Birds

Birds

Activity

Materials Needed

 

 Introductory Activity

 

 

 

 Focused Activity 

 

 

·       Pictures of birds and non-birds (available for download)

 

 Bonus Challenge I

 

  • 1/8 cup of corn syrup
  • 1 cup of bird seed mixture
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 60ml of water
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw
  • Twine/string/yarn
  • Tray
  • Spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Bird watching checklist (available for download)

 

 

 Bonus Challenge II

 

 

 

 

 Sensory Play

 

 

 

  • Empty container
  • Uncooked oats
  • Coloured feathers
  • Toy bird figurines
  • Brown paper bag
  • Twigs and sticks
  • Bird cut outs printable (available for download)
  • Scoopers or spoons
  • Double-sided tape

 

Introduction : Birds

Objectives

  1. Develop observation skills through bird-watching

  2. Develop colour recognition skills

  3. Develop eye-hand coordination through a pasting activity

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print out the bird-watching checklist

  • Print and cut out the feather images from the printable

  • Print the activity sheet

 

Activity 1:

  • Watch birds in action from a window in your house

  • During the bird-watching, discuss and describe what birds do

  • From the bird-watching checklist, tick off what you and your child have observed

    • Use this as a guide for your bird-watching discussion

 

Activity 2:

  • Complete the ‘Bird & Feather’ matching activity sheet

  • Match the coloured feather to the corresponding coloured bird and then paste it on the selected bird using glue

    • If you do not have coloured feathers at home, you may print and cut out the feathers from the attached printable

 

 

Focused Activity: Bird or Not?

Objectives

1. Sort one category of objects from an assortment of objects

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print and cut out pictures of different birds available for download.

 

Activity:

  • Invite your child to identify which animals are birds and which ones are not.

  • Extension: Yes or No Game

> Place the picture from the sorting game face down on the table.

> Have your child pick a card and hold it up so that others (in the family) can see it.

> The child may ask others questions and tries to guess which bird is on the card he/she picked. However, the group can only answer “yes” or “no”.

> Variation: For younger children, it may help to simply ask questions to determine if they picked a bird card or not.

 

Bonus Challenge I: Making Birdseed Bird Feeder Ornament

Objectives

  1. Create 3-dimensional bird feeder ornament from observation and imagination.

  2. Demonstrate good fine motor control by using cookie cutter to create shapes, threading twine through hole and handling tools with increasing competence.

 

Materials Needed

  • 1/8 cup of corn syrup

  • 1 cup of bird seed mixture

  • 1/2 cup of flour

  • 60ml of water

  • Parchment paper

  • Cookie cutters

  • Drinking straw

  • Twine/string/yarn

  • Tray

  • Spoon

  • Mixing bowl

  • Bird watching checklist (available for download)

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Introduce your child to the different materials required for making a birdseed feeder ornament. Allow him/her to observe the texture, smell etc of the different materials.

 

Activity:

  • Add all the ingredients except bird seed into a mixing bowl and add approximately 60ml of water, stir well until you get a dough-like texture.

  • Add the bird seed to the dough a little at a time and mix it in such that eventually the bird seed is mixed evenly into the dough.

  • Place the cookie cutter on parchment paper and fill it up with the dough mixture.

  • Insert the straw near the top of the cutter, this is where we will be threading the twine through. Leave to dry overnight.

  • Once it is dry, remove the straw and insert a twine through it, you can hang it outside your window!

  • You can also create bird feeders of various shapes using the excess mixture.

  • Extension: You may use the bird-watching checklist from the introductory activity and tick at it while you watch birds flock to your birdseed bird feeder ornament.

 

Bonus Challenge II: Parts of an Egg

Objectives

1. Use senses and simple tools to examine an egg (uncooked and cooked).

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Allow your child to feel the exterior of an egg using an magnifying glass, if you have.

 

Activity:

  • Break an egg at the breakfast table and introduce your child to the various sections of the egg (i.e. yolk, albumen, membrane)

  • Guide him/her in identifying the various sections of the egg and the sections on the sheet by coloring accordingly.

  • Extension: You may cook the egg after and show your child what happens once the egg is cooked (any method of cooking is fine).

 

Sensory Play : Bird Sensory Bin

Objectives

  1. Understand the concept of ‘a flock of birds’ by grouping birds together according to various characteristics

  2. Associate birds to their homes i.e. nests

 

Materials Needed

  • Empty container

  • Uncooked oats

  • Coloured feathers

  • Toy bird figurines

  • Brown paper bag

  • Twigs and sticks

  • Bird cut outs printable (available for download)

  • Scoopers or spoons

  • Double-sided tape

 

Directions

Prep:

  • If you do not have toy bird figurines at home, you may cut out the birds from the printable attached

  • Pour out uncooked oats into an empty container for play

  • Bury the bird figurines in the oats for your child to find them later

 

Activity 1:

  • Invite your child to find the birds hidden in the oats

  • Child may use the scoopers/spoons to rake away the oats in order to find the hidden birds

  • After finding all the birds in the sensory bin, prompt child to group the birds according to the following suggested categories

    • type

    • size

  • Explain that when birds appear in a group, it is called ‘a flock of birds’

 

Activity 2:

  • Make the bird nest using the brown paper bag

    • Open up the paper bag and roll the top down until you reach close to the bottom of the paper bag

    • Then flip the bag inside out

  • Stick some double-sided tape onto the sides of the paper bag nest

  • Place the paper bag nest along with some sticks and twigs into the sensory bin

  • Invite child to complete the nest by sticking the twigs and sticks onto the sides of the nest (where the double-sided tape strips are)

  • Once the nest is complete, prompt child to place the bird figurines in the nest

    • Explain that birds have homes called nests

    • Challenge child to fit as many bird figurines as he/she can into the paper bag nest without squashing any bird

    • Then, count the number of birds that are in the nest