“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
Everyone knows that the owl is thought to be wise. Some of the reasons are their big eyes, impeccable hearing and ability to take in a lot of information about their surroundings. We learned about owls and then moved on to our craft. My friend let me borrow her “Character First” curriculum. I haven’t been able to use tons of it because it’s really aimed at older kids. I did get the idea for having “I will” statements from that series. Today I was actually able to use more of it in learning about owls. I liked how they compared how owls use their senses to make wise choices to how we need to make similar decisions to be wise. These are the comparisons they made:
* The Ears – Owls use their ears and sound techniques (face shape, which acts like a satellite dish) to find prey. This can be compared to us making wise choices because we need to really listen to the wise counsel of parents, grandparents and other trusted adults. We also need to listen and trust the Word of God.
* The Eyes – Their eye sight isn’t wonderful, but they still use them to assess their surroundings. They also can move their head almost in a complete circle. They also are nocturnal so can see in the dark. Wise people learn form what they see. They try and assess a situation and consider different angles so they can see things more clearly. They also look to see God’s perspective, which can help us see despite the darkness.
* The Wings – Owls wings are designed to be silent. If they had loud wings, they would scare away their prey. Our actions also have a corresponding consequence. We need to make wise choices and be willing to accept the good or bad results that come from the choices we make.
* The Mouth – Owls do not have teeth. They swallow their prey whole. Therefore they need to be concerned about what goes into their mouths. Wise people are careful about their mouths too. They know how to be careful about what goes in their mouths (for health benefits) and out of their mouths (guarding their tongue).
Learning about the wise owl can really teach children how to make wise choices.
The owl craft was made out of foam pieces (I found a pack of them at the Dollar Store). I had the girls trace different circles for the eyes. I cut out the triangles, ears and beak. We then just began gluing the shapes down as shown above. I found this great craft at Kids Crafts Made Easy.