Our Own Owl Babies Pinecone Craft…..
We love RED TED ART!! My son likes to scroll through their gorgeous art projects to find the ones he would like to try. A week or so ago he and I were doing just that when he came upon their Pinecone Owl Craft. He chose this one and a new theme was born here at The Afterschool House! It’s been Owls with every first grade subject for almost 2 weeks now, even in speech!
My son has had a wonderful time these past days learning about owls with his Afterschool work. So, I thought I’d share how we incorporated the owl theme.
We started of course with the book “Owl Babies” but we didn’t own the book. Instead he and I watched readings of this book and many other “cute” owl books geared for his reading compression level. Here are a few he enjoyed….
This one is more a first reader : “Owl At Home” by Arnold Lobel
After he had his fill of story books we moved on to making the Owl Babies pine cones like this…
The pine cones in this area are very thin, not fat like Fir trees. We compensated for the three thin cones by attaching them with glue to card stock that I cut out in the shape of a regular fat pinecone.
Next, my son stuffed all three cones with cotton balls by gluing small pieces of cotton inside and around the cones. He added two whole squarish looking cotton balls to the tops of the paper to form each owls head.
While the glued cones dried a bit, I traced a dime and cut out yellow eyes using zig-zag craft scissors.
All there was left to do was color in the BIG pupils of the Baby owls.
Aren’t they CUTE!!!?
We didn’t stop there. First graders are also expected to be able to write about what they read. So, we headed to the library to find owl books to read and write about. Over the summer I created several simple story maps for reading/writing retell practice, but now he needed a smaller lined owl themed notebook paper. First Graders will learn how to write nonfiction detail sentences. While at the library, I printed some Owl themed notebook paper from The Note Booking Fairy. He then practiced writing and formulating sentences about key details from the books we read together. The round up of books I’ll save for another post because WE’VE READ ALOT OF OWL BOOKS!!
He also used a few last minute pages I made using his Ipad for even MORE writing practice. These we used to write about “What Owl’s EAT” and even to make up his own fictional story about “The Tired Old Owl..”
These activities were originally intended to be wrote nearly two weeks ago (we have been busy owl’s!). Since then, I’ve discovered my sons interest in owls is going to be a long standing one. Hence, the next blog “Owl’s For Every 1st Grade subject!”…..Even Speech! You won’t want to miss this one! Hope to see you there.