Sunshine and stories: A truly great way to start the week. We had a nice-sized group of eight kids join in for the fun, with stretches, songs, our featured title, and, to top it all off, a craft that was truly a hoot!
Little Owl’s Night
by Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl’s nights are as eventful as most humans’ days: Exploring, visiting friends, and eagerly experiencing the nighttime as a landscape of endless possibility. Some of the forest creatures miss out on the wonder of the stars or the lovely specter of the dandelions in the moonlight, but not Little Owl. Only when the moon goes down and the sun starts to rise does he finally begin to close his eyes… but not before one more bedtime story from his Mama.
After our story, we set to work on making our very own owl masks. So simple!
Start by printing out the following template:
Then have your kids color the owl face. They can use crayons, markers, colored pencils, just about anything! If you’re feeling fancy, have them glue on layers of colorful features.
Once they’re satisfied with their work, carefully cut out the mask, then glue or tape a Popsicle stick to the back. If they would prefer to wear the mask without hands, poke small holes on either side of the mask and add a short band of elastic. Make sure the eye holes are cut out and clean of any ragged paper shreds (which can be abrasive to the eyes).
Voila! Owl mask! Great for costumes or general night frolicking.
Of course, if you really want to get fancy, you can try making full owl costumes, such as the ones made by PTLL member Elizabeth Moyer.
Do your kids want an excuse to continue wearing their owl masks? Why not try out a few more owl-friendly reads?
Storytime is every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.