Thursday, December 17, 2009

We read several great Christmas Tree books this year – Anna didn’t like the first one below, but the other two are on our list of favorites. Anna refuses to return them to the library, and we keep reading them on and off.

Little Tree

 The Littlest Christmas Tree  The Little Fir Tree

Dec16_LittleTree_1_SM I had several Christmas tree projects on my December list of projects, but Anna was not really interested in any of them. As I was browsing in Dollar Tree yesterday morning I noticed a cone made out of shiny green wire mesh, and immediately thought that Anna will love decorating this “tree”. As I mentioned, she is a lot more interested in 3D projects lately. We started by wrapping some Christmasy pipecleaners around and then Anna made Dec16_LittleTree_2_SM some beaded ornaments for it. She was extremely engaged and proud of the results. When she was making beaded “garlands” she kept talking that she is stringing berries for birds to eat and was brainstorming on how she could make birds. Her idea was to make them out of paper, but she wasn’t really interested in actually executing on it. She couldn’t wait to put the tree in her room, and she is hinting that she also wants to wrap some presents for kitty and put them under the tree. She already lobbied unsuccessfully for kitty to have her own Advent Calendar with chocolate and lobbied successfully for kitty to have her own stocking :)

Here is a completed tree:

Dec16_LittleTree_4_SM

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14 comments:

MaryAnne said...

Your Anna is a very smart little girl, I really enjoyed reading about her lobbying efforts =)

Very fun project, too!

Kim said...

Great Christmas tree. She is going to be such a scientist - she's already more interested in actually models of things. Just wait til chemistry!

Ticia said...

I love her little tree, it looks wonderful.

Debbie said...

Anna's tree turned out so cute! I love the idea that she wants to put presents under it for kitty.

The Harris Family said...

Oh very cute! Gread idea.

Brimful Curiosities said...

The beaded garland is a nice touch! One of these years, when the kids get a little older, I hope to string popcorn garland for our tree.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

How nice for her to have her own tree, that she decorated herself. No wonder she's smiling.

Rebecca said...

Aww, what a neat idea! It came out very pretty!

vanessa said...

I love this idea--it looks really fun. I'll have to remember it for next year!

Susana said...

This is a cool project! I saw those too.

I am going to go look in our library online catalog for some of the books you guys have been reading.

Elise said...

The books you mentioned sound perfect. I have written the titles down and am really hoping that I can find them tomorrow when we go to the shops.

I love when I see an idea while shopping(like your cone made out of mesh) that we can use as a craft project. I think it is so sweet that Anna was making "garlands" for the birds.

We have not really ventured into the world of Christmas movies for Savvy yet, but I have certainly taken on board your comments about Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.

Kim said...

Thanks for the great book ideas. The tree turned out adorable. :) Happy Holidays!

The girl who painted trees said...

That's a very nice tree. What a great idea:)

sbswtp said...

The tree came out great!!! What a neat idea :)