One of my favourite books to read to my kids when they were young was Owl Babies and our favourite children’s poem is The Owl and The Pussycat.
Such a sweet story and I am delighted that we have chosen Birds and these books as our feature for Rainy Day Tots.
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Owl Babies Book of the Week for Preschoolers
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Owl Babies by Martin Waddell has been one of our favourite books to read together when my kids were preschoolers. We loved how it looked at the fears and separation anxiety that little ones have both in the middle of the night and when their parents aren’t around.
When my daughter was a preschooler it was one of the ways that we supported her with separation anxiety leaving her at preschool for the first time.
Owl Babies Shape Game
This game was a lot of fun to make and my god-daughter and I (pictured) had fun playing it. We worked on 2D shapes and different colours as we played together
Check out these other ideas for shape games:
- Gingerbread Man Shapes
- 3 Little Pigs Shape Houses
- Pumpkin Shape Game
- Pancake Toss Shape Game
- Yarn Shape Tracing Activity
Materials needed for this Owl Babies Maths Game
Preparation for Owl Babies Hands-on Shape Activity
Print out and cut out the Baby Owls. I laminated them to make them a little harder wearing but if you print on strong cardstock this wouldn’t be necessary.
Take the paper bag and roll it into a nest for the owl babies to sit in.
Playing with the owl babies
Review the different 2D shapes with your child – H knew Circle, Triangle, Square, but Oval, Rectangle, and Hexagon were new shapes for her.
As this activity works from the first shapes that children will learn to recognize through to the expectations at the end of foundation stage in the UK (Kindergarten in the US) you can choose whether to work with all 6 shapes or pick just a couple to work with.
Place the babies in the nest. Pick an owl baby to fly to it’s Mother Owl.
Ask your child to identify the colour of the owl baby and then the shape. With the shape once identified talk a little using some shape language like the number of sides, whether the sides are the same size or different.
Now challenge your child to find either another owl baby the same colour or with the same shape.
Having oval and circle, and square and rectangle is interesting as some children can identify the differences immediately and others need to be taught by looking at them in more detail.
Owl Themed Books for you Book Basket
I know many of you enjoy our book-themed posts each week and with them, I like to provide a few extra books that you can add to your book basket as well along the same theme. Here are our suggestions this week.
Our Featured Book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Other Owl Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
- Peek-a-Who by Nina Laden
- The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy Cat by Julia Donaldson
- Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
More Owl Themed Activities for Preschoolers
Owl Themed Week Plan for Preschoolers at Home
Owl Themed Literacy Activities
Alphabet Roll and Colour from Sea of Knowledge
Owl Babies Book Craft and Alphabet Activity from Mosswood Connection
Pre-writing Craft for Kids: Scratch Art Owl from School Time Snippets
Preschool Name Writing Activity from Craft Create Calm
Printable Owl Themed Alphabet Game from The Educators Spin On It
Owl Themed Maths Activities
Owl Babies Counting Activity from Clare’s Little Tots
Owl’s Day Ordering Activity from My Storytime Corner
Owl Counting Playdough Mats from Preschool Powol Packets
Feathery Owls Colour Matching Activity from To Be a Kid Again
Help the Owl Babies find their nests from Mama Smiles
Owl Babies Colourful Shape Art from Toddler Approved
Owl Themed Arts, Crafts, and Sensory Activities
Owl Babies Sponge Painting from Adventure of Adam
Owl Themed Science Activities
Owl EyeSight STEM Activity from J Daniel4’s Mom
Build a Nest STEM Activity from Views From a Step Stool
Owl Themed Gross and Fine Motor Activities
Movement Tricks to Help Kids with Separation Anxiety from Sugar Aunts
Owl Puppets from Powerful Mothering