Exploring Owls Art Project and Learning Unit

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We have been having fun exploring owls and creating an owl art project and a learning unit for young children.

Owl Art Project

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Owls are a favorite animal with the younger set. After all, they are pretty cute and the way they silently fly and rotate their heads is amazing. Since the kids were interested in owls we decided to have fun learning all about them and making an owl art project.

Read some books about owls!

First, we read some books. Some of our favorites are
The Littlest Owl – “…the perfect story for any child who is a little nervous about venturing too far from home.”
Owl Babies– “A tender tale to remind the youngest of children that Mommy always comes back.”
Owl Moon by Jane Yolan – “a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind’s close relationship to the natural world.”

Introduce the children to doing research.

We also did some Research for Kids online. We found some great sites for exploring owls. We learned about the Great Horned Library at the San Diego Zoo. We found some great information on Snowy Owls at National Geographic. But my favorite virtual field trip was to was to the Barn Owl Trust. They have a wealth of information about Barn Owls and a variety of activities and resources for kids. They inspired us to look into having our own owl nesting box. Then it was time to do an owl art project.

Exploring Owls Art Project and Learning Unit

Materials for the Owl Art Project:

Owl Art Project

Instructions for the Owl Art Project:

  1. Paint the canvas. Try to stick with monochromatic colors. We used green and white to make different shades of green. Allow the canvas time to dry.
  2. Draw an owl on the colored paper or download our Owl Template and have the kids trace that.
  3. Have the kids cut out the owl body and the different owl body parts.
  4. Glue the feathers, beaks, wings, eyes onto the owl body. Extend the activity by putting numbers on the feathers and have the kids glue them on in order, make the feathers different colors and have the kids make a pattern. Allow time for the art project to dry.
  5. Use the Modge Podge to adhere the owls to the canvas. Cover the surface with the mod podge to make a “lacquered” finish. We used white glue because we didn’t have mod podge around.

Tell a story about your owl art project! Act it out!

MORE OWL ART PROJECTS FOR KIDS

SheKnows has 20 adorable owl crafts for kids. Kids can practice their writing and drawing skills by with a tutorial on how to draw an owl. Perhaps you want to do a whole unit on owls if so, you can find a wealth of owl themed resources online.

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Owl Art Project

28 Comments


  1. I love the use of bright colours in this project! Thanks for linking up to It’s Friday We’re in Love.

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  2. How fun!! Owls have never gone out of style, it seems. This would be perfect for a weekend project! 🙂

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  3. I love that you mounted the owls on a canvas. What a nice keepsake! Thank you for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty! Looking forward to seeing you back next week.

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  4. Love the owl theme! My little guy is totally into owls these days 🙂 Thanks for linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

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    1. Thank you for hosting the Manic Mondays blog hop!

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  5. Great ideas! I have also seen some really cute owls with eyes made from cardboard egg cartons! That could be incorporated if desired.

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    1. Thanks for the idea!

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  6. This is so lovely! I love the idea of reading a book and then creating something beautiful. My son already like to draw while I read to him, but it doesn’t always pertain to the book 🙂 We will have to do this!

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    1. I think it’s lovely that your boy likes to draw. It sounds like you have a budding artist!

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  7. I think all 3 of mine would have fun with this one, despite the 18mo to 6yr age range. Keeper!

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    1. I hope they do. I think this is an art project that can be adapted for all age ranges.

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  8. Omg I love these owls!!! I’ve been on such an owl kick lately. Hoping it rubs off on my daughter because there is so much cute owl toddler stuff out there lol

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    1. I would like to see what you could do with owl decorations. 🙂

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  9. So funny. My twins love hoot hoots too 😉 love this project.

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  10. I love owls! We just had an owl paying us a surprise visit during my daughters birthday party and it was amazing.

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    1. That’s so lucky, Nicole! I wish we had an owl visit.

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  11. Those owls are adorable! My middle baby loves owls and that’s her bedroom theme! I definitely will be making these with the kiddos and hanging them up in their rooms!

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    1. That’s great that it will go with your decor!

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  12. These turned out so cute! My daughter loves owls, so these would be a hit in my house! (& I think I have all the supplies!!)

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    1. Thanks! Why do kids like owls so much? Because they really do. 🙂

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  13. So cute! I am going to make that owl craft with my kids soon!

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    1. Send us a picture. We would love to see what your kids create!

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