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I have been itching to begin setting up our Christmas decorations this week. We still have a week to go before Thanksgiving, but I am just feeling so impatient! We always wait until the day after Thanksgiving, and being the tradition keeper that I am, I decided to distract myself with a rather late in the season fall craft. If stockings can't hang from my mantle yet, these pretty leaves will do instead!

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!

Yesterday, we went for a walk through the village, it was the first nice day we had had in awhile (and then it snowed today...). Aurora brought along her purse and collected treasures along the way, primarily pretty leaves and a few odd rocks. Her burgeoning collection made it all the way home and to the toy room before I realized that we probably didn't want dirty leaf bits scattered throughout the house, so I put them up with the hope that things would be calm enough for a craft this morning.

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!

Ask and you shall receive right! I gathered a few supplies, crayons, scissors, construction paper, wax paper, mini clothespins, string and leaves and we set about creating our little decor project.

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!

We've made crayon rubbings a few times before, so Aurora knew just what to do and set about revealing a beautiful red leaf. I did help her get the perimeter of the leaf nice and solid, but this is a great craft for toddlers and preschoolers to do on their own!

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!

Grayson wasn't so much in to the rubbing technique and just wanted to color his leaf, so I rubbed, he colored it in further it's a cute little leaf.

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!I then asked the kids what they were grateful for, to which they gave a blank stare in return. So I simplified it to what makes you happy and what should we say thank you for? These are some of their responses, I will treasure these leaves and this time in their life forever... my favorite answer is cheese. Yes dear, I'm thankful for cheese too.

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!

I then ironed the remaining leaves between two sheets of wax paper to preserve them, and then we strung it all together above the fireplace!

A simple gratitude garland you can make with kids! Leaf rubbings and preserved leaves are the perfect fall craft!

Only one week until Thanksgiving, then I can go wild with the Christmas cheer! Until then, I will enjoy our lovely leaves and be grateful for the sweet morning I had with the kids and all of the adorableness I get to soak up every day. Life is so good! What are you thankful for?

For more fall ideas, be sure to follow my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest: Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Holiday: Thanksgiving on Pinterest.

Brigette

from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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