DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Leaf Owl Paper Craft

leaf owl paper craftcontributed by Leanne Guenther

This wide-eyed little owl has some pretty autumn leaves on his chest instead of feathers.  You can use real leaves that you collect at any time of year or you can use the paper template leaves that I've provided -- you could also use feathers!

There are over 150 different kinds of owls in the world.  Most of them are "nocturnal" which means they are awake during the night and asleep during the day (sort of like my teenage daughter, hehe).

Getting ready for winter:

Owls don't hibernate (sleep) during the winter.  There's actually only one type of bird in the whole world that hibernates -- the common poorwill which is found in North America (mainly the northwest).

Owls don't usually migrate (move south) during the winter either.  There are a few types that do but most stay put all year round -- they might move around a little bit to find food, but other than that they don't like to travel much.

Instead of migrating or hibernating, owls deal with cold weather using their feathers.  Feathers are very warm and birds can fluff them up, catching warm air from their bodies in the feathers to keep them even warmer.  Some even have fluffy feathers around their feet.  The snowy owl even changes the colors of their feathers so they blend in with the snow in the wintertime.

Owls, and other birds, also eat LOTS during the autumn to store up energy to help them survive through the winter.  All of the animals, including the owls, seem to work hard on getting chubby during the fall -- they're so cute when they're chubby!


Instructions for making the owl craft:


Leaves (optional)    (color)  or    (B&W)

Owl Template         (color)   or   (B&W)

Owl with guidelines  (color)   or   (B&W)


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