Found this adorable idea for a homemade Christmas ornament that I have been really wanting to try. You can check out the original idea from here.
I simplified the materials to things that I already had on hand and materials that I thought Sam would be able to help me with. Not so much.
We used strips of construction paper instead of ribbon, pipe cleaners for the stems and big plastic beads instead of the fancy glass beads. But she still couldn't poke the pipe cleaner through the paper, did not understand the folding it over process and putting the whole thing together was NOT a task for a three year old. Probably six or seven if you really want them to look like the original picture!
But with lots of help from me we made three little trees that don't look so bad.
The Nitty Gritty!
This craft did lead to a brief conversation between Sam and I about the shapes of trees. She told me they didn't look much like the trees outside. I asked her what trees are suppose to look like and she said she didn't know. So, we headed out to the deck and looked at all the trees in our backyard, comparing size and shape to the ones we had just made. She decided that the blue looking tree (blue spruce, which does have a distinct triangle shape) at the far back of our yard did look a bit like the ones we made but just the wrong color. Got me thinking I need to work more with her on shapes because she did not know those or how to describe what she was seeing at all.
Shapes in nature...hmmmmmm........