These preschool bird activities are sure to instill a love of birds in your preschooler. Learning about birds is so much fun for kids of all ages. There are so many different kinds of birds all your child has to do is take a simple walk or even just 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. When we look around us today we can see so many different kinds of birds:
- 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
A bird preschool theme can provide so many exciting learning opportunities. Here you’ll find a collection of hands-on activities to help you take advantage of those opportunities.
- Writing Practice with Bird Seed
- Pour bird seed onto a paper plate or a shallow container
- Let them practice writing letters, numbers or their name with their finger or paintbrush
- Make homemade bird feeders for feather friends who visit your yard.
- Spread peanut butter on an empty toilet paper roll, then take it and roll it in bird seeds. Hang it out on a tree.
- Play Duck, Duck Goose This is always a fun game with preschoolers.
- 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 your state bird is and then let your child try to spot them.
- Sensory play ideas
- use play dough to make eggs
- Put together sensory activities. Fill a sensory bin with
- colorful feathers
- bird seed
- plastic eggs
- pretend to feed baby birds pipe cleaner worms – see Baby Bird Eats the Worm! Fine Motor Sensory Bin by Modern Preschool
- Learn different bird calls. A fun way to learn about birds is to listen to how they communicate. Each bird song is different.
An Identiflyer, Bird Song Pocket Identification and Learning Tool is a great way for even young children to learn to identify bird calls.
- Look for feathers on the ground. Some might be easier than others to identify like a cardinal, a peacock, or a blue jay. Use a bird field guide to help your child identify what bird the feather came from.
- Explore an abandoned bird nest.
- Sometimes when you’re out on one of your nature walks your child may find a bird nest on the ground they can explore. Examine it to see what it was made of.
- Are there any clues as to what kind of bird might have made it?
- Caution your preschooler to never touch a bird nest in a tree even if it doesn’t have eggs or baby birds in it.
- The Audubon for Kids has a fun interactive site to help children learn about birds.
- Easy Ways to Get Kids Birding by Audubon. This book gives you some great ideas for bird-watching excursions for kids of all ages.
Preschool Bird Books
Books are a great way to help engage your child in learning more about birds while building literacy skills at the same time. These bird books for preschoolers would be fun to read on a blanket outside together.
- Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
- The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman
- 5 Little Ducks by Raffi
- 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)
Easy 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 (this fun bird craft 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 Printable Activities
Here are 50 photo cards of different birds that little learners will enjoy exploring. 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 birds that preschoolers might run across in songs, movies, a trip to the zoo, or in their own backyard. These would make a great addition for your bird unit study – and they are FREE! Enjoy!
Use these printable bird coloring sheets to let your preschool express their creativity and help build fine motor skills as well. Whether your child is looking for cute and whimsical birds or more realistic feathered friends, they are sure to find pages here they will enjoy coloring. They may even want to compile the pages together to make their own book of birds.
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
More Preschool Bird Activities
- Bird Activities for Preschoolers by Pocket of Preschool
- Bird ThemePreschool Lesson Plans by Stay at Home Educator
- Preschool Bird Theme by Preschool Plan It
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