A couple of weeks ago my neighbours had a team of tree loppers in to trim some of their magnificent Australian Gum Trees. I have been collecting twigs, branches, stumps and bark for school but have had trouble getting someone to cut me "tree cookies."
I ran over and they agreed to cut me some slices of branches that they had already cut.
I love these because they can be used for anything. They stimulate curiosity, imagination, thinking, problem solving, creativity and a sense of wonder.
They provide a wonderful sensory experience and are a perfect platform to stimulate play situations.
So far we have used the "tree cookies" in a variety of ways, both inside and outside the classroom.