This week you and your child will learn about birds! This is a great lesson any time of the year, but springtime you’ll see the most activity, especially early spring before the trees have fully leafed out.
Your Child Can Learn:
- All birds lay eggs
- All birds have feathers
- The bird’s beak is shaped just right for the type of food they eat.
- Birds come in different colors, shapes, and sizes
- Birds make a variety of sounds. Some of them sound like they are singing.
- Birds live everywhere: mountains, valleys, forests, meadows, the seashore, deserts, and even in the arctic.
Birds are Fascinating to Watch
They are wild creatures, yet often found right in our own backyard. If we feed them, we encourage them to return to our homes, making it easier to observe them. Add a birdbath, and you’ll have hours of fun watching them splash in it. You may wish to feed them all summer long, but then taper off and stop altogether in the fall unless you plan to fill the feeders clear through the winter. They may chose not to migrate south if they find food plentiful at your feeder, so if you stop feeding them, they could suffer.
If you know of anyone who has an incubator, watching eggs hatch is a wonderful experience. You can order chicken eggs online, or at a farm supply store or feed mill. More towns and cities are now allowing a few chickens in the backyard, perhaps because of the poor economy, or because more people are concerned about the quality of their food. Otherwise, make arrangements beforehand on where you can keep the chickens before they hatch.
Visit the Decorah Eagles online! There is a live video feed up in their nest, broadcasting 24/7. Watch the male and female eagles as they care for their young. This fascinating broadcast may be the most addicting screensaver yet.
In the links below, you will find a list of suggested picture books. Look for them in your library first, then you may wish to purchase a few to add to your child’s collection. These books have all received a “five-star” rating from the parents and grandparents who own them. Following the books are some interesting yet optional items for this unit on birds. Next are links to preschool worksheets. Print them off if you wish to do these activities with your child. Ignore them if your child is not yet ready for pencil and paper activities. Finally, there are some links to the songs for this week, if you don’t already know them; a link to pictures of various bird nests, and a recipe for egg-drop soup.
Five-Star Picture Books:
- Three Little Birds by Cedella Marley & Gerald Hausman
- Busy Birdies (A Busy Book) by John Schindel
- Flap Your Wings by P.D. Eastman
- Birds by Kevin Henkes
- Bird Calls (Hear and There Books) by Frank Gallo
- The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman
- Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
- Common Birds and Their Songs (Book and CD) by Lang Elliott
- About Birds: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill
- Birds, Nests & Eggs by Mel Boring
- Bald Eagle (Walter Lorraine Books)
- My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell
Quality Products for your Preschooler (optional)
- Gardman USA Wild Bird Feeding Kit
- Audubon Singing Bird Clock
- Bird Bingo by Channel Craft
- Eeboo Counting Birds Wall Cards
- Birdson Identiflyer Portble Audio Birdsong Guide
- Bushnell Natureview Prism Birding Binoculars
- Letter N coloring page
- N is for nest writing worksheet
- Letter N worksheet #2
- Number 5 worksheet
- Shapes: Oval
- Bird in a Nest cutting practice
- Pictures of Bird Beaks
- Five little Ducks song
- The Sparrow song
- Pictures of Various Bird Nests
- Online Bird Jigsaw puzzles
- Egg Drop Soup Recipe
Lesson Plans for Feathered Friends week
Top: photo by Alex Murphy
Bottom: photo by Tatiana Gerus