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Window transparent pictures with children at How we Montessori

The older boys and I have been making a lot of Christmassy and winter type crafts. They are now on school holidays and most of our days are free. I really wanted to have a try at making Waldorf Window Transparencies so I encouraged Caspar and Otis to have a go too. 

I first discovered this concept of transparent window scenes through this store (see on Instagram here). Obviously these are really beautiful, as new-comers ours are not going to look so great but that wasn't going to stop us from trying a little DIY.

Above is a Christmas tree scene to the left and a night time camp fire scene on the right, this view is from the back. You can see how the boys cut out the black border with card and then layered the coloured transparent paper to create their scenes. 

Window transparent pictures with children at How we Montessori

This felt like a really creative process, no one knew what they would look like until they were finished. The children had fun cutting out their shapes and layering the images. They had to alter their complex designs and realised that simplicity works best here. It is wonderful work for developing fine motor skills. 

Window transparent pictures with children at How we Montessori

I have been reading Transparent Window Scenes Through the Year. It contains all you need to know to make the window scenes and it has a few patterns/designs for the different seasons. The above winter scene I made was based on one of the patterns. It's a lot harder than it looks to cut out clean lines but I love how all of these work once on the window. I need to keep reminding myself that handmade doesn't need to be perfect.

Window transparent pictures with children at How we Montessori

There are a few patterns/designs online and there are a lot of ideas on Pinterest here. A lot of them come from German sites. Some of them are amazing and inspiring. I can't wait to make some for Spring and Summer when the colours are a little more vibrant. But even in winter these add a touch of colour and beauty to our windows and help us celebrate the season. 

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