In the land of Israel, trees are just beginning their cycle of fruit-bearing and growth for the new year. To celebrate Tu B’shvat, the “birthday” of trees, each nursery school classroom created a tree using loose parts.
Lead teacher Rebecca Kitchens said, “Here at the JCC we are exploring with materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways.”
Each classroom received a project kit with branches and materials to create a tree. Several classes added unique pieces to their trees found in their own rooms.
“Like the seeds of the fruit tree, these objects contain infinite possibilities,” she said. “They invite conversations and interactions, and they encourage collaboration and cooperation.”
Browse the gallery below to see students in action and the final trees, which are on display in the hallway.