Are you looking for some owl activities for preschool and kindergarten? If so, I’ve got a great list of resources to share with you today.
Owls are a great topic to study anytime of the year, but I really enjoy teaching about them in the fall or including them into a study along with other winter animals.
Kids love to learn about these nocturnal birds and there are so many great things you can do with this topic. With that being said, let’s jump right into this huge list of owl activities for preschool and kindergarten!
What can my child learn from studying owls?
There are many different things kids can learn from studying owls. From observing a snowy owl to learning about nocturnal behavior, kids can definitely benefit from exploring this topic further. Here are some possibilities:
- Growth and development of owls
- size, color, and varieties of owls
- nocturnal habits
- preditor and prey
- a wonder for nature
- characteristics of owls
- Bird terms
- Attention to detail
Learning Goals for a Preschool Owl Unit
Here are some attainable learning goals you can shoot for when doing owl activities or preschool or kindergarten:
- Describe various physical and behavioral characteristics of owls
- Differentiate between other birds
- Understand what nocturnal means
- Build preschool and kindergarten skills through owl-themed music, crafts, activities, math, language, and imaginative play.
Picture Books about Owls
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Now for a list of picture books about owls! Picture books are a fantastic way to learn about the different types of owls, their habits, and their habitats.
Picture books about owls:
- The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston
- Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
- Owly by Mike Thaler
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
- Owls by Gail Gibbons
- Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
- The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson
- Good-Night Owl by Pat Hutchins
- The Littlest Owl by Caroline Pitcher
- Owls by Laura Marsh
Printable Owl Poem
Another great owl activity for preschool and kindergarten is to incorporate a poem to memorize! Memory work is a terrific way for kids to remember and process what they are learning. Here is our owl poem download if you would like to add it to your owl-themed unit as well!
Owl-themed toys and prop ideas
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- Owl fidget sensory toy
- Wooden stacking balancing owl set
- Fine motor owl toy
- Melissa and Doug life-like stuffed owl
- Hoot Owl Hoot (Matching game)
- Owl Stickers
- Tree with owl bulletin board set
- Owl banner
Music and videos about owls
- All about owls (video)
- Spotted Owl | Amazing animals (video)
- Owls for Kids (video)
- Ten little owls (counting song)
- Owl Song for Kids
Owl Craft Ideas
- Cardboard yarn lacing owl craft
- Paper bag snowy owl craft
- headband owl craft
- Pinecone winter owl craft
- Paper cup yarn wrapped owls
- Paper plate owl craft
- Pom Pom snowy owl painting craft
Owl activities for preschool & Kindergarten
- Build a bird nest (sensory activity)
- Make owl pizzas
- Make owl rice cakes with fruit faces
- Owl strawberries (food craft)
- Go bird watching
- What do owls eat craftivitiy? (free printable)
- Owl Diagram (label the parts)
Math Owl Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten
- Owl memory matching game (free printable)
- Mini eraser owl counting activity (free printable)
- Owl count and dot activity (free printable)
- What doesn’t belong owl task cards
- Owl number match game
Owl-themed literacy and writing activities
- Owl alphabet matching (free printable)
- Story puppets for owl books
- Wise owl sight word hunt
- Owl antonyms
- Look at the Owl Emergent Reader
Dramatic play ideas
- Woodland animals pretend play
- Cardboard puppet tree
- Bird watching station
- Life-sized bird nest
- Camping dramatic play
Free Printable owl unit study plan
For my homeschool moms and teacher friends, I’ve complied all these ideas into a printable resource. This unit builder includes everything in this post and also leaves room for you to add material lists and notes.
Whether you are creating a owl-themed lesson plan for preschool or kindergarten or just thinking of adding some owl activities into your homeschool preschool unit later this year, this is a great printable resource to reference, with a lot of ideas to choose from!
Download the owl Unit Study Plan
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