After watching many birds land on our bird feeders yesterday, the kids decided that they wanted to make bird houses/feeders. The first thing we did was research different designs for our bird houses online. The kids picked recycled plastic containers for their creations. I had them first draw a picture and plan out what they wanted their birdhouses to look like. Some other things I had them consider.
*What material should we use to make the house? What kinds of materials will withstand the rain and snow?
*How much seed do you want it to hold?
*Where should the opening be depending on how much food it is going to hold?
*What other animals might try to eat the food? How can we prevent this?
*What do you want to decorate it with? Will this withstand the rain?
*How can we hang it so it stands up straight?
*Where will the birds sit when they are eating?
Once you have hung your bird feeder keep a lookout for birds coming for a quick snack. You can fill in a bird-watching checklist found on the link below!
Bird to Watch for in Spring Checklist:
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.