is to create a tree similar to Gustav Klimt’s The Tree of Life.

Grades 3rd-8th

2 to 3-day project (45 minutes a day)

Tips- Grades 3rd-4th may have difficulty drawing hollow or bubble letters. This age group can simply write letters in the branches.


• 9” x 12” or 11” x 18”

• Construction paper

• Pencils

• Erasers

• Black fine-point permanent markers

• Colorful permanent markers

• Watercolor paint

Thanksgiving tree
Thanksgiving tree

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