Handprint Owl Craft
Ages 2 years+, adult supervision and assistance needed
Whooo whooo! Owls have fascinating features such as their large eyes and flat face, ability to turn their heads up to 270 degrees, and being farsighted to help them hunt. A group of owls is called a parliament and they fly quietly compared to other predatory birds. Most hunt small mammals, insects, some birds and even fish!
Here’s a simple owl craft that gets its wings from the hands of the artist—a guaranteed keepsake. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy coloring the body and hands. Encourage older children to add life-like details to their creation.
Owl body template, construction paper, scissors, glue or tape, crayons or markers
- Print the owl body template (Owl body template)
- Color and cut out the owl body.
- Trace children’s hands on the construction paper. To simplify, fold the paper in half to trace and cut just once.
- Color the hands if desired and glue or tape to the owl’s body.
Owl Memory / Matching Game
Whoo doesn’t love owls? This memory / matching game has printable cards featuring various owl species. Just print* and cut for a fun game for kids and adults. We could all use a little training for our memory muscles.
Once the cards are printed and cut into individual cards, lay them face down in rows. Each player takes a turn, turning 2 cards face up to reveal the owls. If the cards match, the player keeps the pair and the next player takes a turn. If they are not a match, the cards are turned face down and the next player takes a try turning two cards face up. Try to remember which owl is on each card to make the match on your next turn.
For toddlers and preschoolers, have fun matching, counting, and making observations. For elementary school students, try racing each other to find the most matches and sharing facts about owls and their habitats.
*Printing on cardstock would be best but regular paper works just as well. After you are done playing, you can store the memory game in a plastic zip-lock baggie or other small pouch.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OWLS
Check out this article on owl flight that includes 3 different owl sounds: