Every Month I try google Fun, Creative, National days to celebrate. These fun days, a couple times a month, breaks up our school routine just enough. It allows us to step away from all the things we normally do in a day and enjoy learning, with some fun extras.
January 5th is National Bird Day. According to the website, nationalbirdday.com, January 5th ends the Christmas Bird count. For 3 weeks Birders and the public go out and count as many birds as they can see. I made a list of ‘activities to do with the kids. Maybe you will find one you would like to do as well.
A Bird Word search. I looked up a bunch of different bird names, some we know and some we didn’t. I placed the letters of each bird name in an excel spreadsheet. I just filled in the blank cells with other random letters. I then just typed the bird names individually into a cell below all the letters. It was pretty simple to make.
We are going to watch a science video called Bird in the cage. It explains how your eyes only have 3 color receptors and how colors are processed. It looks neat and I think the kids will find in informative. You can find the video here: https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/bird-in-cage
We will be making pine cone bird feeders and also doing some bird watching ourselves. I have been saving toilet paper rolls so that we can make some binoculars. It will be a fun craft project to make before we head outside. Maybe we will even catch some birds coming to our feeders. We checked out a bird watching book from the library and we will try to identify the ones we can.
We will also be doing a hand print bird. I have used this craft for years working in early childhood education. Just paint their hand whatever color they want their bird to be and have them press it sideways on a light blue piece of construction paper. Then we will rip up some brown construction paper, grab some leaves from outside, and some small twigs and make a nest under the bird. It always turns out super cute. My oldest probably won’t enjoy this as much as my youngest two, but I will encourage her to participate.
The oldest two have to pick a bird that is endangered and write a paper one how and why it is endangered.
We will still do our regular schooling like math, history, and reading, but this breaks things up a little bit and gives us something new.
Will you do anything fun?
God’s Light Shine Upon You,