Owl Theme


Books

I'm Not Cute! - Jonathan Allen
Hoot Hoot! - Richard Powell
Little Owl - Piers Harper
Mrs. Owl and Mr. Pig - Jan Wahl
Owl Babies - Martin Waddell
The Sleepy Owl - Marcus Pfister
Whoo-oo Is It - Megn McDonald



Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

The Owl

There's a wide eyed owl (thumbs and forefingers around eyes)
With a pointed nose, (forefinger makes a v at end of nose)
Two pointed ears, (forefingers extended up from head)
and claws for toes, (fingers and arms bent in front of chest)
When he sits up in the tree, (point to tree)
and he looks at you, (point at a child in the group)
he flaps his wings, (fold arms into arm pits and flap)
And he says 'Whoo Whoo.'

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Arts & Crafts

Paper Plate Owl

You will need: large paper plates (the kind with the ridged edges), circles of orange construction paper for eyes, V-shaped pieces of orange construction paper for bills and claws, a magic marker, brown tempera paint, and glue. Use the magic marker to draw cutting lines on each paper plate at 10, 2, 5 and 7 o'clock, and along the inner edge of the ridges (these will be the wings). Have the children cut their plates on the lines, then have them paint the pieces of the paper plate with brown tempera paint and let dry. Staple the owl's wings to the bodies for the children (or use brads for more moveable wings). Have the children glue the eyes, beaks and claws onto their owls.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Bag Owls

Loosely stuff a bag full of crumbled newspaper. Bring the top together & fold the two outer edges in toward the center & glue to form a point. Fold the point down. Cut eyes & feet from construction paper & glue to the owl. Big grocery bags will make grandfather owl, small candy bags turn into baby owls, & all sizes between are the flock! The kids love playing with these!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Snow Owl

Materials: large paper plates, glue, stapler, black markers or black crayons, children scissors, 3 small triangles, black buttons

What to do: Fold and staple the paper plate and cut along dotted lines being careful not to cut through the back of the plate. Unfold the wings. Have the children cut fringes on wings, head and tail. The children may use a black crayon or marker to make the eyes or use the two black buttons. The children may glue on two yellow triangles for ears and one for the beak. The owls can be mounted on a large tongue depressors to make owl puppets.

Related book: "Owl At Home" by Arnold Lobel

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



In The Kitchen

On a paper plate give the children a circle of meat (the owl's head), can be bologna or others like turkey. Next a triangle of American cheese (one square cut in half). Place the cheese, triangle pointing down on the top half of the circle head (this forms the ears and the beak). Next place two Ritz circle crackers for eyes on each side of the beak. Last, place two olive circles on top of the cracker for pupils. The children can add other bits of veggies, too.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links

Owl Theme - First School
Owl Crafts - Preschool Education
Owls - Preschool Express



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