Owls

Come and have fun with our owl theme for kids! Enjoy our colouring pages, crafts and printables below...

Tawny Owl
Tawny owl

There are many different kinds of owls, all birds of prey, hunting small mammals, insects and other birds (and some owls hunt fish). Owls tend to keep to themselves and are mostly nocturnal. They have large forward-facing eyes and have to turn their whole head to look to the side. The smallest owl is the Elf owl, which is only about 13cm long, while the largest are the  Eurasian Eagle Owl and Blakiston's Fish Owl which can reach 70cm long and have a wingspan of over 2 metres! There are five species of owl in Britain: the British barn owl, tawny owl (pictured above), little owl, short-eared owl and long-eared owl.

Fun fact: a group of owls is called a "parliament".

A Wise Old Owl

Why do we think of owls as "wise"? In Greek mythology, the owl was associated with the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom. In fact, the city of Athens is named after Athena, and its emblem is the owl. There is also an old English poem about a "wise old owl" - you can find it (with a printable poster) below.

Owl Colouring Pages
Find one of our habitat-style owl colouring pages for older kids to enjoy. We've got more owl...
Owl Crafts
Here's a collection of owl crafts for kids that all ages will enjoy, using simple materials...
Owl Printables
Owl bookmarks, owl jigsaws, an owl template, owl acrostic poem printables - and lots more fun on...
Owl Worksheets
We've got three lovely handwriting worksheets using the word OWL, as well as a fun fact-finding...

Barn owl

Owl Footage

Charming (funny) little animation about owls

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Owls In Literature

Here's a well known old English nursery rhyme:

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

You can find a printable version of this nursery rhyme above.

The Owl And The Pussycat, by Edward Lear

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