Painting owl babies

After reading the delightful book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, we were inspired to paint our very own owl babies…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Owl Babies is a charming story of three young owls who awake in the night to find that their mother is not in their nest.  The three owl babies comfort each other as they fret over when their mama will return.  We so loved the beautiful owls in our story that we were inspired to create our own…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Creating our owls was really quite simple.  The children used brown paint to create a tree branch (like in our book) for their baby owls to sit on…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Although the branch in our book sits horizontal, one child decided to think outside the box and created vertical branches rather than horizontal.  Brilliant!…

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To make the owls, the children loaded up their sponges with white paint and pressed the sponges onto their paper, creating a white, bubbly owl baby’s body and head…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

The fun thing about using the scrubby sponge is that the sponge creates a really unique texture.  When pressed onto the paper, the paint is bubbly, giving the owl babies a nice fluffy texture, similar to the pictures in the book…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Some of our student’s only chose to make one owl baby while others chose to make all three like in the book.  Some of the children even named their owl babies (asking us to remind them what the names of the owls were in the book)…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

When the paintings were complete, the most darling collection of owl babies were hung up on our walls to watch over our classroom at night…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

One child, who often prefers to explore our other centers over the art center, was excited to show off his owl babies to his dad…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Owl Babies is a book that inspired new interest in the painting process, we were able to take a look at the bubbles or texture in our paint and recall the names of the owls in our story…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Available on Amazon

Links to grow on:

Adorable owls by Happy Hooligans

Owl shapes by Little Page Turners

Nocturnal animals storytime by RovingFiddlehead KidLit

By |2013-03-06T06:00:47+00:00March 6th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem March 6, 2013 at 7:46 am - Reply

    I love these! The googly eyes just make the craft, too.
    Another book to add to this theme might be Owl Moon.

  2. jackie March 6, 2013 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, these are just too darn cute, Courtney! I love the texture that the sponges give to the paint! Thanks for the great idea! And thanks for including the link to our Adorable Owls too! 🙂

  3. Malika Bourne March 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    How adorably fun! My 2 yo grand daughter saw the pictures. After nap, we will have to make our own version.
    I like the fact that you wrote about some of children choosing to make the owl babies and not the branch. Good for you. It is important to point that I , I feel, so parents doing this at home know that it is OK to choose. I always, “It is artist privilege.”

  4. Robyn Warren March 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Great effective idea! I am about to read Owl Babies to my three year old classes…such a beautiful book that helps children understand separation from mum and dad. We usually create feathery little masses to hang on a branch in our room but will try your printing technique this year instead.

  5. Tina mac March 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    These are so absolutely adorable!

  6. Debs March 6, 2013 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I love that book and I love the paintings that the children made inspired by it. A lovely idea! Pinned 🙂

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