Owls are amazing birds! They are best known for their high-pitched screeches (calls), their silent flight, and nocturnal hunting habits. Along with bats and spiders, owls are a commonly associated with Halloween. Come learn about the owl’s life cycle and create easy Wikki Stix owl crafts that can be enjoyed throughout the year!
WIKKI STIX OWL LIFE CYCLE for KIDS
Learning about the life cycle of an owl is a great science exploration for kids! Creating an owl life cycle with Wikki Stix will make learning interesting, but it will also encourage creativity and fine motor skills!
• The female owl lays the eggs in a nest – usually between 5 and 8 eggs are laid by the mother.
• After approximately 35 days, the eggs hatch.
• A young owl is called an owlet.
• Adult owls live, on average, 35 years.
Materials needed for the Wikki Stix Owl Life Cycle Craft: White/Yellow/Brown/Black/Orange Wikki Stix, scissors, and mounting paper (any color).
Invite the children to divide the paper into four equal sections using two strands of Wikki Stix. The owl life cycle begins in the upper left hand corner. The kids can cut pieces of brown or yellow Wikki Stix to make a nest. The eggs are created from white Wikki Stix balls or spirals.
In the upper right hand corner, the children can make an egg shape from white Wikki Stix spirals (our kids used 2 white Wikki Stix for the 2 eggs). The children can use brown or black Wikki Stix to create the “crack in the egg.” If desired, the children can add yellow eyes or other features to the “hatchling” stage of the life cycle.
The owlet is created and placed in the lower right hand corner of the life cycle. The young owl is created with a brown Wikki Stix background, yellow spiraled eyes (with black centers from Wikki Stix balls), and an orange triangle beak. There is no wrong or right way to create the owlet! Let the kids create and explore design with their Wikki Stix. It’s fun to see all the different owlet designs the children make!
The adult owl is created from a large brown Wikki Stix spiral (owl’s body), yellow eyes/black center, an orange beak, and orange Wikki Stix talons (see photo above).
OWL LIFE CYCLE SEQUENCING CARDS
For more owl life cycle practice, download and print the sequencing cards (linked here – Download owl life cycle cards PDF file here) and have the children cut out each card. Laminate the cards or cover with clear contact paper for durability.
Lay the cards face down on a table or on the floor. Invite the children to choose a card and place it in the correct life cycle order in the blank boxes.
Extension Activity: Print two copies of the cards and invite the children to play a matching game. Lay all the cards out (face down) on a table or the floor. Have the children choose two cards at a time to try to locate a matching pair. If a pair in not found, the cards are turned face down again. Play continues until all the matching cards are located.
WIKKI STIX OWL CRAFTS for Kids to CREATE
CARDBOARD TUBE OWLS
Materials needed: one cardboard tube per craft, yellow construction paper, scissors, a stapler, and yellow/brown/black/orange Wikki Stix.
Have the children cover the cardboard tube with yellow construction paper and staple in place. At the top of the tube, fold one side in toward the middle of the tube. The opposite side can then be folded toward the center to create the owl “ears.”
The owl’s body is decorated with cut pieces of brown Wikki Stix. Invite the children to cut various lengths of brown Wikki Stix and press them onto the yellow cardboard tube. The Wikki Stix create a great textured look to the owl craft! The eyes of the owl are created with 3 yellow Wikki Stix wrapped around to form a large yellow spirals with black Wikki Stix balls for the centers.
The talons and beak are created with orange Wikki Stix. The children can create the owl’s talons with cut pieces of orange Wikki Stix pressed slightly under the cardboard tube. The children can make a triangle or a diamond-shaped beak from orange Wikki Stix.
Wikki Stix Paper Bag Owl Craft for Kids
The paper bag owls are an EASY and FUN craft to make with kids!
Materials needed: brown lunch sacks (two per owl craft), brown/yellow/black/orange Wikki Stix, and scissors.
Give each child two paper lunch sacks. Have the children scrunch one of the lunch sacks into a ball and place it inside the other sack. The children can wrap a brown Wikki Stix around the bag (just under the filler material) and twist the Wikki Stix closed (see photo above).
Invite the children to make yellow/black owl eyes, an orange beak, and orange talons for the paper bag craft from Wikki Stix (see the cardboard tube craft above for instructions).
The paper bags owls make wonderful owl crafts to display at home or in the classroom!
Wikki Stix Paper Plate Owl Craft for Kids
Materials needed: one paper plate (per craft), assorted colors of Wikki Stix, and scissors.
Give each child a paper plate. The children can fold each side of the paper plate toward the center and crease the fold to make the “wings” for the owl. The top of the paper plate can then be folded down to create the owl’s head (see photo below).
Once the paper plate is folded, the children can decorate the owl’s wings and bodies with Wikki Stix. Very young kids will need assistance folding the plate, but they can decorate with plate with Wikki Stix and make the craft their own! It’s amazing to see all the wonderful owls the kids create with Wikki Stix!
The owl’s eyes, beak, and talons can be created per instructions under the Cardboard Tube Owl Craft above, if desired.
The paper plate owl crafts are fun, open-ended crafts that allow the kids to express themselves through the patterns and colors of Wikki Stix they choose to create with!
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