This week we started our “Christmas Curriculum“. I was very excited for the kids to make a Christmas wreath using whatever natural material they could find on their nature walks.
I had high hopes, but I am even more thrilled with the results than I expected!!
Frankly, the view out our windows is bleak. It’s winter after all, and we live in an area primarily covered with deciduous trees. The grass dies in the winter here, and everything generally goes dormant. That said, there are still beautiful things to behold this time of year.
For one, without all those leaves blocking our view, we can more easily see the birds that are flitting around. In the last few days, we have seen more varieties of birds than we do throughout the rest of the year.
Let me tell you how the kids made their wreath.
First, they went on a nature walk to gather material. They found four types of greenery, pine cones, and berries – all from our own yard, except the berries. To find the berries they had to wander further through our neighborhood.
Next, each of the kids made small bundles including a little bit of everything they had collected. These were secured with zip ties! Isn’t that the coolest idea? No wire to twist until tight, catching little fingers. The ends were snipped off with garden shears.
Then, they laid the bundles on a wire wreath frame to decide how they should go together.