I have accidentally been collecting owl things for a few years. I didn't realize it was a collection until people started buying me gifts with owls on them (mugs, Christmas decorations, notebooks).
"Because you love owls!"
Let's be real, though, people: owls are super creepy-looking in real life, but cartoon and craft ones? ADORBS.
Library Day: ah, books. You lovely things.
The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers - Who doesn't love some O.J.? Ford? Too soon? Anyhow, Oliver Jeffers writes great kids' books, even if I think he is writing mostly for the adults reading them. Clever illustrations and a funny bit with an owl made this TOTALLY APPROPRIATE for Owl Week, even though the bird wasn't the main character.
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace - haha! Reverse psychology is put at play when Little Hoot doesn't want to stay up late.
Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep by Mo Willems - Oh, Cat the Cat, you are so great. Mo Willems, you ain't bad either. And teaching kids about nocturnal animals? EASY.
Little Owl's Day by Divya Srinivasan - It's just so pretty.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr - This book gives you the feels. And it has a medal on it, so ... It's good.
Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan - Picturesssssss.
Paper owls: I was reeeeeeeeally excited about this day's thing. I found 3EyedBear's amazing 3D paper creations while Googling "owl crafts" and JACKPOT. You print out their amazing design, cut along the lines, fold in a couple spots, add a few dots of glue, and BAM! Groovy paper toys.
I did all the cutting and folding, since it required a bit of precision, but the ladies glued and directed my assembly skills until each rascal had a cute little owl to represent their spot at the table.
Can I wait for Gnome Week? NO I CANNOT.
Owl cards: I now consider card-making "writing practice" along with "fine motor skills" since the ladies end up writing hilarious greetings (or drawing finely detailed and hilarious pictures) for the recipients. Another simple project from Craft-a-Day, btw.
Owl Stuffies: Why are there no pictures of this project?, you ask. Well, sometimes, REALLY GOOD parents do craft projects at 9pm (okay, maybe 10pm) and forget to take photographs while coordinating small humans with needle and thread and the putting on of pajamas and reading stories and getting a "midnight snack" for oneself.
Anyhoo, they looked almost exactly the same as the paper owls shown above, but made out of felt and with GOOGLY EYES.
Mae Cake, always surprising, noticed they didn't have wings and thought they should AND was really good at sewing.
Field Trip Friday: since I didn't do a field trip for Numbers Week, we headed down to the Minnesota Department of Revenue in St. Paul where we played around "Shunyata" by Steven Woodward, large scultured numbers which lay across the lawn.
This was my favorite picture from the trip, taken by Zoo, of V standing on her favorite number:
How was your week? In the holiday spirit? Avoiding the holiday spirit? Seen any owls lately? WHERE DOES ONE GO TO SEE OWLS?!