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"Tip 151: April 2021 - Learning about Birds - Earth Day April 22 "
   April, 2021

Tip 151: April 2021 – Learning about Birds – Earth Day April 22

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Henry David Thoreau wrote:
The earth is more to be admired than to be used.”
Nature projects can excite even the youngest child’s imagination and promote a sense of great achievement.

The following activities assist young children in the growth of many skills, including large and small muscle development, eye-hand coordination, sensory discrimination, concentration, also how to solve problems and make decisions. In honor of Earth Day on April 22 have the children learn all about birds.

The sounds of birds, whether real or recorded, may be good for lifting mood
and sense of well-being according to the scientist from the California
Polytechnic State University. Take Infants on a nature walks. These are a
wonderful way for children to learn about their world. Each season brings
with it new opportunities to explore. Birds are very social and they
communicate using calls and songs. Young children will be surprised to
learn that different birds have different songs. Go to your local library
and find a tape or CD of different bird calls. Have them try to make some
of the different calls just for fun. Try the Bobwhite, which says its name
over and over again bob white - bob white - bob white or the Chickadee who
says chick-a-dee-dee-dee.

Feather Paintbrush and Bird Collages:

Birds lay hard-shelled eggs in a nest and their parents sit on them to keep
them warm until the baby birds’ hatch. Most birds take care of their babies
feeding them and teaching them how to fly. Many birds make long distance
annual migrations flying together in flocks where they travel great
distances at different times of the year like geese and ducks. Some fly
south to warmer weather in winter, and back north during the summer
traveling 1,800 miles or more. Toddlers can use bird feathers as
paintbrushes. Long feathers dipped into paint and then used to paint on
paper work really well then they also can be glued on to the painting. Bird
Collages can be made from magazine or calendar pictures of birds of
different colors like robins, cardinals and bluebirds or pictures with one
subject such as only water birds like flamingos, swans and penguins.

Bird Puppets and Birdfeeders:

Make bird puppets out of small envelopes. Have the children tuck in the
flap, then pull the middle out to make a diamond shape. Flatten the corners
and fold in half so the children can tuck their hand inside the fold.
Decorate them with feathers. These can be also hung from the ceiling as
mobiles or glued onto a large sheet of newsprint as a collage. Preschoolers
can also make pinecone birdfeeders. Have the children collect large
pinecones. Let them use plastic knives to spread peanut butter onto the
pinecone then roll the sticky pinecones in birdseeds, or stuffed them with
raisins, baby carrots, peanuts, or sunflower seeds. Hang them outside on
the tree branches. The children will have fun watching not only the birds,
but also the other animals enjoying the food.

A Bird Does Not Sing Because It Has An Answer, It Sings Because It Has
A Song.

(Maya Angelou)