What You Need:
- Construction paper (black, brown, yellow, orange, red)
- Glue stick
- White gel pen
What You Do:
- Have your child lay a piece of brown construction paper horizontally on a table. Ask her to take the edges of the sides of the paper and have them meet in the center, then fold them in place, creasing the edges with her fingernail.
- Repeat this process with a sheet of black construction paper. But this time, have her cut off the two edge pieces and glue the center piece in the center of the brown folded paper.
- Ask her to draw and cut out a large oval from the red paper for the body of her owl. Then, have her cut off both ends of the oval.
- Cut out a smaller oval from the orange paper. Fold this oval in half lengthwise and cut down the fold to create two wings.
- While orange paper is still out, ask her to cut out a triangle shape for the top head and beak of her owl.
- Now, encourage her to cut out three pairs of circles. The largest circles are brown, medium circles are yellow, and smallest circles are black. Go ahead and glue the black and yellow circles to the brown circle base to create the owl's eyes.
- Have her assemble her owl and glue it in place.
- Ask her to cut out a circle from the yellow construction paper to create the moon, and glue it in place.
- Fold the flaps of the card closed. Have her use a pencil to show how much of the owl she would like to reveal when the card is closed. Have her cut along the pencil marks to create an opening in the tree.
- Finally, ask her to use the gel pen to draw lines down the tree, as many as she likes, to create a bark pattern.
Owls are amazing animals. They are nocturnal, and for the most part, solitary. When you spot an owl, you should feel lucky. In many world cultures, owls symbolize wisdom and are considered to be guardians of the afterlife. Members of many Native American tribes often wore owl feathers in important rituals in an effort to ward off malicious spirits.