Bird themed activities for kids! (Free Printouts)

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Last summer we had the pleasure of observing Robins make a nest in our backyard and the entire family found so much joy watching the baby birds.  The location of the nest was perfect because the backdrop was white so we could see the babies little heads popping up when the momma would bring food.  I was fascinated by how often she had to leave the nest to get food. And to think I thought my kiddos ate a lot, definitely not as much as those baby birds, thus the phrase eating like a bird is quite contradictory. 

The children’s interest in birds has seemed to really increase since our family of Robins flew the nest. They seem to have a heightened awareness of the birds around them and they long to know more. Like little detectives they want to know what chirp belongs to which bird, where the birds are from, what they eat, etc.

So I did what any good mom would do, I Googled it! I Googled, birds indigenous to northwest Ohio, and came upon a fantastic site, Northwest Ohio Nature website.  It has an alphabetical list of all birds indigenous to our area and includes a picture and the bird’s chirp/song.  I decided to limit our research to five birds. We focused on the state bird, the Cardinal, the Robin, Black Capped Chickadee, Red Headed Woodpecker, and House Sparrow.  I also visited the Audubon website and read more in-depth profiles on each bird with our 7-year-old. After the kiddos were introduced to each bird I printed off pictures of each for them to color. 

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Click here to print off a picture of the Cardinal.

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Click here to print off the Black Capped Chickadee

Click here for an entire list of Bird coloring pages.

After identifying indigenous birds, reviewing pictures, hearing their songs, printing off pictures, and coloring the pictures we thought it might be fun to try to attract those birds and what better way to attract birds than a bird feeder!!

TP roll bird feeder

What you need:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Peanut butter to spread on toilet paper roll
  • Bird feed
  • String or wire opptional…you can simply place roll right on a twig/branch depending on the size of the tree

Instructions:

Spread peanut butter on toilet paper roll

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Roll toilet paper with peanut butter in the bird feed.

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Milk Contain Bird Feeder

What you need:

  • Milk container (carton, gallon, you name it!)
  • Bird feed
  • Wire
  • knife

Instructions:

First drink all milk (might require baking brownies, cookies, etc.)

Clean out container  and dry thoroughly.

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Cut a hole in the container large enough for birds to enter to retrieve food.

Cut two small holes, one on each side of the container in order for it to hang, place wire through so that feeder can hang from branch of tree. (see image below)

Add bird feed

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Hang bird feeders and enjoy!

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Here are a few more great examples of ways to make feeders by recycling…(source: Wild Birds Unlimited children’s presentation) 

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If you don’t have time or an empty container/toilet paper roll on hand you can always take a field trip to your local park’s nature window. My kiddos find much joy at our local park’s window on wildlife. They like to sit, watch, and listen to the birds and other small critters scurry in front of the windows. But on those extremely cold days when a trip to the park is out of the question we stumbled upon a fun website that has web cams on various bird feeders…..

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To view The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds, Feeder Watch Cam click here.

Here are a few more bird themed sites we have come across and enjoyed:

Chipper Woods Bird Observatory

Bird Jigsaw Puzzles for preschoolers (online)

Bird Sets, counting, numerical order, number
recognition, order by size, shapes, patterning, dot to dots, categorizing

Happy Bird Watching!

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4 Comments on “Bird themed activities for kids! (Free Printouts)”

  1. Alison
    March 6, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Oak Openings has a really cool Nature Observatory, have you taken your kids there?

  2. March 7, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    Great ideas! I think Ruby and I will be making some tp and milk container bird feeders this weekend! We hung the ‘bagel bird feeder’ that we made last week at mini moo and well… so far no birds. Do these things need to be strategically placed on the tree so that a bird can sit and eat or will it simply fly up and take something off the feeder is dangling from a branch???

    • March 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      We had the same issue with ours from Mini Moo, no birds but we did get one happy squirrel. I have noticed that it is difficult to defer the squirrels from the TP roll feeders. However the squirrels have not touched the milk container feeder. We have had a few birds sit on the side and eat from the milk container. I would advise the milk container over the TP if you want to see more birds than squirrels. But the kiddos seemed to have so much fun with the TP roll feeders and they enjoyed watching the squirrels, it was kinda cute. Enjoy your time with Ruby, no matter what type you do or don’t make, it’s the process that is memorable. Thanks for commenting and I look forward to seeing you gals at Mini Moo!

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