Thursday, April 21, 2011

Once Upon A Book ~ Owl Babies


image Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Summary:  Baby owls become worried when their mommy owl goes to look for some food.  They sit around trying to reassure each other until their mother returns.

Bible Verse:  “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” (Mathew 6: 27-31)

Video:  The boys thought it would be fun if we read Owl Babies to you.  It will give you a little insight into our homeschooling life, filled with numerous distractions and runny noses!

Crafts:  Owl Babies



  • 3 toilet paper rolls
  • brown paint
  • yellow and brown or black construction paper
  • 2-6 google eyes, depending on how many owls you make
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • paint brush


1.  Prepare your work area and supplies.  We like to paint on our Tot Trays.  You will need to cut out a beak and a set of wings.


2.  Give your Tot paint, a paint brush, and a toilet paper roll.  Have them paint the toilet paper roll brown and all it to completely dry.


3.  Fold the top left and right side of the toilet paper roll toward each other.


Until it looks like this, with stiff peaks for the owl’s ears.


4.  Now give your owl some personality.  Slather a glob of glue onto the owl and help your child place the eyes, beak, and wings in the appropriate places on your owl.


5.  If you have old children, have them make the two other owls, as your Toddler might get worn out making the craft.  Encourage everyone to reenact the story. 


    • To do this, I drew a tree on a manila folder and my eldest son colored it in. 


    • This became an enchanted place where Sarah, Percy, and Bill came alive!


To see a variation of this craft, visit Frugal Family Fun.  

Craft:  Felt Owl (Gabe said it was the Mommy Owl.)



  • colored felt
  • scissors
  • glue


1.  Cut out the various parts for your owl.  To see the parts of the owl, head on over to Danielle’s Place for this and other owl crafts.  You will need a body, wings, various sizes of circles, a beak, and talons. 


2.  For this craft, I placed glue on the felt and had Gabe pat it down.


You could glue a magnet to the back and place it on your refrigerator or turn it into a money case! 

Websites:  For extra learning, we visited National Geographic for Kids and watched a video on the Snowy Owl.  Accidentally, we stumbled upon another video regarding night owls.  This second video received an abundance of, “That’s so cool!” due to several scenes of an owl finding his dinner.  (Just wanted to warn you!)

Want to see what's coming next (and books we've done in the past)? Click here to see our Once Upon a Book webpage!

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Jdaniel4smom said...

What a wonderful way to teach this lesson!

Welcometoourwonderland said...

fun crafts for a wonderful book

Liz said...

You've been awarded!

Eddie from The Usual Mayhem said...

Just to let you know, there's an "Owl Cam" with live feed of two barn owls and their young that your kids might enjoy seeing. My preschool sidekick, in particular, is fascinated.

Angela said...

Hi. I looked at this book with my daughter last year when we were making a lapbook on owls: . I like the idea of bringing in the Bible verse on not worrying, though - I didn't think of that.

Vicki Saley said...

This is such a darling book. I'm decorating my son's nursery with owls and just bought this book last week. My older kids have loved it already. Your TP owls are cute and a great craft for kids and I really like the folder used as a back drop. This could be done for a variety of stories. Thanks for sharing.