Materials are basic: colored construction paper, white paper, scissors (I found it helpful to have both a kid and adult pair), glue, and marker.
First we traced Big Brother's arm and hand onto the brown construction paper. I cut it out for him and he glued it onto the white paper.
Next we cut out leaves from the colored construction paper. I traced some for Big Brother and he cut those out. As he worked I also cut out some. (This was one of those moments where I notice how quickly my kiddos are growing. Only a few months ago scissors were still a little daunting to Big Brother.)
Finally, I asked him to tell me what the things were that he was grateful for this Thanksgiving. On a nightly basis we talk about the things we are grateful for, so this wasn't too far of a stretch for him. I would write it down on a leaf using black pen and he would glue it onto the tree.
Big Brother included many of the things we talk about nightly: Mommy, Daddy, Little Brother, our dog Lily, etc. as well as some relevant to the week including Thanksgiving Dinner and snowballs.
He wondered why I didn't make a tree, which was probably a good point. What would you include on your tree?