We are Chipper for Owls this October! Did you know that these amazingly beautiful creatures can be found in the fossil record up to 58 million years ago! The largest recorded owl fossil, Orinmegalonyx oteroi, stood about three feet tall. They aren’t kidding when they call them Wise Old Owls! There is so much we can learn from these ancient birds–even about recycling!
Owls, like Chipper, have also been a symbolic ambassador of the great outdoors, encouraging people to appreciate nature and protect our environment. The famous Woodsy Owl always says, “Give a hoot–don’t pollute!” and Chipper always says, “Lend a Hand–Care for the land!” and plays by the Leave No Trace principles:
1. Plan Ahead and Prepar
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Get Chipper for Owls this October by trying out these fun crafts that are perfect to try at home or in the classroom!
Toilet Paper Roll Owl Craft:
Have your child or your class make their very own owls using recycled toilet paper rolls! Just have some markers or crayons, tape or glue, and some googly eyes!
1. First, press down the sides of one end of your roll so it makes two points. Use tape (double sided works best) or glue to secure your owl’s ears.
2. Then color make your owls face! Draw eye or glue on googly eyes in their heart shaped face and use markers or crayons to draw on a beak and feet.
3. Use various colored markers or crayons to make ruffled feathers and draw on some wings. Use our Helping Hand coloring sheet or trace some hands or cut out some wings from recycled construction paper to make an owl in-flight! Additionally, you can pick up some feathers from a craft store and glue those on too! Or use some beautiful Fall leaves for your wings 🙂
Scare Owl Craft:
Are birds munching up your garden? Are they flying into your glass windows by mistake? If you have either problem, you need Scare Owl! Bright light reflects off this owl’s CD-eyes to help scare away approaching birds.
What You Need:
• 2 old CDs
• 2 large googly eyes
• white craft glue
• sheet of light-brown craft foam
• scraps of dark-brown and black craft foam
• hole punch
• 1-foot piece of thin ribbon (or string)
What You Do:
1. Lay the CDs in the center of the light-brown craft foam. Glue in place. Glue a wiggle eye in the center of each CD. Let dry for several hours.
2. For the head: Draw an oval with “ears” around the outside of the CDs and cut it out.
3. For the forehead: Cut out a large triangle from dark-brown craft foam. Glue it on top of the CDs.
4. For the beak: Cut out a beak shape from black craft foam. Then glue it on top of the dark-brown triangle.
5. Let forehead and beak dry for several hours.
Punch a small hole at the top of the head. Thread a piece of ribbon through it and tie the ends in a knot. Now Scare Owl is ready to hang!
Dangle this watchful owl from a window latch, and backyard birds might think twice before flying into the glass. Or if birds are destroying your vegetable garden, hang Scare Owl from a nearby post.
Plastic Bottle Owl Craft:
A wise old owl sat in an oak,
The more he heard, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard;
Why aren’t we all like that wise old bird?
Wisdom sometimes comes to you as life lessons. It is up to you whether or not you want to treasure that wisdom, learn from it and pass it on, or ignore it and let it pass you by.
According to a 2001 report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), roughly 1.5 million tons of plastic are expended in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year.
The amount of plastic recycling is down to 19% in 2003 from 53% in 1994, most of which can be blamed on the low rate of recycling water bottles.
Only about 13% of water bottles are recycled, leaving tens of millions to go to landfills and become waste. Simply recycling will help to keep plastic water bottles out of landfills.
DO YOUR PART! Recycle and reuse! Make it fun with crafts and teach your kids! Let’s Go Chipper!