Willow stems work particularly well for this activity, as they are flexible enough to bend into shape. Gather stems after the leaves have dropped. You can also purchase dry willow from a supplier and leave them soak in water for a couple of days beforehand.
The length of the stems you collect will determine the size of your star. We recommended stems that are approximately one metre long.
You may wish to collect a range of additional natural materials for decoration.
Secateurs (to be used under supervision or by adults only)
Twine or string
Collected natural materials for decorating (e.g. leaves and tree seeds)
This activity works well with smaller groups to allow for more supervision. Take care when handling stems and work in a space that is large enough for pupils to spread out. You may consider providing pupils with eye protection and protective gloves as additional safety measures.