Greetings fellow Book Dragons!
Owl Babies is a tender story about three owls that awake one night to find that their mother is gone. They begin to wonder and worry about where she is, what is she doing, and whether she will return or not. The beautiful double spread illustrations capture each owl’s own anxious perspective as well as their exuberant joy upon their mother’s return. The story simply and effectively addresses the fear and anxiety a child experiences when separated from their parents, giving each owl an individual personality to showcase how they handle the situation. The littlest owl, Bill, only says, “I want my mommy!” and this repetition is especially useful for early readers, who will begin to repeat this wailing right along with Bill! This is a great book to snuggle up a little closer to with your little one(s) and help them rest easy knowing you will always be back.
But before we get into all the owl activities, of course, we started the week off with a fun-filled Halloween celebration with Monster donuts and going to our local library for a story time that included the staff giving the kids lots of little treats.
I really liked this picture that husband captured of us in the fog, which definitely gave it a spooky feel!
It was a very fun and exhausting day needless to say!
So on to the owls!
We all really enjoyed this week. Playdough was the key and the activities that I found to incorporate it kept him entertained for quite a while longer than I had anticipated. Plus, he kept asking to do some of these across several days, so that was awesome!
Preschool Powol Packets provided printable playdough mats to use for owls and practice counting. It’s so funny how much Maddox loves googly eyes right now! Anything that gives him a chance to put googly eyes on something is a huge hit!
Another day, the boys had a great time playing with feathers as we did a color sorting activity from To Be A Kid Again.
I then used the owl templates from Sunflower Storytime for use on my trusty flannel board for story rhymes and songs. Jax had a great time taking them all off, but big brother Maddox was quick to put them all back up to repeat this cycle!
The following activities were all honorable mentions. I wish we had had time to get to them, but I’ll hold on to them for future reference.
- Owl Letter Match from Teachers Pay Teachers
- Alphabet Roll and Color game from Sea of Knowledge
- Counting Owls with Feathers from Clare’s Little Tots
This is the second time he has completed the challenge, and officially on Goodreads, he’s read over 2500 books for the first time! This count doesn’t include multiple readings of the same book, so it’s actually more like 25,000 books because I know we’ve read every Skippyjon Jones book that many times!
Up next is a week of gratitude with Bear Says Thanks!