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Owl Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities


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Alphabet > Letter O > O is for Owl 

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* June > Teacher Appreciation
*Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

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* Learn about owls
* Online jigsaw puzzles > Owl

A note to parents/educators:

Please review and adjust any part of these activities to conform to cultural and/or religious beliefs associated with the owl.  The owl may symbolize or represent something altogether different in another culture or religion from what is expressed in these activities.

When writing the activities and designing the owl craft it was meant to focus on positive and contemporary messages such as:  

1.  The owl is a beautiful creature that can represent or symbolize  -- wisdom, the arts, literacy, the love of learning, reading, facilitating knowledge, educational goals and achievements, such as graduation and the role of a teacher, coach or instructor.  

2.  The owl is an important member and contributor in wildlife.

For a wealth of information about owls as they relate to lore and culture, please visit

**The Owl Pages - Lore and Culture** 

The owl in contemporary children's literature, is often depicted in a similar way, such as these characters:  Owl in A.A. Milne's Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Owl in Maurice Sendak's Little Bear, and many others.  

During these activities children can learn some basic facts about this bird, enjoy an easy printable craft,  practice letter O and other fun activities related to special themes and occasions such as:

**Birds, Desert, Endangered Animals (some species of owls are endangered), Farm (Barn owl) Forest Animal, Rainforest and bird special events listed in themes column. 

** Valentine's Day:  The heart theme owl craft 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 graduation hat.

** 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.

Review the activities, printable materials, theme accessories for the craft and learning links below to decide on what sequence or materials works best for your needs.

Activity: Science and Social Studies: Learning about Owls: Animal Facts and various activities (offline and online) Ages 2.5+

1. Encourage a discussion and dialogue:  Ask the children what do they know about owls.   Proceed to discuss some basic facts for young children:
  * Owls are birds.  Why? The most important characteristic to distinguish a bird from other animal types/classes is FEATHERS.  Ask and review define other basic characteristics of birds.   Hatch from eggs, many can fly, beaks or bills, and make nests.  For basic review of bird characteristics visit:  KidZone.ws - Bird Facts.   The basic parts of the bird:  head, beak or bill, chest, tail , wings, legs - demonstrate these in one of the realistic owl images in the link below or use this owl coloring page and label the parts (insert in a transparent page protector - and use dry erase markers so children can participate and come to help to identify the parts).  

 *  Owls are birds of prey - raptors   (great images of owls here)

*  Generally nocturnal - active at night (the craft can be used to depict a nocturnal scene)  

 *  Great eyesight and hearing.

Owls at Wikipedia.org

Alphabet Activity:  Letter O o is for Owl Activities
Present letter O Owl printable materials and activities

Activity:  Owl Printable Craft
Select a printable craft in the owl theme. 

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 activity:

1.  Homemade Puzzle:  For reinforcement, print a coloring page with a large owl coloring page  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.

Online Jigsaw Puzzles:  Owl
Skill:  Problem solving, bilingual English and Spanish
Here is an online puzzle the children will enjoy with a fun owl image.  The default puzzle is 6 pieces.  Click on the change cut button to change shape and number of pieces.

Make sure to include story time.

Alphabet Letter O Owl Printable Activities

Select an owl craft

Hearts Owl Printable Craft
View Owl for different themes:
 Graduation Theme 
Hearts Owl Printable Craft - Graduation Theme
Teacher / Child Care Provider Appreciation or Back to School
Hearts Owl Printable Craft - Teacher - Back to School Theme

Valentine's Day  Mother's Day, Father's Day
Grandparent's Day Theme
Hearts Owl Printable Craft - St. Valentine's Day andother occasions

Night Owl Scene for Nocturnal Theme or Halloween
Night Owl
for Halloween or to depict the Owl is generally nocturnal

Online jigsaw puzzle

Owl Generic Coloring Pages

*paper, construction paper or paper stock
*glue or glue stick
*something to color with

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