We didn’t get around to making pipe cleaner (chenille stem) wreaths until this week but once we had them made, we went wild with our huge bag of red, white, and green pipe cleaners.
M developed several crafts of her own including a wreath made by curling a pipe cleaner into a spiral and then wrapping another color around it to make a striped look and adding a hook.
She also made lots of pipe cleaner chains. She dictated directions to me: You bend it into a U. Then cross the ends and twist them up and it makes a circle. Then you weave another one through it and do the same thing with it. You keep on doing the same thing until the chain is as long as you want it.
Other projects included candy canes, flowers, and bracelets.
We’re still reading all the books I’ve already mentioned here and we discovered another wonderful new-to-us book, The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco. It’s a beautiful story about a Jewish family who helps out their Christian neighbors when scarlet fever hits their community during the holidays.
A few days ago we read The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, one that always makes me tear up. After reading about the beautiful nativity figures Mr. Toomey carves, I brought out the Playmobil nativity scene that I’d ordered and we put it together and had a blast setting it up and playing with it.