Doodlebug Club this week was alive with flapping feathers, huge orange claws, and giant yellow eyes. Luckily they were all made out of paper and were easily dealt with – but it took some preschool wranglers the better part of 45 minutes to get them under control. 🙂
This week we made owls from torn brown construction paper and pre-cut owl parts (eyes, legs, feet, beaks – 3rd week in a row I’ve cut out eyeballs – I really need to get one of those big circle punch things). The kids had a great time tearing paper into bits (really? I can just tear it?!), sorting the 4 different shades of brown into little piles, brandishing glue sticks with wild abandon, and deciding what shapes their owls would be. They all turned out differently – this project was a great one for individuality.
This is Mr. Why’s owl.
For the first time in weeks, we were joined by a little girl Doodlebug – Katy. This is Katy’s owl.
This one is my favorite (shh!! I’m not supposed to have favorites!) It’s an owl in flight, done by little 4-year-old Chase. He looks sort of angry. An Angry Bird. Heheh.
And of course, I always like to read them a story (or two) at the end of the class – one that has something to do with the art they just finished. This week, we read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. It’s a beautifully illustrated and poetic book about a little girl and her dad who go out owling (trying to see an owl) late one night during a full moon. It’s winter and there’s snow on the ground and lots of discussion about quiet and the dark woods. It went well – though some younger siblings that accompanied the artists in the audience were making their presence known rather loudly. There was a rousing chorus of hoots every few pages that was particularly funny (the dad tries to call an owl by hooting and it became sort of a call-and-response thing with the Doodlebugs).
Some excerpts from the book:
I’m glad this project turned out so well – I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. With *A*’s love of owls, I know the Littlest and I will tackle this project (probably many times over) someday. And the book’s already on the ol’ wishlist.
You know, thinking ahead for next week’s Doodlebug Club project – I think I’ll steer clear of anything requiring pre-cut eyeballs. Or beaks. Or bird-legs. Or bird-toes. 🙂
What is Doodlebug Club?
I work at an art and history museum, and one of the best parts of my job is working with kids. I teach a weekly preschool art class called Doodlebug Club, where I get to try out all sorts of ideas that will become some of the fun things that we will do with our Littlest Brooks-Livingston. I’ve never had any real art training, but I think it’s a lot of fun, and to me, it’s very important to make art more approachable than it ever seemed when I was a kid.If you’d like to read about more of the projects we’ve done in Doodlebug Club, click here. Check out my Doodlebug Club Pinterest board here.