We have a staircase down to the basement that’s not really good for much (as far as decorating goes). On the week you’re doing Jack and the Beanstalk, though? It’s perfect.
This beanstalk was made with 50 sheets of green paper, some tape, and a lot of giggling. It’s an example of the whole transcending its component parts: the stem is just sloppy rectangles taped together along the handrail. The leaves are only vaguely leaf-shaped. The vine tendrils are spirals cut out of the scraps left over from the leaves. But all together, on the wall, you have magic.
After we were finished I still had some energy left, so I took pictures of each child in the most active pose I could coax out of them. I erased the background on the computer, printed them off, cut them out, and then:
four little hooligans climbed the beanstalk. How much fun is that?! Not bad for five dollars of green paper and some tape, right?