exclaimed one of my students today! For you see, today was the last day before the Thanksgiving holidays, and my class was assigned a Social Studies project where they had to dress in Colonial attire. The catch was that they couldn't purchase anything and they still had to wear their school uniform. "Modify it," I told them.
So today, we all came decked out in our very interesting versions of what the Colonial people wore. Not Pilgrims, mind you, but more along the lines of the middling class of people. I could tell who'd been in my class fabric stash. I saw hand stitched aprons, bonnets of sorts, long socks, actual stockings on some, vests, suspenders galore!
Students made different craft projects throughout the day, one of which was pomander balls. I spread out newspaper, explained the craft and let them have at it. Basically, they taped off a cross area of their fruit, pressed cloves into the untaped areas, pricked extra holes around the fruit and then had fun rolling the fruit into ground cinnamon. "Can we eat it?" I heard what seemed to be a thousand times. And a thousand times more I said, "No!" But I still caught kids sniffing the cinnamon. And I must admit, I did too. I love that smell. :-)
After the fruit was adorned with all those prickly spices, the tape was removed and a ribbon tied around it. This is a traditional Colonial craft and was very popular during Christmas time. As the fruit dries, the smell will continue to linger. Place these balls in your closet, in your drawer, or in bowls on your table. Your house is sure to smell something good! Maybe you'll even be caught brown-handed!