This easy owl craft for preschoolers is a great addition to any lesson on this special creature. Adding a hands-on activity is the perfect way to really engage kiddos. Or just make it for the pure fun of it…there’s never anything wrong with that. The best thing about this craft is that beyond the basic shape, all else is up for grabs. The colors, designs, etc. are all up to you. The only limit is your imagination.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 7 Large popsicle sticks
- Elmer’s glue (or Glue Dots)
- Paint (color of your choice)
- Medium pompom
- Construction paper
- Glue stick
- Owl craft template
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Owl Craft Instructions
Step 1: Create the Frame
- Line up 5 large popsicle sticks in an arrow type formation, with the center one being tallest.
- Run a line of Elmer’s glue all down another popsicle stick and lay it diagonally across the 5 popsicle sticks you have positioned.
- Do the same again with another popsicle stick.
- It will look like the formation in the picture below.
- Give the glue some time to dry.
*You may want to complete this step the day before and let it dry overnight. OR you can use Glue Dots instead of Elmer’s glue to eliminate wait time all together.
Step 2: Paint the Owl Craft
- Lay out some newspaper to cover the work surface.
- Squeeze out some paint in the color of your choice.
- Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Paint the side of the popsicle stick formation without the diagonal braces.
- Give the paint some time to dry while you move on to step 3.
Step 3: Use the FREE Owl Craft Template
- Print the free owl craft template
- Then use it to cut the pieces for your owl craft out of construction paper. The colors are up to you, except for the small circles, which should be white since they are the centers of the owl’s eyes.
Step 4: Add Some Details
- Glue the small circles into the center of the large circles for the owl’s eyes.
- Then use your markers to add some details to the wings and eyes.
Step 5: Put Together Your Popsicle Stick Owl Craft
- Now it’s time to put the pieces of your owl together.
- Once the paint has dried, use the glue stick to attach the eyes, beak and wings of your easy owl craft for preschoolers.
Step 6: Finish Off Your Animal Craft
- Finally, use your markers to add some details to the rest of your owl craft.
Tips for Crafting with a Group of Preschoolers
If you want to make this owl craft with your preschool classroom, there may be some adjustments that you need to make. First, be sure to pre-assemble the popsicle stick base so that there is no wait time for the glue to dry. Preschoolers are not known for their patience (LOL). And if you do not want to bother with the messiness of paint, you can use paint sticks instead, which often dry in about 90 seconds or so. Or don’t paint at all and just leave the popsicle sticks plain.
Finally, the small circles may be difficult for little ones to cut out. Instead, use large googly eyes or purchase 2 circle punches to make the circles for the eyes. This may be something that you already have in your classroom, and if not, they are a great investment. Using punches is a fun way to work on hand strength.
And, as always, when making a craft with preschoolers, allow them to be as independent as possible. Only step in when it is absolutely necessary or when teaching a new skill that may be best taught with some hand over hand help to start. When we step in and do it for them we are only teaching them that they can’t. So, resist the urge to over-help please. If you have particularly busy preschoolers, check out this article for crafting with high energy kiddos.
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