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Hoo Do You Love?

My daughter loves birds, owls especially. And Valentine’s Day is a time for sharing the love so we were very inspired by these Valentine’s Day Owls from Molly at Mommy Coddle.

Owls are a perfect animal for Valentine’s Day because while most owls have round facial discs, the barn owls (sometimes called “monkey-faced”) have heart-shaped facial discs.

We modified the design two years ago to create this owl, which is mainly my cutting and my then-two-year-old-daughter’s pasting:

We decided to revisit the craft this year now that my daughter is four and can participate more in the design and cutting. She wanted to create an owl entirely out of hearts so we modified the craft further. I think it would be fun to create other animals entirely or mostly out of heart shapes.


  • construction paper in Valentine’s Day colors (pink, red, white, lavender) – you can also use Valentine’s Day stickers
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • glue


1. Trace a large heart for the body.  Do the same for a smaller heart for the face.  You will also need smaller hearts of various colors for eyes, pupils, wings, feet, and you may use a heart or a triangle for the beak. You could cut the smaller hearts out of paper or use heart-shaped stickers.  (Tip: If you fold the paper in half and trace half the heart, you will have a symmetrical heart.)

2. Cut out the hearts, starting with the body.

3. Arrange the features on the owl to make sure everything is the way you want it.

4. Glue the wings to the back of the owl body.

5. Glue the face to the owl body.

6. Arrange the facial features (eyes, pupils, beak) on the face.

7. Glue the feet to the body.

Valentine’s Day Picture Book

We paired this craft with a sweet story by Felicia Bond, Day It Rained Hearts. A little girl with the whimsical name, Cornelia Augusta, collects hearts that fall from the sky. Creatively, she crafts Valentines that suit each of her friends perfectly. The bunny, for example, receives a heart with a fluffy cotton ball glued to the middle.  My children are absolutely delighted and inspired by Cornelia Augusta’s art projects.

Educational Connections

  • Geometry / Art: What other shapes can you find in nature? Try to make another animal out of shapes!
  • Mathematics (Advanced): Learn about the shapes that tend to appear in nature and the mathematical rules that govern some of them, such as fractals (rivers, lightening strikes, coastlines, etc.) or Fibonacci sequences (nautilus shells, sunflower seeds, pine cones).
  • Ecology: Barn owls have a heart-shaped facial disc.  Why is an owl’s facial disc important?  Find out more about owls and their role in the eco-system and their interactions with humans.

Visit our post about Beaded Heart Ornaments for more cultural and historical educational suggestions for Valentine’s Day.

Shared at: Sunday Science and Sunday Best at No Time for Flashcards and Show and Tell at ABC and 123 and Tot Tuesdays at My Delicious Ambiguity and stART.

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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15 Responses to "Hoo Do You Love?"

  1. candaceapril candaceapril says:

    TY 4 sharing our V-Day owl! RT @teach_preschool: Whooo Do You Love?… #ece #preschool #teachpreschool
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  2. Teach_Preschool Teach_Preschool says:

    @candaceapril My pleasure – thank you for a great article!
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  3. FamFunBlog FamFunBlog says:

    These Valentine owls made w/hearts are SO cute!!! via @candaceapril –>… #kids #crafts
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  5. candaceapril candaceapril says:

    @famfunblog @Lazoo4U TY for sharing our heart owls for Valentine’s!
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  6. Lazoo4U Lazoo4U says:

    @candaceapril @famfunblog they rock!!! doug at
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  7. Laurie says:

    This is a great owl. :o) We just borrowed a book from the library that you would love. It’s called “My Heart is Like a Zoo” by Michael Hall. The illustrations are reminiscent of Lois Ehlert, and they’re all different animals made completely out of hearts!

  8. Candace says:

    Laurie – Thank you for the idea! It is checked out at our branch but I have it on request now from another library in the county. I was able to view a few pages on Amazon and saw a YouTube “preview” of the book and it looks great!

  9. He is super cute!

    I would love for you to link this recipe to my Virtual Valentine’s Day Party.

  10. maryanne says:

    This owl is SO adorable! We just borrowed a book about making all sorts of animals using hearts from the library tonight =)

  11. Janelle says:

    So, does your daughter have an animal friend to send her valentine to, like the girl in the book? What a wonderful job cutting and pasting. I love the heart owl and I know my daughter would love making one.

  12. Ticia says:

    I think that book is absolutely adorable.

    And so is her owl. I need to let my kids do more cutting.

  13. Candace says:

    Our animal friends are mostly our kitties…though we do have some owl friends at a local bird rehabilitation center we like to visit!

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  15. OWEN's mawmaw says:

    This is perfect for my grandson OWEN to make for his mommy, who loves owls!