Following on from this week's theme of Owls for the Virtual Book Club for Kids and the Owl Babies Shape Activity we've got a recycled sweater Owl Babies craft that is easy for kids and adults alike to make, cuddly, and absolutely adorable! Read on for simple directions. If you haven't read the Owl Babies book then add this to your book wish list; it is such a sweet story for tots and you to read together.
Materials for Making Recycled Sweater Owl Babies
An old sweater
Making your Recycled Sweater Owl Babies
Pick a sweater that looks like it might make a good owl. Sketch and cut two of the body/head. You can see my original basic shape in the photo below, but for the baby owl we ended up removing the horns and rounded the head instead after we got a better look at the book's illustrations. I kept the horned part like you see here for the Mommy owl that I made the same way in brown [not shown because the puppy got hold of it before I could snap a photo.]
Now cut out your eyes and beak from the felt. Stitch them onto one side of the pieces you just cut out. Even a young child can do this under supervision - but never leave a child unattended with a needle! An older child might also like to hot glue them on instead if there are no siblings who still put things in their mouths.
Turn the body/head pieces, right sides facing, and sew them together. Leave about an inch at the bottom of the body for stuffing. Turn your owl baby right way out again.
You can either use toy stuffing for your owl babies craft, or you can use cut up scraps of sweater left over from the project like we did.
Fold in the raw edges at the bottom of your owl and stitch them closed.
Ways you could use this Owl Babies craft to extend the activity:
-Have your child re-tell the story using the toy you just made.
-Ask them why the babies are white but Mommy is brown. What could be a reason?
-Talk about why Mommy owl left the babies alone. Do human mommies do this?
-Make up a whole new story about the Owl Babies. Use the toy you made and act it out with your child.
-Discuss what owls eat. Do we share any food likes with them? Make an "owl meal" (our food but re-named to be owl favorites). Eat with your "talons"!
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