Easy Owl Craft For Kids

Owls are trendy right now for sure but even more important in our house is that my daughter’s preschool class is the owls class. We have owl hair bows, owl hats and it was no surprise when I asked he if she wanted to make an animal craft she quickly said ” Yes , let’s make owl!” So we did. Using your child’s interests for crafts or learning time deepens their experience and makes it more fun.

  1. Gather your materials. We stamped our owl with homemade stamps made from milk jug caps and foam stickers ( see how below) but you could use any stamp. You will also need white paper, scissors, a stamp pad , glue , googly eyes and some construction paper for a simple nose, backing and branch.
  2. Start by making your stamps. Stick round foam stickers on your caps. Hard eh?
  3. Next cut out a simple owl shape from your paper.
  4. Time to stamp! I put a piece of black construction paper under my daughter as a place mat of sorts. Even washable stamp pads in my experience aren’t as washable as washable markers.
  5. Peel the stickers off the homemade stamps and glue the caps on the owl for eyes.  This wasn’t planned- my daughter peeled the stamps off and I decided to use them as part of the owl’s eyes.
  6. Next add glue for the eyes. I love using these simple steps to talk about body parts with my toddler. ” Where are the owl’s eyes? How many eyes do owls have?” with older kids take the opportunity to talk about how owls have great eyesight and how they hunt at night. glue the caps on. 
  7. Next add the googly eyes and nose. She loved filling the caps with glue for the googly eyes.
  8. Let dry and glue onto a backing sheet. Add a simple branch if desired.

My Favorite Owl Book For Toddlers

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell is perfectly written for toddlers who are eager to “do it myself” but still need a loving parent safely within view.  Three baby owls wake to find their mom away and as time passes the three all get more anxious in their own ways. My daughter loves this book and completely related to poor little Bill who repeats ” I want my mommy!” over and over.  At night she is very much like little Bill, but during the day she is braver like the other two owls Sarah and Percy. No matter what level of separation anxiety your child may have at times they will relate to one or all of the little owls. Of course the story ends with mama coming back and reassuring her little owl babies that she always will.

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Letter Of The Week O!

Owl O !
When teaching I always did octopus O, but we’ve already done that here at No Time For Flash Cards. After a few flips through the kids dictionary for ideas for the letter O I laughed at myself for never doing an owl before! I was more excited when my son was eager to do a craft after such a busy day. When it was all done we both couldn’t wait to show it off , my son to his dad and me to all of you! .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 different colors of construction paper, 1 sheet of white paper, some brown paint, 2 googly eyes, glue, a marker and scissors.
  2. Start by drawing a large uppercase O on the white paper.
  3. Have your child paint it. I had to include this picture he was just starting to paint but was ecstatic that he made a happy face .
  4. While your child paints, cut out a large triangle and 2 feet from one color.
  5. Cut out 2 circles with the other paper. Scrap paper would work great for these pieces.
  6. Cut out the painted O and glue onto the 3rd piece of paper.
  7. Add glue to the top of the O ( you can see the smears where he added extra glue, just wipe any spills with a paper towel ) .
  8. Add the triangle
  9. Add more glue
  10. Add the circles
  11. Add the googly eyes.
  12. Add the feet- we stuck them under the O but over is fine too. Let dry.

Song!

The Little Brown Owl

Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl one night
Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl,
Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl one night ,
And they all went hoo hoo hoot!

But we all know owls go ,
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
We all know owls go
la di da di da
they don’t go hoo hoo hoot!

Books!

“White Owl , Barn Owl” by Nicola Davies is a really informative sweet book. Although the story is fiction this book is packed with information on every page. The book follows a little girl and her grandpa as they put a nesting box high in a tree for the elusive Barn Owl. They wait and wait and their patience is worth it when they catch a glimpse of the beautiful bird. My son sat for this whole book, listening as I read the facts along with the story. The simple but magical illustrations by Michael Forman were a perfect compliment to the text.


” The Owl And The Pussy Cat”
by Edward Lear and Stephane Jorisch . The classic poem is brought to life with whimsical but pretty illustrations. The story of true love sailing off on a beautiful pea green boat is a classic for a reason, it’s melodic and will appeal to children in many age groups. I had to memorize this in grade 3 for Madame Griffin and still hold it dear to my heart!

“Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell was an instant hit with my son. I knew it would be, much like little Bill the smallest of the three baby owls my son is fond of saying “I want my mommy”. The three birds are distraught when they discover mama owl is not there. I love how they huddle together, and think a lot before mama Owl returns non- challant about the fact that she’d returned. The illustrations of the owls are so expressive , which with very few facial features is impressive. Patrick Benson did a wonderful job bringing all three owl’s personalities out visually as well as making the setting ominous without being frightening to young readers. Great book!

You’re A Hoot !

Owl Puppet !

This craft is a fun way to encourage pretend play which our kids are not getting enough of according to the experts! So many toys and activities are passive and we need to get them using their imaginations, it will amaze you what comes from their little but very creative heads! So make a puppet and encourage them to have a puppet show!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an old cereal box or other cardboard, some paint, a paintbrush, popsicle sticks,a pen, glue, some buttons for the eyes, and scissors.
  2. Draw a big oval, 2 small ovals, a triangle and some wings ( wings aren’t pictured because I added them later – but you can do it right away! ).
  3. Have your child paint the large oval a light color, we chose white.
  4. Paint the triangle and the wings a darker color, we used brown.
  5. Paint the eyes a bright fun color , ours are red. Let everything dry.
  6. Paint the popsicle stick any color you want.
  7. Cut out , or have your child cut out the shapes.
  8. Glue the triangle onto the top of the oval.
  9. Glue on the eyes.
  10. Glue the buttons in the middle of the eyes.
  11. Glue on the wings.
  12. Glue the popsicle stick to the back and let everything dry.
  13. Have a hoot !
Song!

The Little Brown Owl

Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl one night
Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl,
Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl one night ,
And they all went hoo hoo hoot!

But we all know owls go ,
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
We all know owls go
la di da di da
they don’t go hoo hoo hoot!

Books!

” The Owl And The Pussy Cat” by Edward Lear and Stephane Jorisch . The classic poem is brought to life with whimsical but pretty illustrations. The story of true love sailing off on a beautiful pea green boat is a classic for a reason, it’s melodic and will appeal to children in many age groups. I had to memorize this in grade 3 for Madame Griffin and still hold it dear to my heart!

” The Sleepy Owl” by Marcus Pfister is a cute little story about an owl who overslept. The author is well known for his “Rainbowfish” character but don’t overlook this adorable and happy story!