You can do any of these tasks, in any order (but we've suggested a timetable).
Take as long as your little ones want for each task, let them use their imaginations!
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Bird Watching Day
My name is Sarah and I am an animal lady.
I visit schools, nurseries and care homes teaching people about animals.
This week is the Big Schools’ Bird Watch! Join in with celebrating the beauty of birds.
Today we are going to be talking about taking care of birds. We will be counting birds, making a bird feeder, making bird cake, and making our own binoculars to bird watch in our gardens.
Today we are going to learn all about birds, we have lots to learn so come and join me.
Birds can be seen everywhere. Our activity today is to sit by the window at home for 15 – 20 mins and look for different types of birds. You can count how many birds visit your garden or surrounding area.
Using the printable sheet support your child to count how many birds visit your garden or surrounding area where you live. Talk about the different types of birds, their colours and markings that you can see. You could also do this at your local park or when you have your daily walk. This supports children’s counting relating to real life objects and mark making and number recognition.
Make a Bird Feeder
In this session we are going to make a bird feeder.
You will need, an empty clean milk carton, string, paint, scissors, paint brush and bird seed.
This is a lovely activity to do together with your child. Decorate your bird feeder and talk about where you can hang it in your outdoor space.
This supports children’s knowledge and understanding of birds and how to care for them in our environment.
Let’s get messy and create another bird treat. You will need: some lard, bird seed and disposable gloves. You could use bread, unsalted peanuts, dried mealworm and raisins if you have any.
Children will love making this special treat for the birds. As you make your cake for the birds, talk about where you would like to hang the cake and which birds you might see coming to enjoy it. This activity supports children’s knowledge and understanding of what birds eat. It also supports them to develop their knowledge of birds in their locality.
Make Your Own Binoculars
Let’s make some binoculars to study the birds
For this session you will need: 2 toilet roll tubes, glue, card, scissors and string. Use crayons or felts to decorate and be as creative as you like.
This activity supports your child to explore the environment around them in an imaginative way. Once the binoculars are ready, go on a bird watching walk and watch the birds feeding from the items you have made together. This supports children’s experiential learning and language and communication about the environment around them.