March is officially here and spring is on the way! Every morning I hear the birds singing outside and see them purchasing in trees. This week in our home education nature studies curriculum, Exploring Nature With Children we are studying the topic nesting birds.
I’m often left stuck on a Tuesday night, searching the internet and using my Nature Studies Pinterest Board to find the best ideas. But not this week! This week I’m full of ideas and wanted to get them down.
Nesting Birds Week
Listening and identifying bird calls
Anatomy of an egg
Nest building time-lapse footage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__jBs8nFDsE
Types of birds nests; cup, platform, mound, suspended, burrow, adherent, cavity.
Bird life cycle
How birds camoflarge their nests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5nLDXweZqI
Materials birds use to make nests
Build a birds nest sensory play – after walk where we can collect feathers, twigs etc
Make a birds nest https://www.education.com/activity/article/like_birds_and_make_nest/
Video on the bird who builds their nest by leaf threading – then attempt leaf threading ourselves
Bird identification game
Nature walk – looking for signs of nests
Amazing bird nest pictures http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20150307-the-16-most-amazing-bird-nests
RSPB Wildlife challenge – bird box, bird bath, bird food, bird song and bird spotting challenges on the site.
Mallard duck lifecycle https://www.ducks.org/conservation/waterfowl-research-science/mallard-life-cycle#1
Garden bird siting bar chart – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-17663-garden-bird-sitings-bar-chart
When do birds nest? How do they choose their next?
Science & Around the World
My great space adventure – The Sun
Cooking & Art
Bird Nest cupcakes (Mini eggs with cereal covered in chocolate)
Bird House craft
Literature & Math