We rounding up the third week of our storybook summer with one of our favourite Julia Donaldson books Stickman and a perfect book for exploring the outdoors. Today we’re handing over to Jenny from The Gingerbead House to share a fun craft to bring the book alive.
My name is 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.
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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:
- piece of A4 paper
- marker pen
- contact paper
- coloured cellophane pieces
- foam leaf stickers
Time to make: 30 minutes
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.
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Jenny has been writing and sharing craft ideas at the gingerbread house since 2005. You can also find her on Twitter @gingerbread_mum, Instagram @jennymakes and Pinterest @jennymakes