I love, love, love the look of the “Reggio-Inspired” chandeliers.
It was one of the must-do projects with my new class.
I wanted to start with a “natural” base. Well . . . it just so happened that my son had a big pile of dead bushes in his backyard. Viola! A chandelier base!
- assorted beads
- jewelry wire
- a bush branch
A couple children in my class helped to select our bead palette – silver, clear, and white.
I found the best times to work on the chandelier with the children was during arrival and after nap. It is a perfect activity for soft and gentle moments. Stringing beads is a lovely way to sit and talk.
I put down black construction paper “work” mats to help the children “see” their beads and constructions. I prepared the wire strands by putting a bead at the end and wrapping it. I would lay these on the black mats – ready for little hands!
I let the children build and create their own strings of beads.
They loved deciding where to put their strand.
After we completed the chandelier, I let the children decide where it would be hung. They voted to have it above the block center. Beautiful!