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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Crafting with 3rd Graders - Little Creatures from Nature

As we don't celebrate either Halloween or the USA Thanksgiving here in Germany, I put my focus on the bounty of autumn and the brisk fresh air which just draws one outside to wander and gather.

Here's a cute menagerie made by a class of 3rd graders this past week.
With lots of natural materials on hand as supplies, they just let their imaginations go and came up with wonderful results.

Supplies gathered from various nature walks included:
acorns, acorn caps, pine cones, thistle heads, coneflower heads, black-eyed susan heads, chestnuts, prickly chestnut cases, sunflower seeds, elder blossom branches, elder berries, maple seeds, twigs, beech seeds and casings and the mystery 'berry' in the first picture!




... a trio of friends
The right-most owl was the big inspiration here. I purchased this little guy years ago from the John Audubon Center in Oaks, PA, where each winter season they have an amazing display of hundreds of creatures: big-eyed owls, an orchestra of mice, regal deer -- all made from plants in the area. It's worth checking it out if you are in the area.

... a little scene
(prickly chestnut case, black-eyed susan flower head, elder blossom branch)
... a cute creature
(pine cone, acorn caps, dried elder berries, coneflower seed head)
... another creature
(with the mystery 'berry' tree)
... a friendly hedgehog
(Idea courtesy of: http://theenchantedtree.blogspot.com/2011/03/cone-flower-hedgehogs.html)
... a hedgehog relaxing
(coneflower head, acorn cap, elder berries, mystery berries, chestnut case, elder blossom branch)
... and a little squirrel




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(pine cone, coneflower, thistle)