“Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book” and Puppet Project

Creative Wednesdays

This is such a beautiful book and perhaps my favorite children’s book about changing seasons and the animals that live in a tree.

Through a hole in the book’s cover of Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup, an owl invites us inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the tree — baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, and finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill — until another year begins.

In Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along the way they’ll learn about the seasons and how a forest and its inhabitants change throughout the year.

Make your Nanny Kids their own peek-through tree out of a toilet paper cardboard tube. Then have the children help you make little animal puppets who can peek through the tree’s hole — just like the book.

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You Will Need:

Toilet Paper Cardboard Tube
Craft Sticks
White Glue
Green Paper (optional)

What to Do:

1. Draw or print out little animals that may live in a tree such as an owl, squirrel, bear cubs, bees, raccoon, and so on. Make sure the animals are small enough to fit into a cardboard toilet paper roll. Have the kids color in the animals and cut them out.

2. Paste each animal to a craft stick.

3. Cut an oval hole about 2/3 up on the cardboard roll.

4. Use a marker to draw bark on the tree.

5. If you want, cut out some leaves from green paper, (see photo as reference).

6. Cut two little slits on the top of the cardboard tube and slide in the leaves, (see the photo).

7. Once puppets are dry put them in the tree to see who is in the whole of the tree.

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