Your Own Pinecone Forest
- pinecones of various sizes (enough for each student to have one)
- green paint
- plaster of Paris
- aluminum foil (one sheet of foil for each student)
- small, round paper plates
- colorful beads
- silver glitter
1. Give each of the students their own pine cone. Using the green paint, they should paint their entire pine cone on the inside and out. Set the pinecones aside to dry.
2. Following the directions on the package of the plaster of Paris, mix a thick batch. You will need to work quickly so that the plaster does not inadvertently set.
3. Instruct students to set their sheet of aluminum foil on top of their small, round plate. Drop a large spoonful of the plaster mix onto the piece of aluminum foil. Have students gently press the bottom of the pinecone into the plaster. Allow the plaster to set for a day or so.
4. Once the plaster has dried, students may use glue and beads to decorate their trees. The beads, when attached in various spots around the pinecone, will look a bit like Christmas lights. They may also gently sprinkle silver glitter on and around their pinecone "tree" to look like bits of silvery snow.
When all of the "trees" are complete, line them up together to look like a miniature forest. Or, use them in addition to gingerbread houses to create your own classroom village.
Parents will be delighted with these if the children give their crafts as gifts! Put the date on each student's crafts, and the finished product will be a lasting keepsake year after year.