Create your own natural Advent Wreath - a special way to mark each Sunday in Advent, & a great activity to share with your family.
To collect the greenery we set off on a family woodland walk, armed with secateurs & a good ol' Ikea bag Minnie helped search for holly, ivy & conifer trees. With supervision she learnt how to use & manipulate secateurs & managed to cut her chosen branches.
We'd soaked a block of oasis (available from most florists) in water overnight, & then cut the oasis block in half, before cutting to size & adding to an old flan dish.
Once we were happy with the shape Minnie counted & added 5 candles. Four candles represent the four Sundays in Advent & the fifth is placed in the middle to represent Christmas Day.
I stuck the initial pieces of ivy around the bottom of the dish & then Minnie decorated the rest.
I loved the concentration on her face as she created her arrangement, & that she requested to listen (& sing along) to 'Away in a Manger' while she was creating!
Creativity, design, appreciation of nature, & a range of motor skills were all explored in this activity, which Minnie was totally absorbed in.