crafts here, but this Christmas one is special. On one hand, it’s a fun holiday
craft for kids. On the other hand, it’s a lesson in art and observation.
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Picture Book Month
I’ve signed up to share the work of talented illustrator Holly Stone-Barker.
The captivating, detailed collages she created for The House That Santa Built
(affiliate) are a lot of fun to study.
one doing the read-aloud, you don’t immediately notice all the details in the
illustrations. At least, that’s how it is for me. Slowly, after a few readings,
I start to notice and appreciate the picture book’s visual elements.
pictures right away. They are captivating.
lot of fun too. I instinctively turned it into an interactive read aloud – but more
on that later.
The Art of Collage
look at the lovely illustrations with me.
illustrator didn’t draw any of these pictures?”
see. I explained how Stone-Barker had created the illustrations by making
collages for each page. All three of my
kids were suitably impressed.
assembling them into the charming pictures.
A Christmas Tree Craft for Kids
story, I showed them the craft we’d be doing. I wanted us to make
something inspired by one of the
illustrations in the story. I also wanted to teach them about the art of collage.
have way too many detailed parts for little kids. (My girls are in kindergarten).
There is one full page featuring a Christmas tree similar to the one on the
cover. I thought we could do a simplified
version of that.
illustration, I made a template of 6 triangles in a gradient of sizes.
paper and my box of scrapbook paper and found a variety of green paper. Then, I
helped each of my girls choose and trace the template triangles onto the green
paper. They cut out each of the triangles and glued them onto a background paper
snowflake, we used our craft punches.
6-year-old versions. They have so much more character than my boring neat one,
don’t you think?
A Rollicking Read Aloud
This is the reindeer (stomp! stomp!)
That ran after the elf (hee, hee)
That tried to catch the mouse (squeak, squeak)
To make it even more fun, as we went, I assigned each of my kids parts. I would prompt them to say the words in parenthesis. I’d love to do this with a larger group of kids. I’d give them each a slip of paper with their part on it, and make it a rollicking good time.
But for now, we’ll stick to just the picture book crafts. I’ve hung my kids’ Christmas tree collages where my advent calendar goes every year, and I hate to move them. They are definitely staying on display somewhere until Christmas.
You may also like to see all the other picture book crafts I’ve collected on Pinterest. Many of them are from Picture Book Month.