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Preschool Bird Activities

Looking for fun, free and developmentally appropriate preschool activities? Try this week’s bird themed activities at home.

THE LITTLE BIRD

Invite your child to act out this rhyme:

Once I saw a little bird
Come hop, hop, hop;
So I cried, “Little bird,
Will you stop, stop, stop?”
And was going to the window
To say, “How do you do?”
But he shook his little tail,
And far away he flew.

BIRD WATCHING

  • Go on a BIRD WATCHING WALK in the neighborhood. Look for birds, bird feeders, and nests. You might want to take a camera along and take pictures to look at later.
  • Set up a BIRD WATCHING STATION. Outside a window, place bird feeders where you can see them from the window or simply sprinkle seed on the ground or on a patio. Provide water to help attract birds.
  • Inside, by the window, include:
  • Bird charts to record the birds that you see.
  • Clipboards to add interest and give children a feeling of being scientists.
  • Dry-erase markers, paper and pencils to record observations and draw pictures of the birds.
  • Bird pictures

Record visitors to your bird watching station or birds that you see on a walk.

OBSERVING BIRDS

  • Do the birds you see eat alone or in groups?
  • Do certain birds eat only certain things? How do birds eat seeds?
  • Talk about the way birds move.
  • Ask children to imitate birds walking, hopping, bobbing, flying.
  • How do birds take off to fly? Can you hear the “take off” sounds?
  • Observe the shapes of their bodies and their colors.
  • Talk about the bird’s legs and feet, their wings, beaks, and heads.
  • How is a bird’s foot shaped?