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Focus on Heart and circle (eyes) Shapes
Review the activities, printable materials, theme accessories for the
hearts owl craft and learning links below to decide on what sequence or materials works best for your needs.
This craft is appropriate for the following holidays, events and
** Valentine's Day: The
heart theme lends itself to decorate the owl in Valentine colors to
make a cute greeting card or decoration. Accessories:
Heart balloon with message or blank black and white version - make a
large greeting card.
** Graduation Theme - many preschoolers, kindergarteners and
first graders will have their first graduation experiences or they can
make this for an older sibling or relative that is graduating. Accessories:
Write a short greeting inside diploma pattern, write name of child on
** Teacher's Appreciation Week, Child Care Provider's Appreciation, Back to School
or Community Helper Theme: include with a gift or attach to
gift bag. Accessories:
write a greeting inside the apple leaf or the center of the owl body.
*Halloween or Nocturnal Scene: The owl is often depicted
in "mysterious" night scenes looking out of his
"home" in a tree or on a tree branch because it is
generally nocturnal -- active at night. The craft can be
used to create an easy nocturnal scene with a branch as depicted in
the illustration on the right column.
Ideally, plan for a couple of days of activities for older children
and keep it simple for the 2-3 year olds.
Activity: Hearts Owl Craft Ages 2.5+ (10 pieces
Tell the children they are going to have fun with a craft related to a
unique bird: the owl!
The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of an mostly
assembled heart shapes (except for the eyes and legs) and during the
crafting process many skills can be addressed.
Review printing and assembly options that best meet your needs. Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested
*Eyes template can be easily substituted by large sized wiggly eyes
(size 25 mm) and the rest of the pieces can be cut from foam sheets.
*Choose template accessories for Graduation or Teacher/Child Care/Back
to School Theme in the materials column - available in color or black
Tips for accessories: Print
the apple, heart & leaf template using black and white version directly
on red paper, cut out the leaf pattern and trace onto green paper
to save on ink.
Owl Craft Printing and Assembly Options:
Option 1: Print color
wings template are optional to make the craft easier on the
youngest children) cut out,
conduct learning activities below and assemble (see below for
Option 2: Print black and white
wings template) Children can color, paint or decorate first, cut out and proceed
Option 3: For Large Groups:
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master
template. Trace the patterns on folded construction paper or
left-over paper to obtain pieces needed in each color.
Assembly: Each template has a small illustration of the finished
owl craft to help children have an idea of how it looks when
assembled. For large groups it may help to have a cut out craft
and place small pieces of tape behind each piece and show on a board a
sequence of assembly. Help
children with location of accessory theme pieces.
Other options, decorations and ideas:
1. Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration
2. Make a greeting card for other occasions (St. Valentine's,
Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day: Fold a piece on paper or card
stock in half and attach on the front. Write greeting message inside.
3. Nocturnal Scene (can be used for Halloween theme
also) Older children can make a large greeting card or poster by making
a landscape of the owl perched on a tree branch or a nest inside
a tree or cactus (elf owl).
Materials and suggested instructions for the Nocturnal scene
: 1 piece of blue construction
paper, 1 piece of brown construction
paper or grocery bag material, small white paper circle for the
To create the branch, cut a letter L shape on the brown paper
material the lengh of the blue construction paper and invert it.
Cut wavy patterns of the letter L to make it more realistic.
Glue the branch to the blue construction paper. Glue the
finished owl craft, and glue the moon in place, add some easy
face features to the moon.
4. Add craft feathers (two on the sides for wings adds a
Learning Activities to conduct before craft
Choose those activities that meet your curriculum needs and children's
Shapes & Colors Activity:
1. Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the
template if using the color template.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the
hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)
2. Counting: Count how many of each size there
are. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint
the children with printed numbers. in this activity you may want
to also count the eyes.
Proceed with craft assembly. Show the small image
provided in the template to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces. After
completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while
conducting some of the activities below.
Activity > Science and Social Studies: Learning about
Animal facts and various activities (offline and online) Ages 2.5+
Activity > Alphabet > Letter O is for Owl
Activity > Homemade Puzzles or a
simple art activity with a coloring page:
If you are short on time for a craft or want to suggest a take home
Puzzle: For reinforcement, print a coloring
page with a large owl coloring
on sturdy paper (print directly on a solid color - brown, orange, etc.
or glue to
thin cardboard and cut into basic shapes - rectangles, squares,
triangles (4 - to 6 pieces for children
2-3 years old and more pieces for older children).
2. Free Style Art - Create a Forest Landscape: Have
the children decorate the image, layering materials for texture,
use craft feathers. Cut out the image and have the children
create a forest background -- the trunk of a tree or branch with
watercolors, tempera, glue real or dried leaves, twigs and small
branches, create a nest with pine needles to bring in a touch of real
nature. When the background is done glue or tape the owl on top.
Make sure to include story time.