Halloween is right around the corner…and if your kids are anything like mine, they have been discussing costume needs and candy strategy at dinnertime already. Worthy points to consider, right? When I’m planning for Halloween, I like to start with art projects, special books and treats…because I don’t want to be tricked by how quickly the month races past.
Spooky Thrills: A Halloween STEAM project
What’s more thrilling than dissecting a dried piece of owl vomit?
Well, nearly nothing to most kids. But what do you do with what you find inside that owl pellet?
We have collected the bones and identified the parts. The teeny, tiny parts have spent time in ziploc baggies until I finally tossed them. Over the summer we did this cool solar print.
And then a spooky spark of an idea: what about a Halloween STEAM project?
An Owl Pellet Mandala
A mandala is a geometric pattern that is radially symmetrical–that just means the design looks pleasing to the eye and it is circular in shape. We find them in a lot of adult coloring books these days.
Today, our mandala is a piece of art made from the throw up of owls that will be worthy of Halloween (or everyday!) display.
I KNOW! Cool, right?!?
We source our pellets from Amazon and along with those, you will need air dry or regular clay, something to cut out a circle in your clay and tweezers for arranging purposes.
Once you have dissected the owl pellet, identified the various bones and other detritus, grab some clay.
Roll it out to about an inch to an inch and a half thickness.
Cut the clay into a circle.
Arrange the bits and pieces of undigested bones and such into a spooktacular mandala design. (Just from experience, the bones work best; fur does not stay put too well in the clay.)
Allow your art to air dry.
For extra fun, a layer or two of spray paint will add a bit of pizzaz to it all…I’m thinking black or gold.
Gross and GLAM!
Edible Owl Pellets
And speaking of gross…a favorite recipe we enjoy from time to time is edible owl pellets. Super easy recipe and your kids will think it is HILARIOUS to make and share.
Throwing a Halloween Poetry Teatime?!? This will be an outrageous addition.
Recipe for Edible Owl Pellets:
Melt ¼ cup butter, ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup of milk and 1 T of cocoa on the stovetop. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add ⅓ cup of chunky peanut butter and stir until it melts into the mix. Add ½ cup of old fashioned oats, ½ cup of broken pretzel sticks, and ½ cup of raisins, chocolate chips or butterscotch chips along with ¼ c of shredded coconut.
On parchment covered cookie sheet, spoon out owl pellets to cool. Allow to cool in fridge for an hour or so.
Enjoy some grossly delightful owly goodness! YUM!