Flannel Friday: Baby Owls Makeover

Some makeovers are driven by necessity, not inspiration! Such is the case with this recent screen adaptation of one of my favorite flannel sets. I seem to have misplaced a flannel crate during our house move and didn’t realize it until I was in DIRE need of my owl set!

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Flannelboard: Five owls of various colors sit on tree branches.

Fortunately we have a handy storytime media cart at my branch, and I had a cute clip art set from Daily Art Hub that I plopped into a slideshow. Saved by the screen!

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Screenshot: Three owls sit on tree branches below a full moon on a dark night.

I often use these feathery big-eyed beauties with a counting up song:

One Night Owl Went Out to Play

Tune: Five Little Ducks

One night owl went out to play

Under the moon so far away.

They had such enormous fun,

They called for another owl to come!

HOOT! HOOT!

Repeat: 2… 3… 4…

Five night owls went out to play

Under the moon so far away.

They had such enormous fun,

They played until they saw the sun!

CREDIT: ORIGINAL

Some of the owls in this clip art set have glasses and some do not. This makes for another great counting early math moment! You can also count and compare how many owls are on the top vs. bottom branches.

Sometimes a bat (another nocturnal animal) comes instead of the last owl. The kiddos always enjoy this surprise!

You can also count down:

Five Hoot Owls

Five hoot owls sitting in a tree.

One flew away! How many do you see?

4… 3… 2… 1

CREDIT: SUNFLOWER STORYTIME

With bigger kids (preschool and up), I like to use these owls with a silly rhyme.

rhyming owls

Screenshot: Four owls sit on two tree branches. The speech bubble reads “shoe.”

Little Baby Owls

Little baby owls learning how to “hoo.”

They flap their wings and then say… “shoe!”

Repeat with other rhyming words

The kids always get such a kick out of the owls saying poo:

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I always end with blank speech bubbles and invite the audience to contribute their own rhyming words:

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Please note that these screen flannel slideshows were presented to children primarily ages 4-9 in my Preschool and Family Evening Storytimes. I still prefer the flexibility and tactile element to flannelboards and plan to make a new felt baby owl set ASAP!


Flannel Friday is sharing Extreme Makeovers all fall long! Give an old flannel a fresh look and share via the Flannel Friday Tumblr. Submissions will be rounded up and shared in December. New to Flannel Friday? Learn more here!

1 thought on “Flannel Friday: Baby Owls Makeover”

  1. Where would I get the patterns for the Owl Patterns. Please let me know as soon as possible. My email is cherylannn05@gmail.com. Thank You. Cherylann.

    On Fri, Nov 26, 2021 at 1:06 PM Storytime in the Stacks wrote:

    > Jessica @ Storytime in the Stacks posted: “Some makeovers are driven by > necessity, not inspiration! Such is the case with this recent screen > adaptation of one of my favorite flannel sets. I seem to have misplaced a > flannel crate during our house move and didn’t realize it until I was in > DIRE need ” >

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