A Tale of Two Wreaths

We had such a brilliant day! My Mum and my Sister came to visit and we always have so much fun. Today we went for a walk around the park and as we walked Small spotted a bench. On the bench were two beautiful Christmas wreaths. They were new and unusual and Small was fascinated. In true two year old style he wanted his own wreaths to decorate his own bench. It had started raining by that point so we thought, why not? Lets go and craft! 

What you’ll need

  • Cardboard (I used an old cereal box)
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Pens and pencils
  • Scissors
  • A leaf stencil

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Method

  1. Get your team together and allocated everybody a job, like a factory line
  2. Cut two hoops out of the cardboard about an inch thick
  3. Use your leaf as a stencil and draw out about 12 leaves on your paper
  4. Colour them in
  5. Cut them out
  6. Glue them on
  7. Talk about what you like about the leaf
  8. Ask what you could change
  9. Do the next wreath slightly differently, with your changes

Verdict

This wasn’t the most fun or playful activity but it was totally driven! I don’t think anybody would underestimate a two year olds ability to get what they want, but sometimes it’s just not feasible. We were really lucky today to be able capture the moment and put all that drive into a fantastic bigger project.

For me the most important part of this activity was working as team. Usually it’s just the two of us and we keep our projects a bit smaller but today we had more hands to contribute. It was wonderful that Small got to see that bigger things can be achieved when we all work together. I think he also got to see a bit of how teams work. Hopefully he noticed some of our conversation about who would do what and how and when.

We also had an initial idea that sparked our creation. I don’t think there is much made from thin air. Most things are inspired by something else, or built from someone else’s learning and exploration. The question we asked ourselves was how can I make this new? Hopefully today we made something that was our own.

With this task we even got the opportunity to look at what we’d made and think about how we could do it differently and make it new again. Today I was ever so proud because we kept going and made not one but two different and brilliant wreaths!