One of my favorite books to read to my kids when they were young was Owl Babies. Such a sweet story and I am delighted that we have chosen Owls and the book for our last theme for October for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Please do check out the next two months of themes and make sure that you are in our Facebook Group to get some extra activities and suggestions and check out the end of the post for this week’s lesson plan from the co-hosts. This is a simple to set up shape activity and we loved it, combing color recognition, shape, and sorting.
Materials needed for this Owl Babies Shape Activity
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 color 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 color 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
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Virtual Book Club for Kids Weekly Theme
The Virtual Book Club for Kids is a weekly book themed series hosted by Toddler Approved, The Educators’ Spin On It, myself and a variety of co-hosts. Each week we have chosen a popular theme for 2 to 5-year-olds and our favourite picture book and providing you with a variety of hands-on activities created by us to use with the theme and book. Don’t forget you can join our book based activities list newsletter and get weekly updates and ideas as well as join our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group.
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 Babies Shape Activity for Preschoolers – You Are Here
Owl Themed Arts, Crafts, and Sensory Activities
Owl Babies Sponge Painting from Adventure of Adam
Owl Themed Science Activities
Owl Eye Sight 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