We started our unit playing with these bird houses (or maybe a more accurate word is "bird mansions"!) and cute tiny birds.
TJ and I went to Michael's to get simple bird houses to paint, but they were all on sale for the same price, and he chose the largest houses they had. The boys didn't want to paint them, so we've hidden the birds and done pretend play.
Some of our tray activities:
Patterns with nest printables (find it here)
Patterns with bird-themed printables (find it here)
What Starts with B sound? (find it here)
Counting eggs in nest (find printable here)
TJ liked learning all the different bird names on this A to Z poster. We talked about the different features of the birds and laughed at some of the funny names :) For GM, I cut out the birds and he pasted them onto construction paper. (find it here)
Our featured book was another Usborne favorite....In the Nest by Anna Milbourne
Some other cute ideas I found, but just didn't have time to get to....
- Make your own bird nest (I planned to use brown model magic and let the boys collect rocks, twigs, pinestraw, etc. to put into the nest).
- The Magic Onions shows how to make a no-knit yarn nest.
- Make birds out of footprints (you could use brown for robins, blue for bluejays, red for cardinals, etc.) - example here
- Everythingpreschool.com has lots of cute songs.
And we played a lot in our birdseed sensory tub (see post here). And by "played in our tub" I do mean "in"! I left GM in the next room to play with the tub while I made dinner, and I should have suspected something when he was so quiet!