After seeing my bloggy friend’s son’s gratitude wreath, I knew we were going to have to make our own. We’ve started a couple of interactive, literarily-focused traditions in our home and this fits perfectly.

We plan to pen poems to Dad on Father’s Day every year and to bind them one day to show the progression of vocabulary, skill and complexity of the poems. And, now, we’re making Gratitude Wreaths every year to celebrate Fall. I love the idea. And, this crazy simple craft was a lot of sweet fun to do together.

Our daughter is 4 and a half. She knew exactly what she was thankful for:

  • Art
  • Poems and Cards
  • Kisses and Hugs
  • Taking Pictures
  • Drinking Chocolate Milk
  • Dress-Up
  • Family
  • Seeing Friends
  • Eating Snacks Like Granola
  • Cutting Paper

And here is our hilarious 2 and a half year old son’s gratitude wreath:

These are his answers and I just love them.

  • Crackers
  • Drinking Chocolate Milk
  • Toys
  • Monster Trucks
  • Iron Man
  • Spider Man
  • Batman

Then, he got stumped.

“I don’t know, Momma?” His voice was high-pitched and upturned in question. He really was at a loss.

I was but the scribe, the objective, uncensoring and non-interfering fly on the wall. I asked him to “Think, Think, Think.”

He mustered, “Sandwiches!”

This was followed in Toddler Logic by the gastro-intestinally logical follow-on:

Pooping

But, really.

Are we not all truly thankful for that?

Let us ponder for a moment what life might be like without that little quality-of-life-maker-or-breaker.

And he finished up his list with the ever-logical: Broccoli.

It just goes to show us all, that even when you think there’s nothing to be thankful for, you need but to look at your toilet to remember that there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

You can thank my son for that little reminder.

He says “You Wekom”.