Our Own Owl Pinecone Craft

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!

This is the littlest owl he made. My son fell asleep with it the evening he and I made it.
This is the littlest owl he made. My son fell asleep with it the evening he and I made them.

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!!

The Note Booking Fairy's owl pages were perfect for spelling practice prep as well.
The Note Booking Fairy’s owl pages were perfect for spelling practice prep as well.

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..”imageimage

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.


Owl Word Families

After-school learning for my son has to be interesting and usually hands on.  So, I try to incorporate themes of high interest into every subject.  This year he is in first grade.  At the beginning of this year his class is learning how to spell words in word families.  This particular week the spelling words are from the “it” family and we are covering one of his favorite birds the OWL.  I searched the Internet for FREE OWL themed word family printable s and activities to no avail!  I mean, I saw Tons of wonderful word family activities from all my favorite bloggers but nothing owlish.  Then I search through gobs of owl activities and printable s but nothing about word families.  The solution had to be to come up with a whole new owl word family on my own or spend money on printables that could only be used few times.  I decided to do this:

     First, I drew a picture of an owl on cardstock (which I later copied and used for several other activities).


Next, I cut two slits about half an inch apart and the length of a toilet paper roll into the drawing.  I put the slits on the body of the owl but you can put them anywhere on the card stock picture.


     My son usually doesn’t like to color with crayons but this was an OWL!!  He took extra care to color in the lines.


     Then, I cut a tp roll in two parts, one part just a tad bit longer than the other.  I also had to trim the roll more for it fit within the slits easily.  It needed to spin without causing the paper to tear.  Now my son was able to paint the roll parts.          


     We let the the rolls dry.  After they were dry, I helped him tape the rolls end’s together.  All that was left to do was to write the word family ending “it” on one of the rolls and consonant beginnings on the other roll.  Wah La!! He had his OWL word family activity to use again and again. 


If you would like to try this for yourself there are many sources for FREE OWL COLORING PAGES out there.  Here is a link to one of my favorite bloggers.