Featured in our #OutdoorsAll4 challenge, ‘Wish Tree’ offers kids the opportunity to make thoughtful wishes--for themselves, people they love, the world--and then hang those wishes on their own special trees. The Wish Tree, written by inspire this team! Reading or watching a reading of the book is a sweet way to start, but you can enjoy wish making with or without a story!
Gather all of the materials needed to write down your wishes. You can do this inside before you set out on a walk, or you can take the materials with you and write down wishes outside as you walk.
Talk with kids about wishes they have for the new year and help to write them down. Punch a hole through the top of each card, put a loop of twine through it, and tie a knot in the twine.
Invitation: Hang Your Wishes
Wishes are great tools for kids. They reinforce a growth mindset--that we are always changing and we can have hopes for the future. They also help kids learn about time--now vs. future is a big concept, and the idea of wishing and hoping supports that. As a family, wishes are a great way to sneak in what you value, too. You can model wishing for peace, a healthier planet or whatever you consider to be ‘true north’ for your family.