2nd grade Pocket Owls

It’s a challenge to find a clay project that turns out great but is finished in 40 minutes or less.  It’s a little stressful (for the teacher – the kids loved it!) to finish that quickly, but everyone was able to finish and loved working with clay.  I can’t wait to show these to my 2nd graders.  Bonus – these cuties fit in your pocket!

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I got the idea from 4 Crazy Kings.  We started by rolling our pre-cut clay cubes into spheres.  Then we flattened them.  I realized after the 1st time we did the flattening that I needed to show them how to flatten.  Our first group’s pancakes turned out a little too flat.

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Once we flattened the clay, then I showed them how to make the belly feather pattern.  We finally got to put those marker tops whose markers have long since disappeared to good use!

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Then we folded over the wings from both outer sides (West and East) towards the center.  I saw in the One Crayola Short post that they smoothed the edges before folding them over.  Great idea!  We’re gonna do that the next time I teach this.

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Next, we folded over the top 1/4 to 1/3 of the owl to make the head.  Next time I teach this, I’m going to smooth out the edge at the top before folding.  Pinch the top corners to make the owl “ears” (purists call their ear-looking feathers plumicorns…you can impress your 2nd graders with your big science vocab!)

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Now for the eyes – time to use that marker-less top again.  It has two ends – a hollow end and a shallow end.  Use the shallow end because it has this built-in protruding part that perfectly puts a pupil in the middle of your owl’s eyes automatically.  And because we discovered that the hollow end can take out too much clay by accident if pushed too hard.

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Next we used some clay tools to make a different feather texture on our wings.  There were about 5 different tools, so all of the feather textures looked individual.  This same tool made the v-shaped beak with optional breathing holes.  I demo’ed how to use these tools in different ways and then I passed them out.

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Finally, we added some personality (swag) to our owls.  Glasses, a monocle, expressive eyebrows, and eyelashes made the list.  If we had even 5 more minutes, we could add even more, but they still turned out really cute.

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After they dried and were fired, we glazed them the next class period.  Enjoy making your very own parliament of owls!

 

 

 

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