One of our new “favourite” Christmas Books is Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and we have a fun simple craft for you to do with your kids to decorate the window this year. Plus a huge bonus is that you can use it for the whole of the year. This simple Stick Man Sun Catcher Craft is easy to make and looks great.
Today we welcome Jenny from The Gingerbread House over to Rainy Day Mum.
Hi I’m Jenny and I’ve been writing and crafting at the gingerbread house since 2005. I’m a stay at home mum to a 3 and 5 year old and live in London.
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
We have included links to the book and resources we used to create this craft for kids based on The Stick Man. If you buy via the links we may earn a small commission.
With two young children you won’t be surprised to hear that we love all books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. We love reading a good book and being inspired to make something so when we heard about Storybook Summer and classic children’s storybooks from the woods we knew we would be choosing Stick Man.
Stick Man is a brilliant story. We love watching the seasons change throughout the story and seeing where Stick Man ends up.
“Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.” But it’s dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?
We were hoping to get out into our local woods and go searching for sticks to craft with but it seems that Summer is on holiday and we have been stuck indoors thanks to the rain. Instead of a nature craft we are sharing our Stick Man sun catcher. Sun catchers are great fun and brighten up our home all year round.
To make a Stick Man Sun Catcher you will need:
Time to make: 30 minutes
How to make this Stick Man Craft with Kids
Draw a large picture of Stick Man (use an image from the book if needed).
Cut out the inside of your picture and place on a sheet of contact paper. Cut your cellophane sheets into small pieces.
Let your child fill in Stick Man with the cellophane pieces. Use lots of colours to make it as colourful as possible.
Cover the other side of your sun catcher with contact paper to seal it and cut around Stick Man.
We added a couple of foam leaf stickers to finish ours off. Hang in the window and enjoy.
Some other book related posts you might enjoy from the gingerbread house include
More Stick Man Activities for Kids
Stick Man Small World Play in a Tuff Spot ideal for retelling of the story and imaginative play.
STEM Stick Man activity for preschoolers to build their “digital Numbers” using sticks.
Salt Dough Stick Man Craft for Kids of all ages. Ideal for making after you read the book.
Why not Pin this Stick Man Craft for Preschoolers and Toddler to Make Later
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