Our bird science activities are based on learning about the life cycle and the habitat of our garden birds (very similar to UK garden birds). We have chosen three so that we were not rushed, but there are plenty more to peruse over on our Pinterest page.
The first of our bird science activities involved making a nest, learning about how the birds might do this and what they would require. We went on a scavenger hunt first for good materials. This involved a lot of discussing about what was good to use. We came back with dry leaves, twigs, long grasses, moss and evergreen leaves. They wanted feathers too (which we had to use from the craft box, since there was not one to be found on the ground), and we also added string. The trio the thought about shapes and sizes for their nests, thinking about the birds that visit our garden. They came up with some really cosy nest constructions which they then chose where to place in the garden. Now we just need to wait and see if anyone takes up residence in them.
The second of our bird science activities involved providing nesting materials for our birdie friends. We have a bird feeder in the garden, so we collected our materials and hung them onto it so that they were easy for the birds to find. A good way of doing this is to cut two rings from a loo roll inner, then make a cross over with them. Pop the supplies inside loosely and hang with string. We are due a very wet week here, so we just used string to secure ours, but still loosely enough for the birds to remove them. We hung up all our left overs as we had already decided what made good supplies. One thing that can be added to this is pet fur. We had a border collie this time last year, and back then we put his fur that I had brushed off him into an empty coconut shell feeder for our UK birds to take 🙂 It must’ve made very cosy bedding!
Our last activity was learning about the life cycle of the bird. For this I had cut out some pictures, and the boys (big sister knew this and was quite happy watching) had to rearrange them into the right order. The pictures were a bird, a bird’s empty nest, a nest with eggs in, a cracked egg, an egg with a bird emerging, a bird feeding its babies, and a young bird flying off. Whilst doing this they were going to be telling me what was going on in the pictures. It worked really well. We then chatted a little more in depth to involve big sister more. We introduced words like embryo, incubation, hatching, and fledgling into the process.
We’ve got a lot more to do this week on this subject, so if you are enjoying what we’ve done so far, keep an eye out for the rest! There are also a lot more bird related activities on our Pinterest page, so go and take a look 🙂