After finishing the story we looked up the Great Horned Owl in our Encyclopedia of North American Animals to learn a little more about them. The boys were very impressed that it has such sharp talons and that it dares to eat skunks....boys :) After we finished our research, we set out to make our own Great Horned Owls out of a lunch sack.
Our supplies: paper lunch sack, two newspaper sheets, glue, brown/black markers, scissors, brown/black/yellow construction paper.
Step 1: draw wings on the brown paper, eyes on the yellow paper, and pupils on the black paper.
Step 2: use brown and black markers to add mottles/stripes to the plumage.
Step 3: cut out wings, eyes, and pupils.
Step 4: crumble up paper and stuff it into the bag.
Step 5: bend corners of bag opening and glue down.
Step 6: fold all of the bag opening down to create a triangle.
Step 7: glue wings to the back of the bag.
Step 8: then glue eyes and pupils right under the triangle you made earlier.
Once everything is dry, you'll have your own stuffed owl. If you are looking for another activity to go with this book, you can take turns hiding your owls and having your own pretend owl hunts.
For more winter themed book activities be sure to check out our Snowy Day post. You can also find more winter themed activities on our homeschooling page.