A Spooky Tree Craft

The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree

Introduction

spooky tree craftThis Craft is based on the children’s book, “The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree”, by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Kids love this book and it is one of my favorites too!  Read this book and create this spooky tree craft to go along with it.  You could also give kids the freedom to create their own picture to go with the story, let them create a scene of their favorite part of the book and use this craft as inspiration!

Directions:

Start by tracing your hand on a piece of brown construction paper while elongating the fingers. To do this, trace from the wrist up past the fingers and come to a point. You may have to help younger kids with this step and it helps if you demonstrate first.

 

Next, snip a thin strip of green construction paper to make the grass. Cut out and tuck a jack-o-lantern into the grass. Cut out a bat, some crows, and a big yellow moon. Glue the cutouts onto a gray or black piece of construction paper to complete your spooky scene!

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Construction Paper Collages

For these pretty construction paper collages you can reuse leftover scrap paper to make a beautiful picture. Cut out and glue shapes onto black construction paper and color the background with crayons or colored pencils.

scrap paper collage

Use black construction paper as a background to make the colors in your collage really stand out.  Crayons and colored pencils will still show up over the black paper and you can also color on lighter paper that you have added to your craft.

flower and rainbow collage image

Big flowers, rainbows, and hearts are a few ideas to get you started, but wil a little imagination, you will be coming up with tons of pretty pictures!

Materials

  • glue bottles
  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • sequins
  • hole punchers
  • crayons
  • plastic buttons
  • google eyes
  • other craft materials or scraps

Directions

This craft is pretty self-explanatory and results will vary based on what kid of materials you use.  You will simply use your imagination to create a pretty picture, made out of  whatever materials you have around.  You might want to create an example to show your kids what you will be doing before they start, or you can just give them the materials and let their creative spirits run free!

I had a bunch of extra die cuts lying around so I used them to make the construction paper collage shown in the picture above.I also added some plastic buttons and google eyes to my craft.

If you don’t have die cut shapes then just cut shapes out of scrap paper. You can even use a fun hole punch and sequins to decorate the collage. Check your local art store for more ideas!

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Construction Paper Portraits

Kids can make this construction paper portrait using pieces of scrap paper.

construction-paper-portrait

Materials

  • Glue sticks
  • Construction Paper (whole pieces and scraps)
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Cut out the an oval for the face and a rectangle for the neck and glue onto the background (I used black paper because I like the contrast).
  2. Cut pieces of paper for hair and layer over each other to create a hair-like texture.
  3. Cut out and add a shirt, decorate (optional)
  4. Add facial features including  eyes, nose, mouth, and ears
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3D Pig Craft – A Construction Paper Creation

Instructions to make a 3D pig face craft that you can hang up on the wall or use as a puppet.

Put three of these piggies on a stick and have a Three Little Pigs puppet show. Need a big bad wolf? Use the black cat template.
3 D pig craft

You will need :

  • construction paper
  • a bottle of glue
  • a stapler
  • a wooden cylinder-shaped block
  • a pencil

Directions
Start by making a fortune teller out of construction paper. Click here for some directions on making a fortune teller (sometimes also called a “Cootie Catcher”).

Staple the top and bottom sections together to create a mouth that only opens in one direction.

To make the pig’s nose: Glue a piece of construction paper around a cylinder shaped block.  Hold the paper around the block until the glue dries.

Cut a triangle shape out of the end of the nose piece and attach it to the fortune teller with some glue. Hold the construction paper in place until the glue dries.  Your pig is going to look like an elephant at this point.  Trim the nose to make it shorter like a pig’s nose would be.

Trace around the end of the wooden cylinder block to make a circle that is the same width as the opening on the nose.  Add two small tabs to either side of the circle and cut this shape out. The tabs can be bent and dotted with
glue and then carefully placed inside the nose to help it stick.  Glue on two small black construction paper nostrils.

Cut out triangles from red construction paper and glue on the inside of the mouth as shown in the picture. This part can be a little tricky as you need four triangles to fit nicely in each section of the mouth. When you make one that fits you can use it as a template and cut three more in the same shape. Glue these pieces inside the mouth.

Cut two triangles to make ears and add smaller triangles to those to complete the ears. Glue the ears onto the back of your pig’s head.

Cut out two pink squares and glue them to the back of the fortune teller to make cheeks. Trim off the excess paper with scissors.

Create eyes by cutting out two small circles of white construction paper.  Cut two smaller black circles to make pupils.  Make eyelids with half circles of construction paper. Glue the pupils onto the eyeballs and then glue the eyelids on.

Make the eyelashes by cutting out a small black rectangle and snipping very
thin strips almost all the way down. Curl them by rolling them
around a pencil. Cut them in half so you have two sets of eyelashes and then carefully glue them onto the eyelids.

Finally,  push a small nail through one of the folds on the back of the fortune teller to create an anchor. Place a loop of string or floss on the nail and attach it to the wall with a tack.

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