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Set out pine cones or 2-inch pompoms and let your children choose the ones they want to use for owl bodies. Cut feet and triangular beaks out of yellow felt. Invite the children to glue the shapes onto their owl bodies. Then help them attach self-stick reinforcement labels for eyes, using glue, if necessary.
Have your children paint paper plates brown for owl faces. When the paint has dried, let them glue on yellow paper triangles for beaks and brown paper triangles for "ears" (actually feather tufts). To make eyes, have them glue small black paper circles in the center of flattened paper baking cups. Then show them how to glue the eyes on either side of the owl beaks. To complete the puppets, glue or tape on craft stick handles.

For each of your children, draw a long horizontal branch on a piece of paper. Choose a number you are working on, such as five, and write the numeral 5 underneath the branch. Invite the children to use washable inkpads and an owl rubber stamp to make prints of five owls perching on the branch on their papers. Or let them make thumbprint owls, adding details with fine point markers. Encourage the children to use their pictures for counting practice.
Using books or Internet sources, find pictures of four different kinds of owls. Make four copies of each picture and glue the pictures onto separate index cards to create 16 cards in all. Use the cards for playing these games with your children.
Set our three pictures of the same owl and one picture of a different owl. Which one doesn't belong?
Mix up the cards and then sort them by kind into four piles.
Lay the cards out face down and play a game of Concentration.

Invite your children to try these activities.
Owls have excellent night vision. Name some things owls might be able to see in the dark that we can't.
Owls are silent flyers. Pretend to be owls and fly quietly around the room.
Owls make hooting sounds. Practice perching on a pretend branch and calling out, "Whooo, whooo."


One little owl when the moon was new,
Along came another owl, and that made two.
Two little owls perched high in the tree,
Along came another owl, and that made three.
Three little owls flew to the barn door,
Along came another owl, and that made four.
Four little owls lined up side by side,
Along came another owl, and that made five.
Five little owls hooted "Whoo, whoo, whoo,"
Then they all flapped their wings and away they flew.
Elizabeth Scofield
Use the rhyme as a fingerplay. Or invite your children to act it out with their Owl Puppets, above.


Tune: "Jingle Bells"

Little owl, little owl
High up in the tree.
Little owl, little owl
Blinks his eyes at me.
Hooting loud, hooting soft,
Hooting all night long.
I just love that little owl
And love his hooting song.
Liz Ryerson

Let your children spread peanut butter on round crackers or bread rounds for owl faces. Give them triangles cut from cheese slices to place on their owl faces for beaks. Then let them add olive slices for eyes.