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Thanksgiving Gratitude Tree for Early Readers (Made with #Alphabits)

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We’re not a big cereal household, but Alpha-Bits sure do bring back some great childhood memories for me. I was a big word nerd, so I remember spelling out words in my bowl (the longer and sillier, the better.)

Post has changed Alpha-Bits a lot since those days, making them a better-for-you option for a more health-savvy market.

Now, those letters in your bowl contain 20g of whole grains and 12 essential vitamins and nutrients per 30g serving.* They also contain nutrients to support healthy brain development, like zinc and iron.** Not to mention a learning moment or two in between spoonfuls!


Given my affection for all things literary (crunchy and otherwise), along with the coming Thanksgiving holiday, I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I was asked to create a seasonal craft using Alpha-Bits.

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I started out by painting a simple tree shape on a large piece of poster board.

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Of course, my little helper did a lot of helping himself…to some Alpha-Bits.

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I found a few packs of felt leaves on clearance at the craft store, and used them to cut some more leaf shapes out of patterned paper.

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We glued all of the leaves on the tree. Then, we sorted through our letters, trying to spell the things for which we are thankful and glueing a word on each leaf.

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This was a great opportunity for my son and I to have a good conversation about what “thankful” means, just in time for the holiday. I was very proud of him for (sort of) understanding and staying interested. It’s kind of hard to put the concept into words, but I think I did OK.

I went into this project planning on spelling out what we decide we’re thankful for, without realizing that the box of Alpha-Bits does not contain ALL letters of the alphabet. Oops.

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So we turned it around and looked for words we could make, then talked about how they fit on our tree.

Our lack of letters actually made our activity much more meaningful, because we were challenged to think beyond the usual things like health, family and a safe home.

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We found words like baby (“I’m thankful for my little sister!”) hood (“I’m thankful that I have a warm coat to wear!”) and pear (“I’m thankful for yummy pears from the orchard down the road!” Lots of “XOXO” for hugs and kisses, too! Totally thankful for those.

…and Pop Pop. Can’t forget how thankful we are for him!

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Even though I had to vacuum the carpet twice, our Alpha-Bits activity was a lot more fun than I had expected. Kids will do that to ya every time. :)

To learn more or find out where to buy your own box of yummy, crunchy letters, visit Alpha-Bits online.


*Nutritionists recommend eating 3 or more servings of whole grain foods per day (about 16g whole grains per serving or at least 48g per day).
 **Post® Alpha-Bits® cereal is fortified with nutrients that help support healthy brain development in children. Iron helps deliver oxygen to the brain & body. Zinc helps brain & body cells grow and develop. Vitamins B1, B2, B6 & B12 help support a healthy nervous system.


  1. What a great idea!! I think this would be perfect entertainment for Thanksgiving day when the guys are watching football, the dishes are done and the kids are starting to go stir crazy!
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    • Good idea! That is definitely a good time for an activity, because I bet the kids will be the only ones that don’t want a nap.

  2. That is such a great idea, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

  3. I love this idea.. its a great way to teach children appreciation for what they have.. we sit at the Thanksgiving dinner table and every member of the family has to say what they are Thankful I love this holiday its my favorite…
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  4. This is such a cute craft idea that is educational too! We will give this a try!
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  5. That is a great idea for the kids. My kids have always loved Alphabits to eat too!

  6. Oh my goodness, are you kidding me? That is completely adorable, loving it! This cereal is too cute!
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  7. This is such a sweet activity! Not only is it a fun craft, but it’s educational and it has a wonderful positive message of thankfulness. Love.
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  8. I have not seen Alpha Bits in such a long time! I love this craft and think that it is a great way to teach kids when they don’t even realize they are learning. Great idea to make a family tree.
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  9. OH I love this idea. We are big fans of Super Why so I know my kids would really get into this.
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    • Oh, yes! SuperWhy! This is the first box of AlphaBits my son has seen, and seeing SuperWhy totally hooked him! He could not stop talking about it for days until we made our project. :)

  10. What an awesome and creative idea!
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  11. such a creative use for the cereal, love it. pinned it too
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  12. What a cute idea. I think my boys would love it!
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  13. Alphabits are one of my favorites. When my kids were little we would spell out everything. And now my son is 16 and in college with an amazing vocabulary. Love the idea of a gratitude tree. Cute craft idea with a purpose.
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  14. I love this idea! So great for sensory!
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  15. I really like these craft ideas that make creative use of things we have around the house.
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  16. Such a cute project…pinned. I am positive Davey and Isa would love this project.

  17. what a cute idea! So simple and yet perfect for little ones.
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  18. Food art!!! I loved that growing up. We made a turkey with corn and cheerios when I was a kid.
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  19. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I remember doing this as a child in bowl. But this is a great idea.

  20. What a cute idea! Also a great way to teach your kids their letters and words.
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  21. This is such an adorable craft! Such a nice keepsake, too! My grandsons love eating Alphabits every morning!

  22. This is adorable! We just made a tree tracing mommy’s (my) hand as the trunk and my fingers as the branches. It was a fun project. But I love the thought of adding words on the leaves. Very cute!

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