We have done something similar in the past, we are collecting thankful thoughts to put on a tree made of branches from our yard. Ann Voskamp recently posted on A Holy Experience about her family doing this, except her’s is more involved. I think it is an easy way to get our minds geared more towards gratitude.
I simply drew out some leaves on construction paper. We cut them out, hole punched them and hung then on the tree with ribbon. Whenever someone feels inspired to write something they are thankful for, they can pick a blank leaf and jot their thought down.
Of course this activity is not a must. Our family could just as well sit at the supper table and share with each other what we are thankful for. It is the attitude of gratitude that is important.
When teaching our kids about thankfulness. I think it is important to encourage them to be as specific and authentic as possible. Being intentional about creating an atmosphere of thanks could become a routine fixture in our home!