Let's talk about birds

Flip flap, feathers and wings

As the RSPB say it’s a great time of year to see birds in the garden or a park. Children love any opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy the challenge of spotting birds.

Identifying the birds

If the children stay still and listen can they hear any bird song? Does it all sound the same? Talking about any birds they hear or see is a natural way to introduce some new vocabulary.

Can the children identify the different parts of a bird? Feathers, wing, beak and claws – all of these may be new words and looking at pictures of birds provides opportunities to hear and practise saying these words. Can they see the different coloured feathers? Compare the beaks of different colours and sizes.

Feed the birds

Making a bird feeder is a simple and fun actvity, will help attract birds into your outdoor space and is also great for talking as you do it. The best way to learn new words and to practise talking is during everyday activities.

Just like cooking you can introduce the names of the ingredients such as seeds – talk about the different colours, shapes and sizes. Chat about what you’re doing and what you’re going to do next.

Once I saw a little bird

If you’re watching a bird feeder from a window you might enjoy Once I Saw a Little Bird.

You’ll find this rhyme with a freebie robin lolly stick puppet here.

Flip flap and flutter

Have some syllable fun and get the children to flip flap flippety flap or flutter their arms (or lolly stick puppets) like birds.

Hide a bird (a puppet or a toy) outside and enjoy the opportunity to model and reinforce concepts – “Can you find the robin? There he is! He’s behind the slide.”

These are standalone activities but you can make links to the robin, Flip Flap in our Early Soundplay book Clip Clop’s Picnic

You may not be lucky enough to see any puffins or flamingos during your birdwatch so we’ve made a freebie Bird Pairs game for you. You will also find puffins in Clarabelle’s Scarf and a flamboyance of flamingos in Flo the Flamingo.

It’s also not too late to participate in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch – register before the 2nd February and submit your results by 21st February. They’ve got some great free resources for you to enjoy too!

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