Last Monday we built a traditional Christmas tree using cedar leaves and loose parts ( see post entitled Christmas Tree Building Play Invitation Using Nature and Loose Parts). The kids loved the activity and since the cedar leaves we used still look fresh and are holding up so we thought of extending the activity to two more days by building non traditional Christmas trees– Grinch Tree and Dress Me Up.
For Grinch Tree, we first tried using a candy cane decor as a frame but didn’t work well so we just ditch the idea and just arranged the leaves in an inverted “J” and it worked well. Then for that big ball hanging on the tip of the tree, we used a huge sparkly gold Christmas ball which our elf arrived with two years ago ( he came in like a wrecking ball ) and a wreath of fuzzy Christmas balls.
While for the Dress Me Up which is a Pinterest inspired where a mannequin is used and since we don’t have one we thought of using a Christmas sweater ( one kid asked if it was a real sweater ), a Santa hat, a wreath for the head, wood blocks for skirt frame and legs, red party shoes, and Christmas balls , garland beads, and pinecones.
It was a cooperative, sensorial, creative play experience for us!