Armed with our trusty baskets, we headed outside on a nature hunt. Our mission: to find interesting things that we could decorate for Christmas.
The natural beauty of the gum tree bark was a source of awe and fascination. It almost seemed a shame that the squiggly markings were destined to be covered by paint and glitter. Almost.
With baskets full of bark, sticks, leaves and seeds we headed back to preschool.
Out came the paints and thin brushes.
The bark provides an interesting new surface for the kids to paint - and paint gently so that it doesn't break.
Next came the glitter. Glitter makes everything Christmassy.
There aren't many pictures of the 'glittering' because I had to put the camera down and move into damage control mode. Anyone with kids will tell you that when a child has a shaker of glitter in their hand they are unstoppable. There is no such thing as too much glitter.
In fact, several of the kids may have gone home sparkling that day.
We hung some of our bark decorations on our tree:
And the rest we popped in baskets as centrepieces for our lunch tables:
Do you use nature to decorate for Christmas?