It’s nice to be back from my blogging break. A little earlier than expected. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay away for a whole month.
I had forgotten about an ongoing project the children worked on periodically at the playgroup; a beaded branch, until I came across this post and was reminded of the beautiful beaded branch that hung from the playgroup room ceiling.
We also yarn bombed a few branches. Jack got the hang of the yarn bombing, choosing some beautiful colours to wrap the branches. Sarah didn’t quite understand how to wind the thread around and so moved onto the beading…and pretending she had colourful rainbow hair.
Jack and Sarah were both so engaged in this project, over the course of the afternoon they threaded all the wire I had prepared for them and twisted the decorations onto the branch. We added a few crystal balls to catch the light and spread rainbows.
I was thinking about what to do with our beaded branch, do I make it into a hanging mobile like the one at playgroup? When I posted a photo on Facebook, Suzanne from Interaction Imagination reminded me of a very important step in the creative process:
“maybe working out how the “tree” should stand could be something the children could work out – clay? salt dough? Vase?… maybe the little tree would like a real life mother – and the decorations could make it onto a big real tree outside…”
A lovely reminder to collaborate with Jack and Sarah; for them to plan and experiment and design how and where our beaded branch is going to go.
When they feel our branch is complete, that is what we shall do….I’m looking forward to that next stage, seeing their designs and hearing their ideas.
Now check out this tree.
It’s covered in mirrors, beads and other beautiful bibs and bobs. It stood outside the American Visionary Art Museum. Beautiful.