Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bird Preschool Lesson Plans

Bird preschool lesson plans. Arts and crafts, games, math, science, group time activities, songs and snack ideas.

Arts and Crafts

Bird Collages 
Have the children cut out pictures of birds from magazines, and glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage. 

Bird Seed Collage 
Allow your child to use bird seeds to create a collage. 

Paper Bag Bird Masks 
Let children use yarn, paints, crayons and paper scraps to create their own bird mask. You may have to cut out the eyes, mouth and shoulders for younger children. 

Paper Plate Bird Mask
Have the children paint a paper plate. When dry have the children add feathers and a nose. Cut out holes for the eyes and add a Popsicle stick to the back of the plate near the bottom with glue.

Bird Place mat
Have the children cut out pictures of birds from magazines. Have the children glue the pictures onto a piece of paper. Laminate the paper and use for a place mat.

Sponge Print
You can find already shaped sponges at most art and craft stores or you can make your own. Obtain sponges shaped like birds. Have your child dip the sponges into paint and press on a piece of paper.

Feather Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Glue the feathers to the headband. 

Bird Necklaces 
Have the children cut out bird shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. Add colored noodles to the necklace.

Bird Rubbings
Cut bird shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these shapes to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the shapes and rub a crayon over the shape. 

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the bird shaped cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. 

Sticker Art
For a very simple art project, supply the children with a piece of paper and stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.

Bird Spray Paint Art:
Obtain a few clean spray bottles. Add water and a little bit of liquid or powdered tempera. Then, place a large piece of cat shaped paper on an easel, and have the children spray the colored water onto the bird shaped paper.

Kool Aid Art
Sprinkle a little dry kool aid mix onto a bird shaped piece of paper. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. For added adventure, you may choose to take your children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has kool-aid on it. 

Feather Painting 
Provide each child with a feather, paint and paper. Ask the children paint a picture using the feather as a paint brush. 

Hand Turkey
Paint the palm of your child's hand brown, as well as their thumb. Then paint each of their fingers a different bright color such red or blue. Have the child press their hand onto a piece of white paper. For older children, let them draw on feet and characteristics such as eyes and nose. The thumb represents the turkeys neck and the palm the body. 

Eggshell collage
Use food coloring to color crushed eggshells. Use a few different colors. (You can use eggshells from eggs you have used. There is no need to hard boil these egg shells.) Let your child glue the eggshells to a piece a paper, after the dye has dried. 

Egg People 
Give the children a piece of white paper, and a pastel egg shape. Have the children glue the egg shape onto the paper, and then draw a body as if the egg was a head. 

Cotton Ball Eggs
Let your child glue different colored cotton balls onto a piece of egg shaped paper. 

Duckies
Trace a duck shape on a piece of paper and have children glue on different colored feathers onto the duck. 

Baby Chicks
Give each child one egg cup cut from an egg carton and two yellow cotton balls. Have your child glue their cotton balls in their egg cups, one on top of the other. Then let them add an orange construction paper beak, and black construction paper eyes. 

Egg-Shaped Balloon Prints
In a pie tin, place three to five teaspoon sized portions of different colored pastel tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Let your child mix the colors, or use one color at a time. This is messy, but the results are wonderful. 

Paint like a Bird
Supply the children with paper and paint and have the children paint like a bird might paint. You may want to have them put a pair of clean socks on their hands to help them imagine not having fingers to use. 



Games, Math and Science



Stamping Patterns
Use bird shaped rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

Picture Matching 
Find bird stickers. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut in a jig-jag form. Use a highlighter to highlight the edges. Do this with many different stickers. Have the child match the stickers, and line up the two halves of the index card. 

Bird Memory
Find bird stickers. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut the index card in half. You can use these cards to play memory.

Bird Sizing 
Draw different sized bird shapes and laminate them. Have the children arrange the birds according to size. 




Bird Sort
Draw different kinds of birds and have the children sort the bird by color. Or you can cut out pictures of birds and glue each onto a separate piece of paper. Have the children sort the birds. 

Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Cut a long piece of yarn or ribbon to hang the bird feeder. Tie the ribbon in a knot around the pine cone near the top. Spread peanut butter on the pine cone then sprinkle birdseed over the pine cone. Hang the bird feeder on the tree. 

Measuring Seeds
Supply the children with bird seed and measuring cups to experiment with. 

Where is my nest
Cut out bird and nest shapes from many different colors of construction paper. Have the children match the bird to the correct nest. 

