May 20 – Owls

Whooooo is ready for some owl fun? This week, our books, songs, and artworks are inspired by a character in Tom Otterness’s Trial Scene (1997). Have a hoot with the fun books and songs we found to recreate Museum Stories from home!

Image credit: Tom Otterness. Trial Scene, 1997. Bronze

Book: Peek-a-Who by Nina Laden
Song: “Owl Singalong” by Raffi

Book: Look Whooo’s Counting by Suse MacDonald
Song: “Owl Song for Kids” by The Kiboomers

Book: Hoot Owl by Sean Taylor
Movement Poem: “Wide Eye Owl”

There’s a wide eye owl (make binoculars with hands-on eyes)
With a pointed nose (point to nose)
Two pointed ears (grab ears)
And claws for toes (wiggle fingers and point to toes)
He lives way up in the tree (point up to the ceiling)
And when he looks at you (point)
He flaps his wings (flap arms like wings)
And says Who…Whooo! (continue flapping)

Some of the stories can be found on YouTube. Songs can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

Craft: take a piece of construction paper, cut out a brown branch and glue it to the paper, take a cotton ball and dab some brown paint onto the paper, after the paint has dried, glue on eyes and a beak.  Follow along with the step by step video.

Get ahead with kindergarten readiness: practice counting, shapes, following directions, identifying body parts.


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