The joy of making something together
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The joy of making something together

When I decided to teach Owls on O day to my preschoolers- I found a wonderful folk story online – called the Wise Owl. It is a parable that encourages turn taking and patience – key values that I wanted to introduce to my class. After the story, we decided to make a big newspaper owl together – and immediately put into practice the values discussed.When we began making the craft, my initial ideas was a plain brown owl as given here.

Original owl idea – image taken from the dltk website

However our end product turned out to be so much more creative!

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Kanhas Owl
Initially, we followed the original instructions and made the basic owl. We took turns using the stapler to staple the newspaper sheets together. Then we enthusiastically crumpled and stuffed the owls body. Each of us cut out the eye circles and glued those on with black poms poms. The beak too was cut on and attached by eager little hands.
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After that it was time to draw the wings. But none of the children wanted marker drawn wings. What could we use to make wings? I just didnt have any paper for that! Or did I? One of the children suggested we use some pink card paper that was left-over from a previous day’s craft.

Pink wings? Sure, why not! I cut out the wing shapes and the children happily glued them on.
Can we draw the feathers now? But no one wanted marker drawn feathers as well! Another child spotted a packet of colourful craft feathers I had picked up (one of my – just might be handy- craft supplies). Could we stick those on?

Sigh! I gave in. Time was ticking, and we were very near pack up, but all the children were too busy smearing on the glue and putting on the feathers to really care. They covered the wings.

“Ok, pack up time!”, I said. “But what about the body?” Without stopping to ask they proceeded to cover the owl’s middle with the feathers as well.

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“We need ears too!” Little pointed ears were stuck on and finally we were ready to pose with our owl

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Mommys had to wait that day as we did a rush pack up – but it was a lesson well learnt!

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About the Author: Shweta Shetty
Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi (Shweta Patil) has been practising Krishna Consciousness for over 15 years now. A qualified software engineer and Bharat Natyam Dancer, she has now ventured into the field of early childhood education. She has completed a certification in child care and is applying her spiritual and academic experiences to create a unique Vedic training program for children in Melbourne.

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