Hungry Owl


Hungry Owl  – What can you catch while you fly on silent wings?


  • A stick about 2 feet long, a dowel or even a wooden spoon with a long handle
  • A piece of string, 2-3 feet long
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper clips
  • A small magnet
  • Magazines to cut out or blank paper and markers or crayons.  Ideally one piece of paper is a bit stiffer, such as card stock
  • An adult to help out!

What to do:

  1. Get an adult to help you
  2. Look at the owl chart and decide which owl you want to be
  3. Find a picture of that owl in a magazine, or even better, draw your own on the piece of card stock and cut it out!
  4. Look at the owl chart and figure out what kind of food your owl eats.  
  5. Find a picture of that animal in a magazine, or even better, draw your own and cut it out!  Note:  You may want to make at least two of each animal so you have more food to catch!  Make sure your animals aren’t too big so that your owl has an easier time catching them.
  6. Using tape, attach a paperclip to the back of each of your small animals, but not your owl
  7. Using tape, attach the magnet to the back of the owl
  8. Tie one end of the string to one end of your stick.  Securely tape the other end to the front of your owl.  It should look like you’ve made a fishing pole, with your owl and magnet serving as the hook!
  9. Spread your animals out on the floor, face up.  See if you can have your owl swoop down and ‘catch’ it’s dinner!
  10. Troubleshooting tips:  Check to see that your magnet is strong enough to lift the paper animals.  Try a stronger magnet, or make your animals smaller.  

Great Horned OwlBarred OwlSnowy Owl
What They Eat



For more information about owls:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a lot of information on their All About Birds website

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