- Marionette Puppets: Roll two rectangles of construction paper into tubes, a larger one for the body and a smaller one for the head. Glue the tubes together and add feathers, a beak, googly eyes, legs, feet, and wings. Tie a string to two popsicle sticks formed into an X shape. Attach the strings to the bird and move sticks to your marionette walk.
- Ducks in a Pond: Sponge paint duck shapes onto a pond.
- Sea Gulls: Cut a bird shape and a wing shape from a styrofoam plate. Cut a slit from the top to the centre of the bird and from the bottom to the centre of the wing. Place the wing through the slit in the bird shape. These birds will soar when thrown gently.
- Binoculars: Attach two toilet paper tubes together side-by-side with glue or a stapler. Punch a hole at one end in the outside of each tube. Place a ribbon or string through the holes long enough that the binoculars will hang around neck easily. Decorate with paint, stickers, markers, etc.
- Owl Puppets: Cut out a brown (or white if making a snowy owl) circle from construction paper and glue to the bottom flap of a paper bag. Add wings, a beak, eyes, etc. You can also glue on brown feathers if you wish.
- Bird Cages: Cut one large and one small circle from bristol board. Decorate a bird shape cut from a styrofoam tray with feathers and put him in the cage by tying a string to the bird and the centre of small circle. Punch holes around the edges of the discs and attach together using pipecleaners with the large disc on the bottom and the small one on the top. Add a pipecleaner perch that the bird can sit on.
- Bird Seed Collage: Use different types of birdseed to glue a collage onto paper.
- Feather Painting: Dip feathers or a feather duster into paint and use as a paintbrush.
- Catagorize birds in groups - flyers and non-flyers.
- Hatch eggs in an incubator.
- Have a live bird in the center to care for and observe.
- Make a giant nest out of boxes or a large roll of craft paper and add plastic eggs. Use felt to make beaks for the children to wear and add material for wings.
- Add stuffed birds and birdhouses to the house play centre.
- 6 Little Ducks
- Little White Duck
- Way Up in the Sky
- 5 Little Chickadees
- I had a Rooster
- Robin, Robin
- Robin in the Rain
- Today I Saw a Robin
- Brewster Rooster
- Have You Seen My Duckling?
- All About Owls
- Bluebird, Bluebird through My Window
Water & Sand Play
- Add plastic eggs to hide in the sand.
- Use your binoculars that you made as a craft and go birdwatching. See how many birds you can identify.
- Move like various birds (flamingo stance, eagle soar, hummingbird zip, duck waddle, etc).
Field Trips/Special Days
- Visit a pet store and discover all the various types of birds that can be bought as pets.
- Go to the zoo.
- Have a "Birds of Prey" demonstration at your centre.
Robin in the Rain
Robin in the Rain,
Such a saucy fellow.
Robin in the Rain,
Mind your socks of yellow.
Running in the garden on your nimble feet,
Digging for your dinner with your long strong beak.
Robin in the rain,
You don't mind the weather
Showers always make you gay.
Bet the worms are wishing you would stay at home
Robin on a rainy day - don't get your feet wet,
Robin on a rainy day!
My Pigeon House
My pigeon house I open wide
And I set all my pigeons free
They fly away o'er every stoop
And they perch in the highest tree
And when they return from their merry, merry flight
They fold their wings and they say, "Goodnight"
Coo, coo. coo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coo
Coo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coo.
Don't Wake the Owl Game