Place the eggs in the nest
Tape numbers one through six in the bottom of a muffin tin. Have the children place the appropriate number of eggs in each nest (the muffin holes) 

Seeds and a Balance
Provide the children with bird seeds and a balance to experiment with. 

Seed Sort
Provide the children with a variety of different kinds of seeds to sort. 

Neighborhood Bird Walk
Next time you go for a walk pay special attention to the birds that you see. Name the ones you can for your child. In my area we have a nature park... check to see if you have a nature park near your city. 

Which seed is it?
Place many different kinds of seeds on a paper plate. One of each kind. Talk about the seeds with your child. Then tell your child that you are going to describe a seed, and you want them to guess which one it is. Take turns trying to guess which seed the other is describing. 

Which Bird is it?
Show the children many pictures of different kinds of birds. Talk about the birds with your child. Then tell your child that you are going to describe a bird, and you want them to guess which one it is. Take turns trying to guess which bird the other is describing. 

Sunflower Seeds
Serve Sunflower seeds for a snack. 

Does it Fly
Talk about different kinds of birds and whether they can fly or not. 

My Favorite Bird Graph
Ask the children what their favorite kind of bird is. Graph the results. 

Bird Toss
Obtain Bird beanie toys or stuffed animals. Have the children try to toss these toys into a laundry basket. 

Vinegar and Eggs
Well we probably all have seen this at one time or another. Place a hard-boiled egg in a cup of vinegar, and see what happens. It bubbles. After one day, take out the egg, wipe it off with a paper towel and feel the egg. Ask your child questions about what you see and feel. 

Lacing Cards
Cut colored poster board into bird shapes and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards. 





Group Time

Penguin Hop
Play the bunny hop song and have the children pretend to be penguins hopping around. 

The Penguin Song
by chicky sung to "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
Penguins like the cold weather,
cold weather,
cold weather,
Penguins like the cold weather,
And they like to play.

Penguins like to swim and play 
swim and play,
swim and play,
Penguins like to swim and play
And they rest at night

Penguins eat a lot of fish,
a lot of fish,
a lot of fish,
Penguins eat a lot of fish,
Each and every day.

Had a Little Chickie
sugn to "Turkey in the Straw"
Had a little chickie
And she wouldn't lay an egg;
So I poured hot water
Up and down her leg,
Oh, that little chickie cried
And that little chickie begged;
Then that silly little chickie laid
A hard-boiled egg!

Flying Birdie Musical Chairs
If they children made feather headbands, have them wear them during this activity. Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children, it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Have the children pretend to fly around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. 

Musical Birds
Cut out bird shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor. It is best for younger children to have more birds than children. Play music and have the children walk around the room. When the music stops, each child needs to find an bird to stand on. 

Doing the Penguin
Featured on Hot Hot Hot Dance Songs By Sesame Street 

Kookaburra
Featured on Barney's Favorites, Vol. 1 . Click on the link to buy the CD from amazon.com.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree 
Merry, merry king of the bush is he 
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra! 
Gay your life must be 
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree 
Eating all the gum drops he can see 
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra! 
Leave some there for me 
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree 
Counting all the monkeys he can see 
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra! 
That's not a monkey that's me 

Nesting Hen 
Place some plastic eggs under a pillow. Have the child sit on the pillow and guess how many eggs are under the pillow. Count the eggs with the child. 

Feathers or Fur
Ask the children if a dog has feathers or fur? What about an owl, bear... etc. 





Talk about Bird Care
Talk about what a bird eats, going to the Vet for shots, grooming, and the things an owner needs to do keep the Bird healthy. 




Field Trip Ideas
Visit a Pet Store or a Veterinarian's Office 
Have a parent bring in a Bird
Have a Veterinarian visit your center
Have A Humane Society Member visit your center
Have a parent read a story about a bird.

Birdie Says:
Played like Simon Says.

Birdie May I?
The old game, mother may I take three little steps forward?

Sand and Water Table
Provide the children with many seeds in the sand and water table, measuring cups and funnels.

Duck, Duck, GOOSE!


Love Song
by chicky
Love my birdie,
Yes I do,
Love my birdie,
Yes I do,
Love my birdie,
Yes I do,
Love my birdie,
And she loves you!

Special Song
by chicky-ma-ma
sung to "Where is Thumbkin?"
My bird is special,
My bird is special,
Yes he is,
Yes he is,
My bird is special,
My bird is special,
Yes he is,
Yes he is.

