Birds are fun animals for preschoolers to learn about because they are everywhere. All your child has to do is step outside and within no time they’ll see or hear one of these little feathery friends.
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When God created these creatures on the fifth day, He made such an enormous variety of them:
- there are birds that fly, birds that walk, and birds that hop
- some birds sing, some chirp, and some talk
- there are huge birds like the ostrich, tiny ones like the hummingbird, and then everything in between
- there are birds that build nests in trees, others that build nests on the ground, and some that don’t build nests at all (they lay their eggs on the ground, or as in the case of the Emperor penguins, they keep their eggs on their feet! )
Preschool Bird Activities
Birds provide so many exciting learning opportunities and these preschool bird activities will help you take advantage of those opportunities.
- Writing Practice with Bird Seed
- Pour birdseed onto a paper plate or a shallow container
- Let them practice writing letters, numbers or their name with their finger or paintbrush
- Make Kid Made Bird Feeders by Growing A Jeweled Rose
- Play Duck, Duck Goose
- Birdseed Name
- Let your child trace their name, on construction paper with glue
- Sprinkle birdseed onto the paper
- Let the glue dry then shake off the excess
- State Birds Each state has its own state bird. Find out what yours is and then let your child try to spot them.
- The Audubon for Kids has a fun interactive site to help children learn about birds
- Easy Ways to Get Kids Birding by Audubon
Preschool Bird Books
Books are a great way to help engage your child in learning more about birds and building on what they already know about them. These would be fun to read on a blanket outside together.
- 5 Little Ducks by Raffi
- Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
- Baby Bird by Joyce Dunbar
- Bird Watch: What Will You Find? Oana Befort
- Flap Your Wings by P.D. Eastman
- Little Critter: Just a Baby Bird by Mercer Mayer
- One Stuck Duck by Phyllis Root
- Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
- Run, Roadrunner, Run! by Trish Kline (Smithsonian Early Reader)
- The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman
Preschool Bird Crafts
Just a few materials are all you’ll need to help your child make one of these adorable bird crafts.
- Paint with feathers
- Feed the Robin Craft by The OT Toolbox (also doubles as a great fine motor skill activity)
- Chalk Art Bird by Glued to my Crafts
- Peacock Animal Craft by Powerful Mothering
- Paper Plate Bird Craft for Kids by Happy Hooligans
Preschool Bird Theme Printables
These printable 50 Bird Photo Cards are sure to excite your preschooler as they continue to explore the world of birds. This free download comes with the cards, a list of the 50 birds featured, and a suggested activities list.
The birds chosen for this collection are some of the more common that preschoolers might run across in songs, movies, a trip to the zoo, or in their own backyard. Enjoy!
Coloring sheets not only let preschoolers express creativity, they also help build fine motor skills as well. Whether your child is looking for cute and whimsical birds or more realistic ones, they are sure to find pages here they will enjoy coloring.
While you’re printing, make an extra copy for you and color along with them. You probably don’t need to work on your fine motor skills but coloring is just plain FUN! – lol
I’d love to hear some of the ways you enjoyed these activities.
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