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Thinking About Giving


Read to children The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Encourage children to think about giving. Then help children make their own "giving trees." Provide pre-printed templates of a tree trunk on brown paper and a tree crown on green paper for children to cut out. Next, invite children to write (or you can record their words) a few lines about something they will do for their families all year long, such as putting away toys or helping with a pet. Children can present their tree as a special gift to their family.


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