Birds are all around us, all the time. From common birds such as blackbirds, sparrows, and pigeons, to less common (or less likely to be seen) birds such as owls, hawks, and eagles, our world is filled with birds.
Their prominence in the world around us makes learning about birds fun for all ages. Here are a few ideas for fun, hands-on activities you can use to teach your child about birds.
- Make a bird-watching book. Have your child help you research the birds that can be found in your area, print out pictures, and make a bird-watching book by pasting the pictures into a notebook with space to write beside each. Then go bird-watching together! With your child’s help, write down when and where you found each bird, and any other interesting details you noticed.
- Build a birdhouse. Discuss the purpose of a bird’s nest (safety, laying eggs, and raising young), and how different types of birds build their nests. Then help your child to build a birdhouse that could house a nest and keep its occupants safe from the weather. This could be anything from a milk carton birdhouse to a wooden kit you buy at the store. Once the birdhouse is done, hang it in the garden with some birdseed inside and see if any birds come to visit your bird B&B!
- Make a bird feeder. A bird feeder is easy to make with nothing more than a pine cone, some peanut butter, and birdseed. Help your child pick out a large pine cone that will work well for this project. Tie a string to the stem of the pine cone — do this now so you don’t have to do it once the pine cone is all gooey! Then show your child how to smear peanut butter on the pine cone, covering the entire thing, and roll it in the birdseed. Hang the bird feeder in the garden for the birds to enjoy, and encourage your child to watch from the window for hungry winged visitors.
- Learn about bird anatomy (with show and tell). For an activity that is a little more science-based, talk about bird anatomy with your child. Feel free to buy books, visit the library, or do research on the Internet with your child, too. Talk about different shapes of beaks, wings, and feet, and what purposes each serve for that bird. Also discuss types of feathers and their purposes; you can use real feathers to show the differences. Haven’t seen any feathers on your walks lately? You can get them at craft stores, from bird-owning friends, or even from a down jacket or pillow.
Children love to learn about the world around them, and birds are just one part of that world. If you want your child’s school to encourage this love of learning, you’ve come to the right place! Take a tour of the Montessori program at Mission Valley Montessori today to see how our curriculum is designed to support and develop your child’s natural curiosity through hands-on learning.