Learn About Birds and Make a Bird Feeder

aaaWeekly Trip to the Library

It’s Spring and the kids I care for are waking to the friendly chirps of birds migrating back to their neighborhood again. I am having so much fun with the five-year-old pointing out red robins, cardinals, chickadees, blue jays, and even woodpeckers during our local travels because we are learning about birds reading at the library. Here are three great children’s books about bird watching and how to identify birds. After reading the books be sure to make the simple bird feeder and hang in a tree where the kids can easily see and identify the types of birds that will eat their project.

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Birds

Why watch birds? Crinkleroot shows why in this basic beginner’s guide unlike any other. In addition to illustrations of birds to identify, there are charts explaining the parts of a bird, how a bird grows, how to tell males and females, how to find birds, and how to attract them to your neighborhood. Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Birds is one in a series of children’s nature guides.

About Birds: A Guide for Children
This is a fantastic introduction to birds written by a former elementary school teacher. About Birds introduces the basic defining features of birds and includes lovely, realistic illustrations of birds that can be used to teach kids to identify birds. An afterward includes additional interesting facts about the birds depicted in the illustrations.

Two Blue Jays
An extremely informative non-fiction book about bluejays disguised as a work of fiction. In Two Blue Jays students observe as two blue jays build a nest in a tree outside their classroom window and give birth to baby blue jays. This format — describing students attentively observing bluejays — works. Kids are drawn into the story and become just as fascinated about learning about blue jays as the students in the book.

Make a Bird Feeder
You Will Need:

Peanut Butter
Bird Seed

What to Do:

Cover work surface or work outside. Tie a strong string around the stem of an apple. Spread peanut butter on the apple. Roll apple in bird seed. Hang the bird feeder in a tree where kids can see what birds will eat their bird feeder.

You can purchase any of these books by clicking the links above or below:

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Birds

About Birds: A Guide for Children, 2nd edition

Two Blue Jays

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