EYFS – Owl Babies

We have a treat for you Nursery and Reception … Listen to Patrick from Penguins read an extract from one of his new books called ‘YUCK!’ How amazing is he! What a superstar! 🙂

So far we have put up 11 pictures.

Here’s another 2, thanks to Lucienne and Joseph. Well Done! 🙂 

So what are YOU waiting for? Send, Send, Send to see some more!  🙂


Check out this beady eye here! It’s Mrs McGill. 

Can you pull tongues to the side like our very own Mrs Owen?

LUCIENNE has been researching and exploring different habitats. Check out this underwater one! 


Ciaran from Nursery with his SUPER INVENTIVE owl eggs! How CREATIVE is that! It looks yummy too! 



          • Another little treat for you all is this video from Mrs Horscroft. It is an update on the tadpoles! 
          • Here are some you looking out for tadpoles and frogs too!
  • Let’s start today with a lovely story from the ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ collection. It is called ‘Otters Antics’ following on from last week’s learning. 

  • Jump up on your feet because it’s time to exercise 
  • Before we start with our phonics work, Did you know that today is INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY! Here is  a range of activities for you to get stuck in the mud! 🙂 

Mud Activities for Kids

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  • Now let’s jump into our PHONICS! 
  • RECAP TIME: Can you remember the focus sound from last week?

That’s right ‘er’. 

  • Can you remember some words with the er sound in words?
  • Repeat the words in the video aloud and then write them down on paper in any way, just like Arthur did one time with the sh sound. 

  • Now we are going to learn a new sound. So let’s dive right in to discover the ‘ow’ sound.

Now have a go at these different activities. If you don’t have a printer, you can write the words and draw the pictures.

  • Here are some ow flashcards. Can you sound them out?       


  • OW FISHING GAME: Print the OW flashcards. Place a paperclip on each OW flashcard. Use a magnet tied to a string, ideally passed through a straw to create a fishing rod. Children take turns to fish and read. Write down their catch.


  • WORDSEARCH: Can you find all the words in this OW wordsearch? 


  • OW HOPSCOTCH GAME: Draw a hopscotch with 8 boxes. Instead of numbers in the boxes write the ow words in chalk. Each player has a marker such as a stone or button. The first player stands behind the starting line to toss the marker in square one. READ the word in square one. Then hop over square one to square two and then continue hopping to square eight, turn around, and hop back again, picking up the marker and READING the word again on the way back. Then continue by tossing the stone and READING the word in square two.
  • COLOUR AND READ: This game is all about recognising real and nonsense words. This can be done as a colouring in sheet as they sound out each word and decide if it is real or nonsense or it can be turned into a game by cutting up the words, turning a word card over, sounding it out, deciding if it is real or nonsense. If it real they can keep it, if it is nonsense they can scrunch it up and throw it into a bin (cup/ bowl/ bucket)

OW Colour-by-Phoneme-Real-and-Nonsense-Words

  • ROLL AND READ: This is one of my favourites. Roll a dice, look at what number you land on and read the matching word. Then colour it in with a highlighter or a light coloured pencil.


  • PHONEME SPOTTER: Read the story and colour in the words with the focus sound ‘OW in it. How many can you find? You can colour in the pictures when you have found all of the words.

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  • LOOK AND LABEL: Look at the picture and write down what it is called using the word box below it. It is split up into sound boxes to help you.  Some of the words give your some letters to help you. Good Luck. 


  • Here is a workbook all about the sound ‘ow’. It includes reading, writing, colouring and drawing. 

ow workbook

  • SENTENCE READING & WRITING: Have a go at reading then copying the sentences and drawing a picture to match. Next play the Yes/ No game. Have fun!


WORDS: You have previously learnt the oi sound that comes in the middle of words. Now here is a little tricky CHALLENGE: Can you write the correct word under each picture – you have to decide if it is an ow word or an oi word! Good luck.


  • BOARD GAME: Have a go at the OW and OI sound board game. Roll a dice to move a number of spaces then sound out the word and blend together to read it. You can write this down to make a list of words you have landed on.


