Guest Author - Deborah L. Kompare
Have you ever read the book, Owl Moon by Jane Yolen? It is a delightful story about a girl and her father going out on a snowy winter night to go owling. The details given about listening to the sound of the snow beneath their feet, and listening to the silence as they walk through the woods is delightful. I won’t ruin the story by telling how it ends, but it is a favorite at our house. It is one of the few stories we have found that have a dad and daughter doing something together. I just showed this book to my youngest child and she suggested I write this article about crafts to go with the book.
One of the things that is mentioned in the book is how it feels to have a scarf wrapped around your face. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a scarf? I’m not a knitter, but those wonderful gadgets, such as Cool Spool Knitting or Alex Hip Hoop Circle Knitting Kit that the children can use to “knit” a tube would be fun to try. If you make enough, you could sew them together and make a striped scarf. If you do know how to knit, this could give you a great lead-in to sit with your child and offer a lesson. Not into knitting? Why not try some of the different scarves made with fleece? Some are pretty simple, such as the ones that you just cut a rectangular piece of fabric and then cut the ends to make fringe. There are others that you sew some pieces together and when you cut them, they look as if you made it with “loopy” fabric.
Another thing from the story would be having some fun recreating a scene. Use a shoe box and make a 3-D image of one of the things that the daughter and father get to do, or see. If this is too advanced for your child, making a snow scene on construction paper would be fun. Use dark construction paper and color it with a white crayon or chalk to create that winter scene. There are several farm animals described and they would be fun to add by drawing or stamping.
Finally, since this book is about owling, it would be interesting to create an owl. DLTK Kids offers so many different type of activities and crafts that you could use. Looking for something for an older child to do? Check out the video link below to make an origami owl. I know for a craft like this, I do better when I have a visual.
Let me know how you enjoyed the book and the crafts by visiting the forum!