A Virtue Tree is a visual aid for your child to see and feel proud about the virtues they are practicing. The idea is that at the end of each month that your family has studied a virtue, your children can add a leaf to the tree with the name of the virtue on it. At the end of the year, the tree will be in full bloom.
A tree can be made in many ways. Here are some ideas:
- Draw a tree and draw on a new leaf with each virtue your family studies. You can put your tree in a frame with the glass removed so you have easy access for adding leaves, use a stand if you’ve pasted your tree onto a harder surface (such as part of a cereal box), or simply hang it on the wall.
- Cut out a tree, paste onto a larger sheet, and add leaves cut out of construction paper. Display using the ideas above.
- Sew a tree onto a larger piece of material (or onto a quilt, if you want), make loops at the top so you can hang and display it on a rod, and sew on a new leaf each month.
- Cut your tree out of felt and use Puffy Paint to write the virtues on felt leaves.
- Gather some twigs and attach leaves with pipecleaners or twist ties (or tape/glue all of the materials to construction paper)
You can also add other things besides leaves, such as flowers, birds, birds nests, or butterflies.
This idea was inspired by Kami’s post over at Nurturing the Tender Years.
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