Bird Study Unit

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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.

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 like the Kids Bird Guide of North America for older kids.

We like Birds by Kevin Henkes for younger children.

 

 

 

We also found a lot of online resources to help us learn more about our bird friends.

For the younger kids, we went on a virtual trip to the San Diego Zoo. You can check out more fun bird activity ideas at How Stuff Works.

For the older kids, we found some great resources. We played some Bird Learning Games and visited the The Cornell Lab of Orinthology.

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.

Bird Mobile Craft for Kids
Bird Mobile Craft for Kids

For more Bird Craft Activity ideas you can visit DLTK’s Bird Crafts Activities for Children.

We also found that 3 Dinosaurs has some awesome Bird printables that are to be used with children from 2 to 7.

What are some ways that your children enjoy exploring our bird friends?

 

 
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28 Comments




  1. Love this info!! I would so like to take a bird class on the ones that are all around my area. I love those little guys and would like to know more about what to do for their habitat here in my yard.

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    1. Thank you for hosting the creative Thoughtful Spot!

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  2. That’s a great idea with the bird app! We have the Peterson app and were just playing around with it today. I’ll have to take it on our nature walk this week and have some fun with the kids!

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  3. My son is loving that bird video! Thanks for linking up at MeetUp Monday, and hope to see you again next week!

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    1. I’m glad your son likes it! 🙂

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  4. My girls love birds! We are going to have to use this in our tot school next time! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest party. I have pinned to the Bloggers Brags Broad and my homeschooling Broad.

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    1. Birds are worthy of obsession. 🙂 For some reason owls seem to be a popular bird with the small ones. Does your daughter have a favorite?

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    1. It’s a great way for dads to enjoy outdoor time with the kids.

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  5. Thanks for the idea! I’m always on the lookout for ways to teach our 2.5 year old. Games, printables and books work well with him.

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    1. That’s great! 3 Dinosaurs has that awesome printable bird pack that we mentioned.

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  6. I loved these ideas, especially the bird mobile. Its awesome and looks easy to pull off. My daughter love owls probably bcoz she gets to see those printed cutely everywhere. But yes once she starts to understand what we are exactly talking about, I would love to help her explore more about birds

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    1. Owls are awesome, I can understand why your daughter likes them. 🙂 There are some cute crafts for younger kids that we linked to. She may like trying them out.

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  7. Love these ideas! That Audobon App sounds so cool! Next time we go on a nature walk, we should try it out. We often make bird feeders so we can watch and identify the birds that come around-when the squirrels aren’t stealing the food.

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    1. It was fun using the bird app. Squirrels are a problem but we have a bigger problem with the rats. We keep trying “rat proof” feeders but they don’t really work. Have fun with your bird watching this summer!

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  8. The bird mobile turned out so nicely! I have such an affinity for birds (especially birds of prey) having grown up in a house backing onto greenbelt. I will have to check out this app and also the book you recommended for younger kids. I may get the Nat Geo one for myself! Lol.

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    1. How lucky that you grew up next to a greenbelt. The Audubon App is amazing but there are free ones that are also good.

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  9. My son loved making birdhouses.. I havent created one with my daughter yet! You have some great ideas here!

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    1. Thanks, bird watching is a lot of fun!

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  10. We will definitely be doing this in the summer! I am always looking for ideas to get the kids engaged in nature. I love the game too! I can see that one being played over and over and over 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Susan. The Chickadees game is a great way to run off some energy.

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