Stellaluna Themed Mixed-Media Art Project

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I’m a sucker for a good picture book that can inspire fun hands-on activities. Many years ago, I discovered Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.  What a precious story this is. A young fruit bat, Stellaluna, is separated from her mother and tries to adapt to the bird family she lives with.

Stellaluna-Button

But, what happens when Stellaluna encounters a group of fruit bats? It’s funny and engaging and a family favorite in our house. As a matter of fact, as I was taking pictures for this post, my 15yo walked in the room and said, “I remember that book. I liked it.”

I put my ten year old daughter in charge of helping me create a hands-on activity for Stellaluna. We decided on a mixed-media art project depicting Stellaluna and her bird family.

We gathered our supplies:

  • Art paper {We used paper from a sketch pad, but you could also use construction paper.}
  • crayons {You could also use oil pastels, watercolor paints, or colored pencils.}
  • construction paper bits {could also use yarn} – for the nest
  • magazine with pictures of birds
  • bat stickers
  • glue or glue sticks

Stellaluna-Supplies

I asked Emma to choose a scene to illustrate. She chose to draw some trees with a night sky in the background. She got lucky and found a great picture of a nest full of baby birds. She cut out three of these birds and glued them on one of the branches.

She then tore some brown construction paper into little bits to create a nest. This could also be done with yarn. She chose construction paper, because we didn’t have white glue – only glue sticks – on hand.

Stellaluna-Project

Finally, she used a bat sticker {from a pack of Halloween stickers purchased at Michaels} and placed her upside-down under the nest.

Finished-Project

How will your young reader interpret his/her favorite scene in the book? Pull out your art supplies and encourage them to create as you read.

About Tara Mitchell

Tara Mitchell is a wife and mom to three beautiful children ages 19, 15, and 10. She enjoys reading, cooking/baking, and crafting. When she's not driving to and from her children's activities, you can find her blogging at This Sweet Life. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Facebook.

Comments

  1. Cute idea! I love that it can be adapted to any story.

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