Twenty four 5 & 6 year olds! It turned out spectacular and was worth all the hard work. It will be a wonderful focal point for this Kindergarten class room for many years to come.
Oh a moment of pride! That is my lovely Soren up front with her finger very close to, if not inside, of her nose. I am hoping she was just scratching!
For the base of our tree we used a roll of chicken wire. The children then wove strips of fabric willy nilly in and out of the holes. I am still surprised at how long they stuck with this. I am also surprised by the number of children this was difficult for in the fine motor skills department. After the fabric weaving, the remaining holes were filled with crumpled brown kraft paper.
It took several more visits to her classroom to make all the brances for the tree.
I created branches out of the chicken wire wrapped into a cone shape. I crumpled the cones a bit for interest and added smaller branches to each limb. The children then wrapped the wire branches in kraft paper strips using watered down white glue. They loved this part as it was quite tactile and gooey!
To assemble the tree in the class room I wrapped the base of the tree around an exposed pipe in the corner. using zip cable ties. The branches were attached using zip cable ties as well, after removing the weaving from the areas where I wanted the branches to go. After they were attached I woven back in the fabric and paper to hide the ties.
With spring coming, the tree will soon be sporting leaves and wildlife created by the children. I can't wait to see all the ways Soren's Teacher comes up with to use the tree!