Pre-writing Craft for Kids: Scratch Art Owl


It is an exciting milestone when kids begin mark making on paper, themeselves, or even the wall.... Well, perhaps when the latter happens a happy face and exclaims of excitement are the last on your mind, but the act of holding a crayon, pencil, or marker and "writing" is a big deal for little kids!

I try to present my kiddos with a lot of opportunities to make marks whether it is with chalk, on a paper, or in a writing tray.
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owl craft for kids

Right now we are in this "phase" with my 3 year old that if he is left alone with a marker, he typically emerges with lines all over his face, hands, and legs.
"What did you do?" we all ask.
He proudly states, "I'm a tiger" and gives a loud roar!

Yes, it has happened more times than I'd like to admit.

Alas, today we are sharing a fun mark making activity minus the markers!

This week's Virtual Book Club's chosen book is Owl Babies.  With a few materials, your child can practice making marks with this fun Scratch Art Owl craft.


I mixed a little bit of dish soap in a small cup with black paint.

Not sure if that step is necessary as some online tutorials did mix dish soap and paint, and some did not.  Nonetheless, we did.

Next, cut out an owl shape from the glitter scrapbook paper and cover with the paint and soap mixture.

owl craft for kids

Cover the owl shape with paint and let it dry completely.

pre-writing craft for kids

Once dried, take a blunt craft stick and begin decorating your owl.

Make circle eyes, triangle beak, lines for feathers, etc.

Make wavy lines.
Straight lines.

Encourage your child to make marks wherever they'd like!

This is a wonderful pre-writing activity for young children who are not ready to start writing letters and numbers.

A great way to make writing fun!

owl craft

From far away, it is hard to see the scratch art detail in the owls. But I love the glimmer of the glitter paper if you put the owl in direct light from the sun.

Turned out so pretty!

If you'd like a more colorful owl, read the Scratch Art tutorial at Artful Parent!

Owl Craft for Kids

Enjoy building an owl themed book basket with these titles:
Owl Babies
Owl Moon
Little Owl's Day
Goodnight, Owl
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

And have fun filling up your week with more fun owl themed activities from members of The Virtual Book Club:


Alphabet Roll and Colour from Sea of Knowledge


Owl Babies Counting Activity from Clare’s Little Tots
Owl’s Day Ordering Activity from My Storytime Corner
Owl Counting Playdough Mats from Preschool Powol Packets
Owl Babies Shape Activity for Preschoolers – You Are Here

Shape Activity from Rainy Day Mum


Owl Eye Sight STEM Activity from J Daniel4’s Mom
Build a Nest STEM Activity from Views From a Step Stool


Owl Puppets from Powerful Mothering

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