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September 27, 2011

"Owl Babies" Craft

We read the fun book "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell several times last week and I thought it would be fun to do a craft with the kids about it. I found the idea for this craft from Blue Moon Palette.

The Owl Babies story is about 3 owl babies, Sarah, Percy and Bill, who worry about their mother while she is gone on her night flight. It's a really simple story. My kids got a kick out of Bill because he says "I miss my Mommy" throughout the entire story and I said it in a pouty voice every time which made them chuckle.

One of my favorite ways to craft after reading a book is by simply re-creating a scene in the story. We focused on the cover of the book. Below is how my artwork turned out.

Normally I post pictures with my tutorials but I was so absorbed in doing the craft with my boys that I literally forgot to get out the camera. I know, RARE for me, but I have to admit it was great just creating and not worrying so much about getting a photo of every step. So below is the low down on our craft.

Supplies you will need:
  • black cardstock paper
  • brown lunch sack
  • black marker
  • glue stick
  • white acrylic paint
  • large pom-pom
  • clothespin
  • small paper plate
  • small paper bowl
  • gold glitter glue
  • circular foam brush
  • yellow crayon
  • brown, black, white and orange construction paper

1. We started out with a black sheet of card stock paper. I wanted the background to look like there were stars so I poured some gold glitter glue in a paper bowl and diluted it down so the glitter wasn't so concentrated. Then we used a circle foam brush to dab all over the page to create stars.

2. While the glitter glue dried, we tore off a piece of brown paper to use as our branch for the owls to sit on. I happened to have a piece of brown packaging paper so we used that, but any piece of brown paper would do. If I wouldn't have had the packaging paper I honestly would have used a brown paper lunch bag. We kind of crinkled up the paper a little to make it look more real.

3. After gluing the branch on the bottom of our paper, we each used a black marker to create lines and knots in our wood. I thought the boys did such a good job with this, I was really impressed!

4. To paint our owls we used a pom-pom attached to a clothespin for a brush. We dabbed the brush into white paint and onto our paper. We tried to make them small, medium and large, just like in the story. My youngest son got a little carried away with his largest owl, but I can't blame him really because it was so fun painting with the pom-pom.  :)

5. Before we started the project I had pre-cut circles for the eyes and triangles for the nose to glue on. The brown circles were 1" diameter, black circles were 1/2" diameter, and the white circle is just a hole punch. I could have easily just had the kids cut out their own circles with the paper but since there were so many different steps involved I didn't want them to get too burned out and bored with the craft so I did it in advance.

6. After the white paint was dry we glued on the eyes and nose.

7. We finished by using a yellow crayon to draw a moon in our picture.

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Deborah said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the owls! So simple and sooo cute!

artsy_momma said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! We will have to try pom pom painting!

Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the texture and mix of materials! This looks like a really fun book too... can't believe I've never seen it! (library trip tomorrow?)

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Rachel, these are simply ADORABLE! We love "Owl Babies" too! Thanks so much for sharing!

Esther said... Best Blogger Tips

They are so adorable! We love pom pom stamping!

I'm adding the book to our "to read" list!

Brimful Curiosities said... Best Blogger Tips

One of our favorite books. Your craft is fantastic. I like the brown paper branches.

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, how I heart these adorable little owls!!!!

I have never read this book but I am definitely getting it for our fall theme - thanks for the info!

Now I hate to nag but you MUST link this up to the Sunday Showcase :) I would love to feature it next week!!! hint, hint!


Alison said... Best Blogger Tips

This is brilliant, Owl Babies is one of both my little ones favourite books!

maggy, red ted art said... Best Blogger Tips

I love ALL your owls! And yes... I always have to have a go too...

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!!


Lorie said... Best Blogger Tips

Really cute! Would love for you to link this up to our fall crawl link party!

Thanks! Lorie @ Reading Confetti

mermaid said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I LOVE them!
They are sooooooooo sweet!

SnoopyGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

Your owls are adorable. And keep being a big kids with your little kids. I always do! LOL!

Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the colors of these - your kids are so lucky - you just inspire me to do projects with them

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

These are wonderful...I agree it is fun to get in on the creating too! I think my girls would love this book and project too. Thank you for sharing and linking up to stART!!

~Michelle @ A Mommy's Adventures

Mandi said... Best Blogger Tips

ADORABLE!!! I love the idea of using a pom pom on a clothespin to paint! Brilliant! My guys will love that. :)

Mandi at BBM

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said... Best Blogger Tips

WOOT! These cutie patootie baby owls are being featured on this week's Sunday Showcase!

Can't wait to see what else you'll share on this week's linky - which goes live tomorrow afternoon!


Juf said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the idea! I just pinned it so I can try it with my first graders - we have an owl theme in my class at the moment.
Jacqueline (visiting from Red Ted)

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! I love the fluffy effect you got with the paint.

Brooke @ Let Kids Create said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable pictures! I love how many different elements there are to it also. I've got to go find that book, too!

Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare said... Best Blogger Tips

OMGosh! This craft is so adorable!

rainydaymum said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this book and what a great way to use a different method of painting.

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Little Crafter saw these over my shoulder at one of the parties you linked up to and he's been insisting that we do this ever since! We read that book in storytime at the library about a month ago. I'd love for you to link this to the kid challenge party:

Little Wonders' Days said... Best Blogger Tips

This is an adorable project. Painting with a pom pom is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

THANK you for linking up some adorable craft activities with the Afterschool Blog Hop. I am a huge fan of owls and these are just too cute! I'm thinking of figuring out a way for my 5 year old to do this project on a t-shirt so she can wear it!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I cannot help but LOVE your site! Thank you so much for giving out many wonderful craft ideas. I would have NO idea what to do with my twins and another set of twins. They are all 5 yrs old going on 6 later this Fall with starting Kindergarten. And these crafts are come in handy and so helpful along the way! Once again, thank you! Diana

Braggin' Rights Bath & Spa said... Best Blogger Tips

These are adorable! Thank you for the "Mingle With Me" Blog Hop, I love exploring new blogs!

Cindy deRosier said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your adorable owls! You can see them here:

If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

Sofia Tsimari said... Best Blogger Tips

soupeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer...... soupeeeeeeeeeeeeeer.........kiss from GREECE

totschooltotallyawesome said... Best Blogger Tips

I told you, didn't I; that I was searching your blog for inspiration to do some crafts on the books I bought the other day (Instagram, remember?) Thank you for inspiring me! I linked to your Little Blue Truck post and I am right now doing a post in which I will link to this! It is so so nice! Esp. love the boys version of it :)