Do you have a favorite winter weather animal? The arctic fox? Big lumbering polar bear? Waddling penguin? All of the adorable fluffy creatures are one of the best times about this time of year. And this snowy owl craft portrays one of the absolute most beautiful creatures on the planet. Though this rendering is more adorable than regal. Happy crafting!
And while you are crafting with your kids, be sure to give them all kinds of positive affirmation so that they know they can do it! After all, kids learn best when they are DOING, not just watching or hearing. They learn through play and experience, and especially through failing. Really, that is how we all learn. We fall down, and we get back up again…each time stronger than the time before. Encourage your children to keep going, even when it gets a little challenging. Here are some ways to offer them affirmation…
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Black construction paper
- Brown construction paper
- White and gray paint
- Medium pompom
- Small pompom
- Paper plate
- Black Sharpie marker
- Glue stick
- Scraps of black, brown and yellow construction paper
- Half sheet of white construction paper
- 2 large googly eyes
- Pencil (optional)
- Elmer’s glue
This may seem like a long list for such a simple craft, but the good news is that you already have all of these items on hand if you have taken the time to prep your bag. Just use our FREE printable master list to fill up your bag, and you will be ready to make ANY project on this blog. Every single craft is made from the same master list. This unique approach allows you to actually find the time to craft with your kids with minimal time available, less mess, less prep and waaaaay less stress!
Step 1: Paint the Snowy Owl
- Optional: Roughly draw the head and body of the owl on the black paint (or you can just free-hand paint the owl in the following steps)
- Pinch the medium pompom with the clothespin to make a “paint brush”
- Squeeze some white paint onto the paper plate
- Get some white paint on the pompom and dab in the area of the head and body of the owl. Do not fill the areas too thoroughly so that it looks like a baby owl that is a little bit “fluffy”
- Pinch the smaller pompom with the clothespin and squeeze a little gray paint onto the plate
- Add some gray details onto the owl, such as some dots on the body and a some on the peak of the head
- Allow the paint to thoroughly dry. This shouldn’t take too long since you are putting on a thin layer.
Step 2: Add some Details
- Fold the white construction paper in half and cut a large raindrop shape for the owl’s wings. You can do this free-hand or draw it with a pencil first.
- Add a little bit of gray paint to the wings
- Glue the googly eyes on the yellow paper and cut out, leaving a little yellow around each eye
- Fold the scrap of black paper in half and cut a small beak
- Finally, glue the wings, beak and eyes in place
- *Feel free to add other details too if you would like. This is your project. Make it your own!
Step 3: Make the Tree
- Fold the vertical edges of the brown construction paper back approximately 1/2 an inch on each side
- Cut a circle or oval in the middle of the brown paper, big enough to see most of the snowy owl. After you cut the circle (or oval), hold it in front of the painted owl and trim it as needed.
- Draw some detail onto the tree, as much or as little as you want
- Use the glue stick on the tabs that you folded back to attach the tree trunk to the black paper, forming an 3D arc over the owl (See the picture)
- Cut a couple of mini branches from the scraps of brown paper and add them to your picture, adhering them with the glue stick
- *For little ones, help as much as you need to with the cutting. Toddlers can even participate in this craft if you precut the hole. They will love the stamp style painting and the gluing. Leave the scissors to the adults for this more advanced cutting of a shape (not just snipping).
Step 4: Add some snow (Optional)
- Pull a cotton ball apart to make it fluffy
- Put a little Elmer’s glue in the spots where you would like to add some snow
- Place the cotton on the glue