Good-Night Owl flannel board

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This flannel board is based on the book Good-Night Owl by Pat Hutchins.  This is a wonderful classic story and lends itself very well to a group story time.  It is very interactive with the children able to help make all the animal noises that are keeping owl awake.  And the repeating line “And owl tried to sleep” is something that the children can  say each time.

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I used the book close to as it is written.  The only thing I changed was I did one bird for each species instead of the pairs the author has for some.   I began with the intention of just making a simple quick flannel board with a simple bird shape but then found the website Downeast Thunder Farm with her amazing patterns to make felt ornaments.  The amount of bird species she has on here is wonderful and I was able to find most of the birds I needed.  For the ones she didn’t have I substituted a different bird that was similar.  I love the way the birds look so realistic.  Here is my before and after of my original owl and then the one I made from the Downeast Thunder Farm pattern.  What a difference!!!

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And here is closeup of all the animals that made a racket in the tree from the squirrel cracking nuts to the cuckoo calling.   The children had such a fun time making all the fun noises and helping to repeat the line “And owl tried to sleep”.

img_4384.jpgThis was such a fun flannel board to make and use.  I am looking forward to sharing it many more times with classes.  For more activities I did with the Owl story time click HERE.

Owl Storytime

No better time than November to have the story time theme be Owls.  Such a fun one with lots of options to choose from.

Mystery Bag Opening (for the kindergarten group)

Clue #1 – It can fly.

Clue #2 – Starts with the letter O (discuss sounds O makes)

Clue #3 – It sleeps at night.

Book –  Owl Babies

There are so many great owl book choices but I can never resist this one.  The children love to chime in each time Bill cries out “I want my mommy”.

Movement #1 – Scarves

I gave each child 2 scarves this time, which is a treat in itself since they usually only get one.  We practiced using the scarves as wings to fly like an owl.

Then we did this fun song with the scarf wings.

Just Like an Owl
(to the tune of “London Bridge”)

Flap your wings and fly around,
fly around, fly around.
Flap your wings and fly around.
Just like an owl.

Other Verses:
Open your eyes big and wide…
Land on the ground and hop along
Turn your head and say “hoo hoo!”

song credit to Literary Hoots

Flannel Board – Good-night Owl

Children always enjoy this story immensely.  It is so interactive with them being able to help with all the animal sounds along with the line “And owl tried to sleep.”

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click HERE to see more details about making this flannel story

Fingerplay – Two Little Owls

I just revised “Two Little Blackbirds” to fit with our owl theme

2 little owls sitting on a hill

1 named Jack and 1 named Jill (Hold up 1 finger on each hand for each owl)

Fly away Jack (Fly one hand behind back)

Fly away Jill (Fly other hand behind back)

Come back Jack (Fly back hand)

Come back Jill (Fly back other hand)

Craft – Envelope Owl Puppet

Found this cute project at I Heart Crafty Things

Super easy and fun.  I decided to focus on cutting skills for my kindergarten class on this project.  I sealed the envelope ahead of time and drew a line near the bottom for them to cut the hand opening.

Then they cut the circle in half for the 2 wings.

Then they glued on the wings, beak and wiggle eyes.

They used markers to add fun decorations.  We discussed wiggle lines, dots, zig zags as some possible design elements.

The puppet feature of this one was certainly popular with the kids and added a unique element to the project.