Birds are not only fascinating animals but they are also one wild animal that just about every child will come into contact with in their life. Studying birds is a great way for kids to connect with nature. We decided to put together the activities and resources that we have used into a Bird Study Unit.
There are so many way to explore birds. Kids like to make bird feeders. Once the birds are attracted to the feeder have the kids observe the birds, draw pictures and identify what types of birds you see.
We had fun walking in the woods and identifying the birds we saw. Once we figured out what birds were nearby we used the Audobon Bird App to play the songs of the nearby birds that we had identified. We put the smart phone on the ground and crept away to watch. It was amazing to see the birds come close in response to the bird call we played. If you are interested, you can check out this list of Bird Apps.
Then we played Chickadees. Put the children in groups of 3 or 4. If you are in an area with nuts or pine cones around you can collect them for this game. Otherwise bring a bunch of nuts or small objects that they can collect. These objects represent bird food. Put the bird food around the area where you are playing. Then tell the groups of kids to each make their “home nest”. The idea of the game is for one team member to guard the nest while the other team members go out and try to gather or steal bird food to bring back to their nest. If an opposing team member tags you, you must drop any food that you may have collected and return to your nest. The team who collects the most food wins. After the game, talk about how much energy the chickadees used to collect and protect their food.
After bird watching outdoors it was time to do some research. We watched some videos and read some books.
We also found a lot of online resources to help us learn more about our bird friends.
After all the fun learning about birds we decided it was time to make a craft. We decided to make a Bird Mobile Craft. It was a great way to end our Bird Study Unit.
For more Bird Craft Activity ideas you can visit DLTK’s Bird Crafts Activities for Children.
What are some ways that your children enjoy exploring our bird friends?