Scary Trees

Scary Trees Activity

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Bend, twist, squish and press a paper bag into a tree! Once it's finished, your child's Halloween tree will look like it came right out of a scary fairy tale. While creating this self-standing sculpture, your child will get to practice fiber arts and sculpture-making simply by manipulating paper.

What You Need:

  • Used brown paper lunch bag
  • Scissors
  • Crumpled newspaper

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to place a crumpled ball of newspaper at the bottom of a brown paper bag and twist the bag right above the crumpled ball. This is called the "base twist."
  2. Have him take the scissors and cut the top of the bag in half, then in half again, stopping before the "base twist." Each of these pieces of paper are now the large branches of the tree.
  3. Encourage him to start twisting each piece of cut paper. Twist some pieces tighter than others.
  4. Cut the ends of each branch and twist the smaller "branches."
  5. Have him cut any additional branches he'd like to add to his scary tree.
  6. Encourage him to make as many trees as he likes. You might even want to make a whole Halloween forest.
Updated on Oct 17, 2014
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