April 10-16: Birds
Birds by Kevin Henkes Baby Einstein
Birds by Julie Aigner-Clark
Bird, Nest, and Eggs by Mel Boring
Fine Feathered Friends by Trish Rabe
Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massi
Are you My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
There is a Bird on your Head by Mo Willems
Materials: a variety of feathers
Description: Talk with your toddler about how birds have feathers. Show your toddler a feather and let them touch it. Ask them what it feels like. You can count feathers with your toddler. You and your toddler can also sort feathers by color.
Skills Targeted: sensory development, sorting, counting, color recognition, language development, understand that birds have feathers Birds Hunt:
Description: Talk with your toddler about birds. (birds live in nests, birds fly etc.) Take your toddler on a walk outside and have them try to find birds. You and your little one will have fun looking for birds flying in the sky or walking on the ground. You could count the birds that you see.
Skills Targeted: observe and explore, lanuage development, better understand birds and their habitats, counting
Paint with Feathers:
Materials: feather, paint, paper
Description: Talk with your little one about how birds have feathers. Let your toddler hold and explore the feather before they paint with it. Your little one will have a blast painting with their feathers.
Skills Targeted: sensory development, understand that birds have feathers, enhance creativity, language development Feather Collage:
Materials: a variety of feathers, glue, paper
Description: Provide a variety of feathers for your toddler to explore. They can make a collage by glueing their feathers onto a piece of paper. As they are doing this, talk about the colors of each feather. You and your toddler can also count the feathers that they glue on their paper.
Skills Targeted: sensory development, counting, color recognition, explore and observe, understand that birds have feathers
Materials: picture of a birds nests, small sticks, bark, pine needles (anything else that birds use to make a nest.), glue, paper
Description: Show your toddler a picture of a nest. Birds live in nests and lay their eggs there. Talk with your child about what birds use to build nests. Allow your toddler to explore the sticks, bark, pine needles etc. They can glue the objects to a piece of paper and make a collage.
Skills Targeted: sensory development, language development, better understand birds and their habitats, motor skill development Pretend Play:
Description: Encourage your child to pretend that they are a bird. Have them flap their arms and pretend like they are flying around your house. Teach your toddler what sounds a birds makes also.
Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and pretend play, motor skill development, better understand birds and how they move
*peanut butter may cause an allergic reaction. Do not do this activity if your child have peanut butter allergies.
Materials: bird seed, pine cone, peanut butter, popsicle stick
Description: Talk with your toddler about what birds eat. Let your toddler touch the bird seed. Explain to your toddler that they are going to make a bird feeder for the birds. Using a popsicle stick, let your toddler spread peanut butter all over the pine cone. Next, your little one can roll the pine cone in the bird seed. Tie a string to the bottom of the pine cone and hang it upside down to a tree outside. Over the week, take time to watch the birds eat from the bird feeder.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, sensory development, observe and explore, better understand birds and what they eat Bird Seed Fun:
Materials: And empty water bottle, bird seed
Description: Your little one will have a blast making their own bird seed shaker. Help them fill a water bottle with bird seed. Screw the cap on tight (you could even hot glue the cap on so that your toddler cannot get it off). Let your toddler have fun making noise with their new bird seed shaker.
Skills Targeted: sensory development, motor skill development Bird Seed Art:
Materials: Glue, bird seed, paper, paint brush
Description: Provide some glue in a bowl for your little one. Let them use a paintbrush and paint a design on their paper using the glue (or they could squeeze the glue to create designs all over the paper). Next sprinkle the bird seed all over the paper. Shake the paper, allowing the excess bird seed to come off. The seed will stick to the glue design that your little one painted. While you do this activity, talk to your toddler about what birds eat.
Skills Targeted: enhance creativity, better understand birds and what they eat, motor skill development, language development Bird Tracks:
Description: Take your little one to a park or beach where there is sand or dirt. Walk around with your toddler and see if you can find birds prints in the sand. Explain to your little on that they can make prints in the sand also. Have them walk through the sand and look at the tracks that they leave behind.
Skills Targeted: explore and observe, language development, sensory development, better understand birds
Songs and Fingerplays:
Five Little Birds:
Five little birds sitting on a fence.
One was hungry and flew to the store
Now there are only four.
Four little birds sitting on a fence
One was thirsty and flew to the sea
Now there are only three.
Three little birds sitting on a fence.
One got sad and cried boo-boo.
He flew off, Now there are two.
Two little birds sitting on a fence.
One was happy and ready for some fun.
He flew off, now there is one.
One little bird sitting on a fence.
And he's still sitting there! :-)
10 Little Birds:
1 little 2 little 3 little birds
4 little 5 little 6 little birds
7 little 8 little 9 little birds
10 little birds in a tree.
(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Birds have wings so they can fly,
They can fly,
they can fly.
Birds have wings so they can fly.
Birds have wings.
Birds have feathers on their bodies,
On their bodies,
on their bodies.
Birds have feathers on their bodies.
Birds have feathers.
Birds have beaks to help them eat,
Help them eat,
help them eat.
Birds have beaks to help them eat.
Birds have beaks.
Check out www.coloring.ws for some fun coloring pages of a variety of different birds.
Visit Sesame Street to watch videos all about birds.
Recipes and Snack Ideas:
Chow Mein Crunchy Noodles
Melt the butterscotch chips in a pot on low heat, stirring frequently. When the butterscotch chips are completely melted stir in the Chow Mein Noodles. Scoop out spoon size servings and place them on wax paper to cool (put in the refrigerator to cool quickly). Theses look like birds nests. Talk to your toddler about where birds live and what their homes are made of while you eat these yummy treats.