  • Here is the famous Mr Thorne and Geraldine the Giraffe. Watch this video and then go on a hunt around your house to try and find different items that have the ow sound in it. 

  • Let’s continue practicing our counting with this song.  

  • Did you have fun making your sock friend last week too? Here is a cool activity for counting in 2’s using lots of socks! 

  • Pot of Gold activity: Our Cosmic Yoga story today is called ‘Tallulah the Owlet’. Enjoy!

  • Now it’s nursery rhyme time/ Have you ever heard of this? It gives some wise advice! 

So far we have put up 16 pictures.

Here’s another one from Patrick in Penguins. He is concocting some potions! 

So what are YOU waiting for? Send, Send, Send in your work to see some more funny faces of our adults!  🙂

  • Click on this link below to listen to the story being read in different ways, including signing, by the Book Trust. 


  • Here’s a short clip of the author Martin Waddell discussing how he came up with the idea for Owl Babies

  • Our very own Mrs Horscroft has done a reading too with her daughter Gemma. Check it out below. 
  • The Owlets in this story miss their Mummy. How do you know they are feeling sad? Think about someone you have missed during this time. What do you miss about them? 
  • What other times have you felt sad? What makes you feel happy again?


  • Here are some comprehension questions that push children to find evidence in the text. I have attached photos of page of the book to support this. 

-How does the mother owl take care of her babies? (Evidence in the text: the nest description at the beginning, discussion about mother bringing back mice)

-What dangers might owls face in the woods? (Evidence in the text: “Or a fox got her!”)

-Why were the owls awake at night? (Connect to prior knowledge of nocturnal animals or to an informational read-aloud)

-Why did Sarah think all three owls should sit on her branch? (Inference: She felt they would be safer together or she was frightened and wanted her siblings close to her…)

-What are some differences between the mother owl and her babies? (Mother has brown feathers, babies have white down; mother hunts for food, babies stay at home; mother can fly, babies cannot fly yet)

-If you were one of the baby owls in this story, what would you have done when you found your mother was not home? (Use information from the book and personal experience to create an alternate plot.)

-Do you think it was a good idea for the baby owls to leave their hole and wait on the branches? Or should they have stayed inside? (Analyze and evaluate the story.)


  • Go through the book and talk about the size of the owls and where they are positioned. 
  • Have a go at this owl addition sheet.              Owl-Addition-Sheet-to-20


  • Can you write the story yourself using this book with pictures in for you to colour in too?             Story_book
Colour in this picture of an owl. Choose 1 colour for each 2D shape. 

Click here to print it off. 

owl shapes colouring

  • Watch this video from an owl to learn all about them. 

  • Now watch this to learn some owl facts. Ready, steady, listen! In this video they compare owls to us humans! It is interesting! 

  • Watch this video (up to 3:57) to learn 7 fun facts about owls! 

  • Listen to this owl song to learn some interesting facts about owls. 

  • Look and copy this video to learn how to draw an owl. It shows you it step by steps. Here are two pages that shows you how to draw an owl too. Click to see. 

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Look at these DETAILED drawings from Leo in Penguins. He is AMAZING! 🙂

Make your own owl using some paper and cupcake cases, just like this.

Or you can be creative and imaginative and use any spare materials you can find in your house to create your owl. 

Look at Isabel from Penguins. She has made a LOVELY family of owls and even took one to her local park to hang it on the tree! SUPER thinking! 🙂


  • OWLS are NOCTURNAL. Watch this to see what other animals Little Owl meets of a night. It is called ‘I’m not scared’ by Johnathon Allen. 

  • Watch this to learn what that means and about other animals that are nocturnal. 

  • Colour in these nocturnal animals.     
  • Watch this interesting story where the animals talk.

  • Would you rather be awake during the day or during the night? Why? 


  • Now listen to this story called ‘I’m not cute’ by Johnathon Allen too. 

  • Do you like the owl? Let’s write a list of adjectives (these are called describing words) about the owl. 


  • Now have a go at writing your own short story called  ” I’m cute when… “.  


  • Relax whilst listening to this story, ‘The Owl and the Guard Dog’.