During the Christmas season, we asked parents and staff to ask their local tree farms for their left over tree cookies. All the tree farms were more than happy to give us the ends of Christmas trees for free since they usually dispose of them. We brainstormed several different ways the children could use the tree cookies. One of our idea's was to allow the children a time to create their own sculptures.
We placed the tree cookies on a table and armed the children with wood glue. Each one came out quite unique. The project lasted over several days, since the glue had to dry. The children would come in and continually add to the sculpture. We allowed them to add to it until the project fizzled out and the children lost interest. but the results are fantastic and kid inspired!