Trees are wonderful in all their various stages from the full bloom of spring turning into summer, to the vast array of oranges, reds & browns displayed in the autumn as the deciduous tree sheds it's leaves in time for the winter season. In this session we are creating the basic map of a tree, roots pulling to trunk, separating out into multiple branches that tie onto an outer ring structure. We re-use a willow wreath (click HERE for a link of ours to show you how to make one similar) but you could just as easily use a tapestry ring or create your own round with an old wire hanger or even work within a different shape! This method does require an understanding of how to plait so younger ones will require more support. They can also be happily done in small family groups (take a branch each) where there is support for holding & plaiting strands as you go. You can always learn how to plait first too. Items Required: A large ring -ours was willow wreath out to new use with approx a 30cm diameter Twine or yarn - I used 3mm jute as I had some to hand but sometimes children like to work with brighter colours so try mixing and matching yarn oddments for fun. For a 30cm diameter ring you will need 27 pieces x 3metres long (total = 81metres). Smaller rings would likely require less yarn and larger rings more. Also consider that thicker yarn will need less too as it is bulkier. Scissors Ruler - can help to establish the initial 3m length then you can use the cut length as your guide. #natureinspired #tree #plait #deciduoustree #familytime #family #crafting #art #crafternoon #making #creating #kidsactivity #childrensactivity #yarnfun #natureconnection #wellbeing Whilst using this resource to inspire learning, know you are helping you and your family's wellbeing by: 1) Get Active - Get yourselves out your front doors for a walk to a local park, woodland or area you know has plenty of trees. Look for the many varying tree structures from which to take inspiration. 2) Keep Learning - Which deciduous tree will you base yours on? Take a camera to snap shots of some different trees to remember how their form develops, or if the weather is fine, consider drawing some charcoal pictures or line drawings to record your trees for inspiration. 3) Be Mindful- Try this with your family: stand closely facing a tree of your choice about 1foot away. Become quiet and calm and breathe in and out through your nose. Once calm ask - how does this tree smell? Use your eyes to focus in on its trunk only. Ask -what colours can you see? Take your hands to the trunk and gently stroke the surface of the trunk - how does it feel? Then hug the tree putting your ear up to its trunk and thank it for being there, what can you hear? If you like, sit under your tree at the end for a space of time and imagine what life for the tree must be like being in this spot. 4) Practice Kindness- If you are learning to plait or haven't long since learnt it, then practice kindness by offering to help those needing it and by giving yourselves all plenty of time to complete the plaiting. 5) Think Community - Share your beautiful outcomes with your online community, or gift your creations to family & friends to share the love of making!