Like Bugs, Birds is a theme we could utilize at least twice per year! As we have a bunch of printed activities to use next time, we’ll see birds again sooner than later! But for now, here are our dozen bird tot trays and activities:
- Birdseed Sensory Bin
- Learning about Birds
- How Many Feathers?
- Chick Dough Tray
- Build a Nest (Silhouette Cameo)
- My book of Birds!
- Bird Worksheets*
- Easter Grass Bird Nest
- Bird-themed Library Books
- Mom & Baby Pictures
- Building Bird Words*
- Sticker Pairing
Starred* items are from the Bird Preschool Pack by Homeschool Creations — thank you so much for the great materials!
Birdseed Sensory Bin
- Love this easy bin! Inspired by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails — thank you!
- Put a 1″ or so layer of birdseed at the bottom of a bin.
- Added two wooden birdhouses and several flowers
- On top of that, added the mini OXO beakers!
Learning about Birds
- I printed some great color resources to show types of beaks, types of feet, and even birds from letters A to Z.
How Many Feathers?
- I utterly and completely stole this idea from —From the Pond — thank you!
- To make these cute birds, I made a bird body shape in Word with a semicircle
- Then I added a triangular beak, removed the outline color and filled it in orange
- Then I made an eye – a white circle with a black circle inside
- Finally, I put a big number )1, 2, 3, or 4) on the bottom center of each bird. I filled each bird with a different color
- Then, I gave him a pile of my new small clothespins from CraftParts.com to “pin” on the right number of “feathers”!
Chick Dough Tray
- This is another easy setup for a play dough themed activity!
- Gave him 3 little containers of dough
- For the bird part, I added a chick cookie cutter (from a set of Easter cookie cutters) and some feathers
- Also put some regular tools, a tart pan, rolling pin, and pizza-style cutter
Build a Nest (Silhouette Cameo)
- Build a nest with paper twigs — see the details and FREE Silhouette Cameo template here!
- (As my original intent was to use actual (or realistic) branches, that would work so great as well!)
My book of Birds!
- As I often have, I made him a small book to color with different kinds of birds (Eagle, Toucan, Flamingo, etc.)
- Instead of double-sided it was actually printed single-sided. I went with it — punching two holes at the top and threading a feather-like fibery string through the holes.
- Put it in a tray with a set of crayons!
- His “desk” activities this week were two laminated sheets from the Bird Preschool Pack — thank you!
Easter Grass Bird Nest
- This is inspired by , thanks! I so wanted to do a huge bin, but settled with a large basket instead.
- Filled a basket with some green and blue Easter grass
- Added some plastic eggs, a couple feathers, and random bird stuffed animals (disregarding which birds would actually be sharing a nest together….)
Bird-themed Library Books
- I have never had such good luck at the library with theme-related books!
- For fiction, I picked up several Word Bird books books and a reader, “Owl at Home“
- Then for non-fiction, I got Secrets of the Animal World, Songbirds (Peterson Field Guides: Young Naturalists), and Ducks Quack!
Mom & Baby Pictures
- E still appreciates “moms and babies” so I thought he’d like bird specific ones!
- I simply found four cute, but accurate pictures of mother birds with their babies, printed in color and gave to him to look at and ask questions about.
Building Bird Words*
- From the Bird Preschool Pack — thanks!
- This set is in the wonderful Montessori set-up
- This is our first time using these – I can’t wait to see his pre-reading abilities in action!
- Went very simple here — printed out a set of circles slightly larger than our OTC bird stickers
- I cut them out in pairs and stuck one sticker to one circle
- Simply gave him more stickers to match them up!
My first takeaway from this week are those word cards! I felt like I gave him way too many but he latched on to them FAST. He has been practically down on himself saying he can’t read — you’re 3 buddy! — but this was a great achievement for him.
It was another fun week, so fun that I even treated him to a cute peacock stuffed animal. Believe me — you can never have too many stuffed animals.
Next we continue our celebration of the harvest season with Apples!
I’m proud to be linking this post up to 1+1+1=1’s Tot School Gathering Place with activities that E enjoyed at 39 months old! Also shared over at the A Little Bird Told Me Link Party, Motivation Monday, Montessori Monday, Everything Early Childhood Link Up, Good Tips Tuesday, Turn it Up Tuesdays, Shine Blog Hop, and the Laugh & Learn Linkup!
Cool Books for Bird Tot Trays