Birds

Birdsbird

Objective: Children will learn the characteristics of birds and compare with other animals.
Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of birds and other types of animals from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Make word cards for the words, Birds, Animals, Yes, and No.
  • Gather the following materials:
    • Pine cone
    • Paper plate
    • Butter knife
    • Smooth peanut butter
    • Birdseed
    • Ribbon or yarn
    • Scissors
  • Suggested books:
      • Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman.
      • The Hungry Hummingbird by April Pulley Sayre.
      • Birds by Carolyn MacLulich

Lesson:
Read a book then discuss the characteristics of birds while showing pictures.

Characteristics of birds:

  • All birds are warm-blooded.
  • Have feathers.  (Only birds have feathers.)
  • Have wings.
  • Lay eggs.
  • Have 2 legs.
  • Have a beak.
  • Have no teeth.

Activities:

Play the Yes and No game with pictures of different animals.  “Is this a bird?” Then place the animal on the yes or no pile.  This gives an opportunity to discuss characteristics of different animals.

Make a bird feeder:

  1. Cut a long length of yarn to hang the bird feeder.
  2. Put a piece of tape on the yarn with the child’s name on it.
  3. Tie the yarn in a knot around the pine cone near the top.
  4. Tie a knot in the end of the yarn so it can be hung up outside.
  5. Use the butter knife to get a large clump of peanut butter on the paper plate.
  6. Use the knife to spread peanut butter inside the pine cone and around the edges.
  7. Put birdseed on a plate.
  8. Roll the pine cone in the birdseed that is on the plate.
  9. Hang the bird feeder on a tree.

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