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Owls make a great subject for teachers or parents to teach their child about wisdom and camouflage! Did you know that an Owls feathers are colored and designed to help them blend in with their surroundings? These amazing, ancient animals also have special flight feathers adapted for silent flight.They have developed special feather adaptations that enable them to minimize the sound made when flapping their wings. For instance, the leading edges of their primary feathers have a stiff fringes that reduces noise while the trailing edge of their primaries have soft fringes that helps to reduce turbulence. Downy feathers cover the surfaces of the wing to further reduce sound. Learn more awesome owl facts here.
GREAT HORNED OWL MADE WITH REAL FEATHERS
What you will need: brown feathers, yellow construction paper, black magic marker, inside of a sunflower seed,
glue, and brown construction paper or a paper plate.
How to make:
1. Draw an egg shape for the owl on to brown construction paper or paper plate and cut it out. The wider end of the egg shape is the owl’s head.
2. Glue two feathers on for the wings. Then glue on long feathers for the body.
3. Glue the shaft end of the feathers to the neck area so that the tips of the feathers form the owl’s tail feathers (Feathery part).
4. Cut the tips off of some of your feathers and glue them in a circular pattern onto the face area to make the facial disk.
5. Cut yellow circles from the construction paper and use a magic marker to color in the pupils. Glue on a sunflower seed for the beak
PINE CONE OWL
What you will need: Pinecones (If possible use pinecones that are twisted at the bottom so that the bottom of the pinecone is showing from one side.), Small brown feathers, yellow construction paper, inside of a sunflower seed, Chenille stems (optional), wiggly eyes, and glue.
How to make a Pine Cone Owl:
This is a very simple, quick and inexpensive craft for young children. Plus it can be a ton of fun to explore outside and search for Pine Cones! Older children may want to add legs to their owl using Chenille stems or pipe cleaners.
1. Glue two small feathers to the bottom of the pine cone to look like the tuffs of the great horned owl.
2. Glue more small feathers to the face area in a circular pattern starting with the shaft of the feather in the center of the face to make the facial disk.
3. Cut yellow eyes from the construction paper and glue to the facial disk. Use a magic marker to color in the pupils. Glue them to the face. Glue on a sunflower seed, point down, for the beak.
4. Bend Chenille stems to make the owl’s legs, and glue them between the scales of the pinecone.
These little owls look great in pinecone wreaths and Christmas trees.
PAPER BAG OWL
Recycling has never been so cute! This craft makes a great party favor for a birthday or Halloween party!
What you will need:Brown paper lunch bag, brown construction paper, black marker, yellow card stock or construction paper, glue, and newspaper ripped in quarters.
How to make a paper lunch bag owl:
1. Stuff a paper lunch bag with wrinkled up pieces of newspaper about half full. Pull the sides of the paper bag out from the top so that you can make a flat surface at the top of the bag.
2. Fold down the sides from the middle top of the bag and glue them down. Fold the down the point to the front of the bag making the top of the owls head. Pull up on the sides to make the horns and open them slightly.
3. Draw wings on brown paper and eyes and a beak onto yellow paper using a black Sharpie, and cut them out. Glue them to the bag.
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We are Chipper for Owls this October! Did you know that these amazingly beautiful creatures can be found in the fossil record up to 58 million years ago! The largest recorded owl fossil, Orinmegalonyx oteroi, stood about three feet tall. They aren’t kidding when they call them Wise Old Owls! There is so much we can learn from these ancient birds–even about recycling!
Owls, like Chipper, have also been a symbolic ambassador of the great outdoors, encouraging people to appreciate nature and protect out environment. The famous Woodsy Owl always says, “Give a hoot–don’t pollute!” and Chipper always says, “Lend a Hand–Care for the land!” and plays by the Leave No Trace principles:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Get Chipper for Owls this October by trying out these fun crafts that are perfect to try at home or in the classroom!
Toilet Paper Roll Owl Craft:
Have your chile or your class make their very own owls using recycled toilet paper rolls! Just have some markers or crayons, tape or glue, and some googly eyes!
- First, press down the sides of one end of your roll so it makes two points. Use tape (double sided works best) or glue to secure your owl’s ears.
- Then color make your owls face! Draw eye or glue on googly eyes in their heart shaped face and use markers or crayons to draw on a beak and feet.
- Use various colored markers or crayons to make ruffled feathers and draw on some wings. Use our Helping Hand coloring sheet or trace some hands or cut out some wings from recycled construction paper to make an owl in-flight! Additionally, you can pick up some feathers from a craft store and glue those on too! Or use some beautiful Fall leaves for your wings
Scare Owl Craft:
Are birds munching up your garden? Are they flying into your glass windows by mistake? If you have either problem, you need Scare Owl! Bright light reflects off this owl’s CD-eyes to help scare away approaching birds.
2 old CDs
2 large googly eyes
white craft glue
sheet of light-brown craft foam
scraps of dark-brown and black craft foam
1-foot piece of thin ribbon (or string)
Lay the CDs in the center of the light-brown craft foam. Glue in place. Glue a wiggle eye in the center of each CD. Let dry for several hours.
For the head: Draw an oval with “ears” around the outside of the CDs and cut it out.
For the forehead: Cut out a large triangle from dark-brown craft foam. Glue it on top of the CDs.
For the beak: Cut out a beak shape from black craft foam. Then glue it on top of the dark-brown triangle.
Let forehead and beak dry for several hours.
Punch a small hole at the top of the head. Thread a piece of ribbon through it and tie the ends in a knot. Now Scare Owl is ready to hang!
