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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