Owls-Toddlers

Books

Cat and Mouse in the Night by Tomek Bogacki
Happy by Emma Dodd
Hooray for Today by Brian Won
Hoot Hoot! by Richard Powell
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeny
Night Owl by Toni Yuly
Owlet’s First Flight by Mitra Modarressi
Wow! said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Flannel Boards

Fingerplays

An Owl Sat Alone on the Branch of a Tree
from King County Library
An owl sat alone on the branch of a tree, Use arm as branch; holding owl puppet
And she was as quiet as quiet could be.
‘Twas night and her eyes were wide open like this; Circle eyes with fingers and look around
She looked all around, not a thing did she miss.
Some little birds perched on the branch of the tree, Fingers of other hand fly on tree
And sat there as quiet as quiet could be.
The solemn old owl said “whoo-whoo-whoo,”
And up jumped the birds and away they flew. Wave hand away, fluttering fingers behind back

Wide-Eyed Owl
There’s a wide-eyed owl circle your eyes with your hands
With a pointed nose make a beak with your fingers
Two pointed ears make ears with your fingers
And claws for toes wiggle your “claws”
He lives way up in the tree point way up
And when he looks at you point to children
He flaps his wings flap your wings
And says, “Whoo! Whoo!” say “whoo”

Puppets

Folkmanis Screech Owl-I use this puppet with the fingerplay “An Owl Sat Alone on the Branch of a Tree”

Music

Owl Hokey Pokey
You put your right wing in, you put your right wing out
You put your right wing in, and you flap it all about
You do the hokey pokey and you fly yourself around
That’s what it’s all about! Hoot, hoot!

Verses: Left wing…Right claw…Left claw…Beak…Whole, feathered self

Owl In the Tree

This is a fun hide-and-seek game for storytime. Before we begin I have hidden the owl behind on of the trees. I like using all of the different colors because it is visually interesting and helps to reinforce color recognition. You could always add more colors if you want each round of the game to last longer. This particular owl is a piece of clip art that I had printed off and stuck a circle of Velcro to. The paper is thin enough that you can’t see a bulge from the tree that he is hiding behind.

Owl, owl, where do you hide?
Are you in the (color) tree? Let’s peek inside!

Five Wise Owls

Owls make a great theme for the fall months. Thom Borden posted this rhyme on his blog. The owls came from clips art that I had found. As always, the toddlers at my storytime love to help put the owls up on the board. They wind up right side up, upside down and any other direction you can think of. Their random placements always look better to my eyes than what I would have done.

One wise owl sitting in a tree,
Hooted to another, “Come sit with me.”

Two wise owls sitting in a tree,
Hooted to one more, “Come let’s be three!”

Three wise owls sitting in a tree,
Hooted to a fourth, “Come quietly.”

Four wise owls sitting in a tree,
Hooted to a fifth, “Join our family.”

Five wise owls sang “Whooo, whooo, whooo!”
And before you knew it, away they all flew!