Songs Available at Kididdles.com
Chicken
Chicken Little
Feeding the Flock
Had a Little Rooster
Mister Duck's Visit
Mister Gobbler (Thanksgiving Song)
Silly Goose
Six Little Ducks
Turkey in the Straw
What the Animals Say
White Sheep and Black Sheep
Be Kind to your Web Footed Friends
Birds in the Wilderness
The Frog and the Crow
Grey Owl
Jaybird Chant
Little Robin Redbreast
The Owl and the Pussycat
Robin-a-Thrush
Robin in the Rain
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Sparrow
Sweet Nightingale
The Three Crows
Turkey in the Straw
Two Little Blackbirds
The Robin

Dramatic Play





Pretend to be a Veterinarian
Provide your children with stuffed birds, play stethoscopes, and bandages for the children to play with.

Pretend to be a Bird 

Puppets are always a great addition to any dramatic play area, add a Emperor Penguin Puppet,or a Snowy Owl Puppet, or other stuffed polar animals for the children to play with. Here's a great Crown Table Top Puppet Theatre.






Story Time

Little Red Hen
Read the story of the "The Little Red Hen" by Paul Galdone.
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After reading the story, have the children help you make some bread. 

Rooster's Off to See the World
Read the story of the "Rooster's Off to See the World" by Eric Carle.
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Have the children count the roosters new friends during the story. Or have the children act out the story. You can make name tags to represent the rooster, cats, frogs etc. 

Are you my Mother?
Synopsis from amazon.com
While his mother is off looking for food, a baby bird hatches from his egg. Embarking on a hilarious, at times very touching, hunt for his mother, the little bird encounters a variety of creatures. Full color.

Activity Ideas

Have parents bring in pictures of themselves. Ask the children to find the picture of their Mother, Father and other family members. 

Family Portraits
Ask parents to bring in pictures of their families, or take pictures of the families at the center. You can place these on the walls at the children's eye level by covering them with contact paper. The children will really enjoy seeing their picture and pictures of others on the walls.

Are you my Mother? Game:
You can make or buy a game like Memory: mommies and babies. You can play like intended or just take five or so matched out an d give each child a baby and place the mommies on a table face down. Each time a child guesses which is the mommy to their card they say "Are you my Mother" and if the card is not the mother the child and other children can say "you are not my mother" 

Are you my Mother? Game II:
Play this like doggie doggie where's your bone! Except you choose one child to be the baby bird in the middle and the child with a block or toy is the mommy. The Bird point to a child and asks "Are you my Mother?" the child answers "Yes" if they have the block or "No I am a ___" fill in the ___ with cat, dog, boat.. etc On the third guess if the child guess incorrectly the child should respond "I am a Snort" and everyone can point to the "Mother" 

The Fox and the Stork
Read the fable "The Fox and the Stork"
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Serve soup for lunch. Ask the children if it would be easy to eat the soup if it were served on a plate. 

The Eagle and the Beetle
Read the story of the Eagle and the Beetle by Aesop
An Eagle was chasing a hare, which was running for dear life and was at her wits' end to know where to turn for help. Presently she spied a Beetle, and begged it to aid her. So when the Eagle came up the Beetle warned her not to touch the hare, which was under its protection. But the Eagle never noticed the Beetle because it was so small, seized the hare and ate her up. The Beetle never forgot this, and used to keep an eye on the Eagle's nest, and whenever the Eagle laid an egg it climbed up and rolled it out of the nest and broke it. At last the Eagle got so worried over the loss of her eggs that she went up to Jupiter, who is the special protector of Eagles, and begged him to give her a safe place to nest in: so he let her lay her eggs in his lap. But the Beetle noticed this and made a ball of dirt the size of an Eagle's egg, and flew up and deposited it in Jupiter's lap. When Jupiter saw the dirt, he stood up to shake it out of his robe, and, forgetting about the eggs, he shook them out too, and they were broken just as before. Ever since then, they say, Eagles never lay their eggs at the season when Beetles are about. 
Talk about why birds lay their eggs in trees. 

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
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Have the children march like the penguins, then march like Tacky. 

Have you Seen my Duckling by Nancy Tafuri
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Play a hide the duck game. Hide a duck toy or a construction paper duck in the room, so that part of the duck is showing. Ask they children, "Have you seen my duckling?" Have the children point to where the duck is. Then have a child hide the duck while the other children hide their eyes. 

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
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Ask the children who they like the best, Sarah, Percy or Bill. Graph the results.

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