Bear Has a Story to Tell
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Twig Paintings

This craft/recipe was inspired by Bear Has a Story to Tell. To learn more about the book and to see all our Bear Has a Story to Tell activities, click here.


With Thanksgiving coming a bit earlier in the month this year, we find ourselves not quite ready to move into Christmas activities quite yet. We are clinging to one more week of the autumn mindset before the Christmas carols start ringing in our heads and we are overcome with the need to make everything coated in glitter and glue. Please join us for an art activity that has the look and feel of late fall as we say good-by to November and the beautiful autumn leaves.

This activity is inspired by the beautiful, spare illustrations Erin Stead created for Bear Has a Story to Tell. Go on a nature walk with your young reader (another use for the Cereal Box Nature Tote) and collect a variety of twigs to take home. We found twigs we liked on a fallen branch and just clipped off a few pieces to take home and use on our project.

Using the twigs adds a 3-dimensional element to the project that looks quite seasonal when displayed. This activity is also a fun introduction to dry brush painting. We used a large brush with stiff bristles to create a “scratchy” look to the leaves and experimented with pressing the brush down harder and lighter to compare the difference in the leaves we created.



  • White construction paper
  • Twigs
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  1. Glue the twigs to the construction paper and allow to dry.
  2. Dip a dry brush in a container of paint and press down on the paper to create autumn leaves. 


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