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 - 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: 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.
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
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
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.
Learning Activities to conduct before craft
Shapes & Colors Activity: 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.
- Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the
hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)
- 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.
The template has a small illustration of the finished owl craft to help children have an idea of how it looks when assembled.
- Glue smaller hearts inside larger hearts for head & body
- Glue two head hearts on body
- Glue eyes
- Glue beak
- Glue feet behind body
- Optional: glue wings & paste a few craft feathers
Other options, decorations and ideas:
- Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration
- 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.
- 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 length 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.
Activity > Science and Social Studies: Learning about
Animal facts and various activities (off-line and online) Ages 2.5+
Activity > Alphabet > Letter O is for Owl
Owl or Owlet Craft
Below Options holidays & events
Hat & diploma
Teacher | Child Care Provider
Appreciation or Back to School
Apple, leaf, & heart template
Black & White
Valentine's Day, Mother's Day
Grandparent's Day Theme
Heart Balloon Template
Color with text
for Halloween or to depict the owl is generally nocturnal
Owl Printable Activities