The Owl Babies story is about 3 owl babies, Sarah, Percy and Bill, who worry about their mother while she is gone on her night flight. It’s a really simple story. My kids got a kick out of Bill because he says “I miss my Mommy” throughout the entire story and I said it in a pouty voice every time which made them chuckle.
One of my favorite ways to craft after reading a book is by simply re-creating a scene in the story. We focused on the cover of the book. Below is how my artwork turned out.
Normally I post pictures with my tutorials but I was so absorbed in doing the craft with my boys that I literally forgot to get out the camera. I know, RARE for me, but I have to admit it was great just creating and not worrying so much about getting a photo of every step. So below is the low down on our craft.
Supplies you will need:
- black cardstock paper
- brown lunch sack
- black marker
- glue stick
- white acrylic paint
- large pom-pom
- small paper plate
- small paper bowl
- gold glitter glue
- circular foam brush
- yellow crayon
- brown, black, white and orange construction paper
1. We started out with a black sheet of card stock paper. I wanted the background to look like there were stars so I poured some gold glitter glue in a paper bowl and diluted it down so the glitter wasn’t so concentrated. Then we used a circle foam brush to dab all over the page to create stars.
2. While the glitter glue dried, we tore off a piece of brown paper to use as our branch for the owls to sit on. I happened to have a piece of brown packaging paper so we used that, but any piece of brown paper would do. If I wouldn’t have had the packaging paper I honestly would have used a brown paper lunch bag. We kind of crinkled up the paper a little to make it look more real.
3. After gluing the branch on the bottom of our paper, we each used a black marker to create lines and knots in our wood. I thought the boys did such a good job with this, I was really impressed!
4. To paint our owls we used a pom-pom attached to a clothespin for a brush. We dabbed the brush into white paint and onto our paper. We tried to make them small, medium and large, just like in the story. My youngest son got a little carried away with his largest owl, but I can’t blame him really because it was so fun painting with the pom-pom. 🙂
5. Before we started the project I had pre-cut circles for the eyes and triangles for the nose to glue on. The brown circles were 1″ diameter, black circles were 1/2″ diameter, and the white circle is just a hole punch. I could have easily just had the kids cut out their own circles with the paper but since there were so many different steps involved I didn’t want them to get too burned out and bored with the craft so I did it in advance.
6. After the white paint was dry we glued on the eyes and nose.
7. We finished by using a yellow crayon to draw a moon in our picture.