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Our weather here in Melbourne is veryย different this year in that it has been much wetter than usual. This has caused various things to happen such as relief that the dams are filling at last, joy that the crops are growing, sadness that the crops are sodden,

huge pleasure splashing in puddles

and playing in the floods,

annoyance because outdoor activities are being curtailed, locust, mosquito and snake plagues forecast and really bad hay fever!

Because of the latter state of affairs we decided to give our usual fresh Christmas tree a miss this year – if you have ever been tortured with hay fever you’ll understand why!

We had a chat with the children about this and they were happy to help us out by painting and decorating one for everyone.

We started off with a large piece of white paper stuck to the wall.

First one of our resident artists drew the outline.

Second a small group painted it green inside the lines.

Third the next group drew baubles, fairy lights and other gaudy stuff all over the tree with some fabulous “Slinky Crayons”.

Fourth the children stuck heaps of tinsel and Christmas balls all over everyone else’s art work …

so now it looks like a big glitzy mass!

Last someone drew and cut out a star to go on the top.

The children love it and so do we – no sneezing!

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6 Responses to “Christmas tree-o-Christmas tree”

  1. Lisa says:

    I love the tree!!! What did the children stick the baubles on with?
    Incidentally if you can think of a way to get it over here we could do with some water over here in Perth!!

    ::: Lisa the children simply used sticky tape and masking tape to attach the decorations by their strings. As for water, we were chatting at a workshop we ran on Saturday about poor Perth being the only state in Australia to be missing out on all this incredible rain … believe us we would send it your way if we could! … Hang in there Lisa! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kerri says:

    I love how all the children worked together on the tree. It is fabulous! Kerri

    ::: Thanks Kerri. This years children have been very big on teamwork and group projects which is lovely to see! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Scott says:

    Your tree is great! We decorated one this week…and it’s also packed with decorations.

    ::: hee … hee … Ours is SO packed full of decorations Scott it fell down over the week end! Thank goodness for masking tape loving children … that baby ain’t goin’ anywhere now! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Louise says:

    Nice idea to celebrate Christmas with a piece of collaborative art – but what are slinky crayons? ๐Ÿ™‚

    ::: Thanks Louise they did do a terrificly good job! The “slinky crayons” are actually called “Crayola twistable slick sticks”… heres a link for you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.onlinetoys.com.au/product.php?productid=18859

  5. finleysmaid says:

    oh fab what a great solution…the weather here is a bit different than yours at the moment it’s about minus 5 and snow everywhere…we’re having trouble getting outside too ….because of ice! but your blog always makes me feel warm inside!

    ::: Wow finleysmaid, your weather certainly is a far cry from ours! Maybe you’ll need a paper tree for different reasons to our too! It’s nice to know we can warm you up on a cold day … think how much you could save on your heating bills just by visiting “irresistible ideas” hee … hee!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Juliet says:

    This is a lovely Christmas tree – one of the nicest I’ve seen.

    If you have bushes in your outdoor area your children may enjoy hanging various sorts of decorations on these too! Who says you need “sneezing trees”!

    Interestingly – I think because it’s a different season here in Scotland, we tend not to have allergy issues as the pollen isn’t out!

    ::: It is a very cool tree isn’t it Juliet?! Unfortunately with the wind, rain and storms we’ve been experiencing lately decorating our out door area is a no go at the moment! ;( ;(