Snowy Owls: Book and Craft

By January 25, 2017Parkland Players

January is almost over and we can’t believe how quickly it went by! Our theme for the month was winter animals. Children were doing a number of activities to explore this topic and learn more about the animals that thrive in snowy and colder climates. So, before January truly comes to an end, we thought we would share a fun craft!

This activity goes best alongside the book “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson. For a video reading of the book visit: but we recommend reading the actual book as it is a good way to practice literacy skills and the illustrations of the forest scenery are quite beautiful. After reading the book you can begin the craft. The idea is to recreate one of the scenes in the story. You can pick whichever scene you like, or match the one above. Here’s what you will need to do!


  • Black construction paper
  • Brown construction paper (this can also just be white paper painted brown, or even use a brown lunch bag!)
  • Orange construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • White acrylic paint
  • Large pom-pom
  • Clothespin


  1. Start with your black construction paper. This part is up to you how you want to make it look like the scenery in the book. Some suggestions include painting on some glitter glue to make it look like a starry sky, or colouring with pastels to add some forest foliage.
  2. Next, make a tree branch out of brown paper. Draw lines and swirls on it to make it look like a wood texture. You can even crumple and uncrumple it for further effect before gluing it on the bottom of your black construction paper background.
  3. Now here is the fun part. Put a pom pom (you could also use a cotton ball) in a clothespin and use this as your paint brush! This is good for fine motor and sensory abilities. Dip the pom pom in white paint and dab it on the paper to make the shapes of three owl babies!
  4. Finally glue on eyes by cutting out ciricles of brown, then black, then white paper in that size order from largest to smallest. And a triangle out of orange paper for the beak. (Note: you could also substitute googly eyes here if you have them.)
  5. And that’s it! A snowy owl scene! Discuss with children any questions they have about snowy owls.



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