The more he heard, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard;
Why aren’t we all like that wise old bird?
The amount of plastic recycling is down to 19% in 2003 from 53% in 1994, most of which can be blamed on the low rate of recycling water bottles.
Recycled crafts not only make great gift for friends and family. Making and buying recycle crafts benefit our environment and reduce waste! Recycle crafts also help promote traditional crafts that are fading as people opt for cheap mass produced items. By buying or making handcrafted gifts, you can help keep those skills alive! All crafts, not just those that are made from recycled material, also encourages originality and creativity. Whether you are starting with the materials and find a suitable product to create from them, or you start with the product and have to figure out what recycled items can be used to create it, it requires ingenuity. This can only benefit art and crafts in general!
Instead of tossing out bottle caps, which are not recycled and go strait to a land fill or the ocean, create cute magnets with your kids! All you need are some caps, some magazines and a pair or scissors, magnet tape (very easy to find and inexpensive), and glue!
Cut out cute images or letters to spell your little one’s name or initials to fit inside the bottle caps then glue in. Then attach a small piece of magnetic tape to the back and stick to the fridge or other metal surfaces. These custom mini magnets are great for hanging your young artists’ drawings and paintings. They can be used for spelling out messages (or spelling practice!) and also make a great gift! There’s no better gift than one made with your own to hands for someone you love. Get Chipper today and get crafty!
If your kids love cereal (who doesn’t?), you must recycle cereal boxes left and right! Next time you finish the next box of Cheerios, save the box instead. There are tons of fun crafts and games you can do with just some cardboard boxes! One person’s trash is another person’s pleasure : )
Here are a few great craft ideas you can do with you cereal boxes from Chipper! Please share some of your ideas with us! Here’s one great craft/gift idea designed by real artists: Make your own Cereal Box Picture Frame!
Making Cereal Box Masks
Masks are a lot of fun to make, but they are especially fun to make for Halloween, masquerades, parties, or just playing dress up. Cut a piece of wrapping paper to fit around the box and glue it securely in place. Make the features by coloring them on with wax crayons, or pasting on bits of colored paper. Here are some suggestions for decorating your masks. Try different colors on masks to obtain unusual effects.
1. Cut and fold colored paper to make hats, ears, beaks and horns.
2. Wind strips of colored paper firmly around a pencil until they curl, to make hair, eyelashes, whiskers and beards.
3. Glue on other trimmings such as, wood shavings, ping-pong balls, fringed paper, cotton, broom straws, feathers, carrot greens, beads, earrings, fancy braids and any other trimming available.
4. Draw on eyeglasses, monocles, and any other decoration with colored wax crayons.
Make a Cereal Box Napkin Holder House
This napkin holder turns out really cute and you can make it from a recycled cereal bo. The first thing you do is get a greeting card envelope and open it up so that it looks like a house shape, as illustrated in (picture #1). Then get a cereal box and hold the envelope at the left corner and trace around the envelope to use as your guide when cutting (picture #2). Then turn around your box and hold the envelope at the bottom right side of the box (picture #3) and trace the open envelope again. Now get scissors and cut around the lines that you drew….keeping the bottom of the box intact. Now paint the remaining house-shaped box to look like a house. It helps to put a little bit of glue in the paint to make it stick to the waxed cereal box surface. Now let the paint dry and then give as a gift or start using to brighten up your breakfast table!
A Few Fun Ideas for Play with Cereal Boxes
Empty cereal cartons can be used for many play ideas. Here are a few.
(1) Build towers and castles. Place cartons on top of each other. Make them so that you have passages and tunnels. Place toy men and animals on them.
(2) You can play store with your cartons. Place them on the table or on a box. Pretend that a customer comes in to buy the boxes.
(3) Open the tops of three cartons. Set them sideways on the floor. See how many marbles you can roll into them.
(4) With a parent’s help you can trace animals, masks, and flat boats from the boxes. When they are cut out, you can color them.
Get Chipper and start recycling some Cereal boxes! What can YOU do with a cereal box?
Nothing is better during the long summer break than having a craft day with the kids! Especially recycled crafts. They are easy, fun, and help save the planet by reusing! Crafts expand your child’s mind and provide them with challenges they need to grow. Crafts also involves working with your hands, which builds dexterity and motor function. Any form of creativity is a healthy and relaxing outlet!
This summer, get your kids outside and helping with water the garden or indoor plants by making their very own, home-made watering can! It’s easy to do for kids ages 4 and up and not many materials are used.
What you’ll need:
- Milk jug with handle (1 gallon, ½ gallon, or pint)
- Plastic funnel
- Washable fine-point marker
- Scissors, paper towels
- Scotch tape, white duct tape
- Decorating items
How to make it:
- Make sure the plastic milk jug is washed thoroughly, dried, with labels removed before beginning. Place the funnel (4-inch, 3-inch, or 2-inch diameter) in desired spout position, opposite the handle of the milk jug.
- Trace around the funnel with a washable fine-point marker.
- Cut out a circle approximately ¼ inch inside the circle outline, then wipe away the outline.
- Compress the funnel slightly and pop its wide side into the container. Use Scotch tape to hold in desired place.
- Help child cut strips of white duct tape and tape the funnel in permanent position, removing Scotch tape as you go.
- Decorate using googly eyes, stickers, Sharpie markers, glitter and glue, adhesive vinyl letters, or whatever you can find!
Next time you are searching for a fun activity, test your child’s creativity by having them grab some items out of the recycling bin and creating a craft! Get Chipper and get busy this summer break!