I hope all are doing well. Here are some fun bird-themed activities you can do at home.
Children join hands & stand in circle. Construct one bluebird necklace out of construction paper. One child is first bluebird & weaves in & out of children’s arms while chanting (3 times) Bluebird, bluebird through my window. Who will be the next bluebird? That child then choose someone who has not had a turn to be the next bird & that child wears necklace. Play until everyone has a turn.
2 cups biscuit baking mix
1/2 cup cold water
2 Tbsp margarine
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 425F. Form a soft dough with baking mix & water. Roll out the dough to 3/4″ thickness & cut it into shapes with cookie cutters. Using a straw, punch a hole in the top of each cookie. Melt the margarine & brush over dough. Sprinkle the seeds & nuts onto the dough and press it in FIRMLY with a fork. Bake for 15-20 min., or until light brown. When cool, thread brightly colored ribbon through the hole & hang in a tree.
File folder game
Cut 10 egg shapes from white construction paper. Decorate eggs then cut them into halves varying the cut pattern (zig-zag, wavy, straight,etc.). Glue one half of a set into a folder. Have the children match the halves.
Birdie in the Tree
Make a tree with no leaves. Make it big enough to fit your flannel board. Make birdies, one each of red, yellow, green, purple, orange, blue, black, and brown. You can make two or tree of each color so each child will have one. Give each child a colored birdie. Place the tree on the flannel board>
Sing this song:
Little Red bird in the tree
In the tree, in the tree
Little Red bird in the tree
Sing me a song.
(The child or children who have a red bird places the bird on the tree and sings Tweet Tweet. Repeat with other colors.
All birds are hatched from eggs so give the children a quick lesson in cracking eggs. After you have shown how to crack an egg, let each child try cracking one of their own. Children love cracking eggs & rarely get to do it. You can use the cracked eggs to make scrambled eggs for snack.
Ask the children if anybody knows how to sound like a bird. Let them try one by one. They should be able to do a chicken, a turkey, a song bird, a baby chick. Let them think of others. Variation: Let the children come up one at a time & make a bird call. Let the rest of the children try to guess what kind of bird they are.
Fill a couple of large tubs with wild bird seed. Provide the children with funnels, measuring cups, measuring spoons, bowls etc. Spend some time at the table talking with the children about measurements. “How many quarter cups will it take to fill up this cup?” “How many teaspoons are there in this quarter cup? Let’s count them.” Let them count and measure, pour & stir.
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