Thursday, February 3, 2011

Owl Storytime ~ 2/3/2011

Brrr! That's what I said this morning, but SOOO very glad I was able to do storytime again this Thursday at The Book Spot in Round Rock!

Today's storytime was all about Owls - Hoooo Hoooo Hoooo!

Of course we started out with our Hello Song! :-) Then talked about an owl and how they make the sound WHOOOO WHOOOO WHOOOO!

This week I had many books to choose from, but chose the top 3 to read and another book to help with talking about animals that owls see at night (really about animals they 'hunt' at night, but downplayed that part for our little listeners!)


  • Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson - about a new friend that Bear makes on his search of who was making sounds and then hiding in a deep hole! Who??  An Owl!!
  • "I’m Not Cute!” by Jonathan Allen - A cute book about a baby owl who doesn't think he's very cute - or does he?  Cute story and the kids and moms seemed to really like this one!
  • Owl babies by Martin Waddell - story about 3 owl babies who live in a tree and wake to their mom being gone one night! In the end the mommy owl comes back of course and loves on her babies!
  • We then talked about how owls can see in the dark and I wanted to discuss what animals are active at night by using the book Whoo goes there? by Jennifer A Ericsson.  This book has great illustrations and I had the kids help identify all the pictures from the pages - mouse, bird, porcupine, beaver, cat, etc. This activity kept the kids attention and was good to get them engaged!

Songs/Rhymes (Original Authors Unknown):

We then did some great finger plays that I found online. I love that the kids are starting to do some of these with me. I hope that continues!

5 Little Owls-Fingerplay
5 little owls on a moonlit night 5 little owls are quite a sight.
5 little owls Are you keeping score? One flew away! And then there were 4.
4 little owls Happy as can be, One flew away! Then there were 3.
3 little owls Calling "Whoo! Whoo!" One flew away! And that left two.
2 little owls having lots of fun. One flew away! And that left 1.
1 little owl We are almost done. He flew away! And that leaves none.

Tune:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”
If you want to be an owl, shout – Who! Who!
If you want to be an owl, shout – Who! Who!
Then you get to sleep all day
And at night you get to play.
If you want to be an owl, shout – Who! Who!

Wide Eye Owl
There's a wide eye owl (make fingers in large circles and cup over eyes)
With a pointed nose (use fingers to make a triangle & point out for nose)
2 pointed ears (use fingers for ears)
and claws for toes (wiggle fingers like toes)
he lives way up in the tree (point up to tree top)
and when he looks at you (point at kids)
he flaps his wings (use arms for wings, and flap)
and says whooo whooo (continue flapping wings)

We then talked about how Owls are silent flyers and reiterated that they say HOOO HOOO HOOO!  We then all pretended to be owls and flew around the kids area saying HOOO HOOO HOOO! We all flew around and ended up at the craft table! CRAFT TIME!!


For today's craft we made Owl Masks!  I also handed out a couple coloring sheets and the kids seemed to really like it!  Here are some pictures from our activity!

During the Activity:

Completed Masks:
Our Youngest Attendee!

Had to take a picture of Ms. Vivi with her beautiful coloring page!  Love this girl and her creativity!
I had such great fun time today and it was great to stay warm inside with our friends even when it was so cold outside! Thanks to everyone who attended!

Next week's storytime will be on Tuesday instead of Thursday!  So I hope that some of you can come out on Tuesday 2/8 10:30am for a Valentine/LOVE Storytime with some great books and heart animal craft!

Until Next Time! Keep Reading!
Ms. Vanessa

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