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A Summer Bird Watching Adventure in your Neighbourhood

                                        Bird Watching/Listening to Birds

This Bird is a Robin-Turdus migratorius

Sensorial Activity:
This activity involves the sense of hearing.
Your child will start to distinguish between the different sounds birds make.
If possible you can record the sounds of the birds.

                                An Owl  in Scotland

What birds will you discover in your neighbourhood?
Introduce the activity to your child in an exiting way:
“We are going on a bird adventure!”
“If we want to see and hear the birds we have to listen with our ears.”
“To be able to see and hear the birds we will have to stop walking, stop talking and listen.”
“Are you ready for our bird adventure?“
“Birds fly quickly.”
“We will have to stop and stay perfectly still for the birds to get closer.”

Materials:
Bird Discovery Kit (Use what you have in your home.)
a.) A small bag or the lunch bag that is used at school.
b.) A snack and water for the journey.
b.) A small pad of paper and pencil (whether your child is writing letters or making lines they can pretend to be official bird watchers with a notebook or paper.)
c.) Binoculars or make binoculars using two toilet paper roles and tape.
Pretend that your hands are binoculars.
d.) A camera (inexpensive) let your child take pictures.

Language:
Create a Bird Book.
Help your child write about his/her bird adventure.  She/he can tell you the story and you can write it down. If your child is writing he/she can practice writing a few words or write a sentence about the birds. Your child can draw pictures of the birds, (a two page book is great or he/she might want to do more.)
Read books on birds from the library.

Art
Backyard Art Activity
Create an abstract painting of a bird in the backyard.
Take different materials such as, crushed egg shells, sand or glitter and mix them in with tempera paint.
Invite your child to paint a bird, “What does a bird look like to you?” If they say they do not know how to do it, explain that it is an abstract picture, “When you paint an abstract painting you can create your own bird using your imagination anyway you want.”
Glue different coloured feathers on the painting to add texture.
Have your child sign his/her name on the painting.


A Montessori Bird Activity
Natural Science
This is a Montessori card set that can be placed on a shelf in a basket. Your child can take it out and look at the different types of birds and discover the different parts of a bird. A parent/teacher can read and discuss parts of a bird and characteristics of a bird.
1.)   I live on land and in the air.
2.)   My eggs have shells.
3.)   My body is covered with feathers.
4.)   I breathe through lungs
5.)   I move by walking or flying.
6.)   I take care of my young.
7.)   I am warm blooded.
8.)   I eat worms and seeds.
Pictures of birds can replace different bird objects.

Math
Count the number of birds you saw on your bird watching adventure and write it down. Record the types of birds spotted on the adventure and how many of each.

Learn more about the birds by researching about the birds you saw on your walk. Find out the names of the birds, where they live in the winter and what they eat etc.
THE DISCOVERY OF BIRDS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTIVITIES CAN BE DONE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. It is the process not the product that is important-HAVE FUN!

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