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10 Aug, 2013

Keepin’ kids busy! Idea #2 totally rocks

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|File under crafty|Oh! Things!

It all started yesterday when I doodled on a rock and gave it to my youngest daughter.

First, there was a family of rock owls in a cardboard nest:

Found a nest! A special breed of rock owl!

And then there was a homeless family who found themselves out on the street (clearly victims of the increased amount of development and decimation of trees in our neighbourhood):

Someone had an idea!

(Sidebar: the youngest actually put these out on the sidewalk near our house and was spying out the window to see if anyone would adopt an owl or two. She saw a little boy and his family pass by, take one, and then pose for a photo with it! So cute.)

After that our owls started to multiply like crazy. Small owls, big owls, baby owls, boss owls!

Adding more rock owls to the family!

Frankly I think we may have run out of rocks.

If you try this wee crafty idea I’d love to see your rock owls! Share your link below if you do!

4 Responses to "Keepin’ kids busy! Idea #2 totally rocks"

1 | Sarah McCormack

August 11th, 2013 at 8:13 pm


love this! do you remember “pet rocks”…… kinda remind me of that!

over here, we are busy making crafts with all the sea shells we collected in PEI.. so many ideas but we’ll see how many get done. I brought some frames with us to PEI and we decorated with shells..now we are planning to paint the inside of some of the big shells..copying something we saw in a gift shop there!

anyhow, thanx for the inspiration!

2 | Sarah McCormack

August 11th, 2013 at 8:58 pm


p.s. the sign outside with the owls is so freaking cute! what a lovely idea!

3 | Javamom

August 12th, 2013 at 7:34 am


So now I have a purpose to head to the pebble beach with the kidlets and get some white smooth rocks to make a baby owl family!

4 | andrea tomkins

August 12th, 2013 at 9:36 am


Yes! They are like pet rocks! And I bet you can’t just make one! :)

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