Friday, September 14, 2007

Sometimes the simplist gifts are the best....
The picture above is a gift from my grandmother for Sam. While she was out for a walk one day she saw this piece of birch bark on the ground and thought that it would be something good for a lesson for him. He was to look up some of the different uses of the bark. He thought that this was great, because we live in the city and he does not see this tree much. Here is a list of some of the uses that he found- pot holders, napkin rings, coasters, charcoal, canoes, pulp, toothpick holders, paper, boxes, and furniture. Below is picture of a basket made out of birch bark that he found and thought was very beautiful. The name of it is Dona Look Basket.


3 comments:

Kate in NJ said...

Wow! Cool gift and cool basket too!

Amber said...

Wow! I don't think I could have come up with a list that long! I never would have guessed that a birch tree was so useful. All the birch trees in my yard do is spit off some kind of gold dots that leave spots on my fresh clothes hanging on the line.

Would your boys like some fall leaves? Our trees in PA should start to turn colors soon and fall to the ground in the next few weeks. I can have my children collect some colorful leaves from trees in our area if they would like some. I am sure leaves are not as useful as birch bark. All we ever do with them is make turkeys, fall place mats, piles to jump in, and something to identify a type of tree. LOL!

Heather said...

He was really happy with the gift. He had a lot of fun researching it.