Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Trees

Only two more NHCS StoryCrafters sessions until the holidays and vacation! Today we read Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry, a story of a Christmas tree that kept getting trimmed because it was a little too tall for the space it was in. It's fun to watch the way the little trimmed part gets smaller and smaller as it is passed to one family after another! This book is one of my holiday favorites!

Here's our craft - a Christmas tree, of course! Children traced and cut two congruent triangles, then cut slit in each - one from the top point to the middle of the triangle, the other from the center of the baseline to the middle of the triangle. Triangles were then slid together to form a three dimensional "tree", able to stand on its own. Next came the "trimmings" - sequins, buttons, and sparkly gems. No two trees were alike in size or shape - and all were beautiful!

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