Friday, September 26, 2014

We Explore Nature: Birds

  • Program Goals: 
    • Learn about birds
    • Encourage use of library birdwatching station
    • Encourage children to go outside and explore
    • Develop early literacy skills
    • 20 parents and children in attendance
  • Attendance: 17
  • Connections/Feedback: I haven't reached the attendance goal, but this was an awesome group, new people, the kids enjoyed it, and we all learned what "oviparous" means!
  • Notes for the future: 
    • 9-26-14: I am always torn between doing younger activities/stories because I have toddlers, or sticking to the original idea which is that I'm creating these primarily to use in outreach and just testing them here. I ended up planning this the day before so wasn't able to request a lot of the books I wanted (checked out) and also didn't have time to finish the Little Bird flannel board I wanted to use.
Project 1: Creating bird puppets and bird flocks (10-10:15)
Kids label their space with a nametag, and decorate the birds and tape them to their popsicle sticks. They also decorate the birds, tape them to ribbons, tape the ribbons to a popsicle stick, to create a "flock" of birds that fly when they run with the streamer.
  • Supplies
    • file labels (name tags)
    • Die cut bird shapes
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Ribbon, feathers
    • Tape, markers, crayons
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
Collect everyone with the Storytime Song, ask parents to pass out snack while we read a story. Lots of discussion of birds' habits and different kinds of birds
  • Books
    • A Bird's Life by Ellen Lawrence
    • The Long, Long journey by Sandra Markle
    • Mama built a little nest by Jennifer Ward
    • About birds by Cathryn Sill
    • Nest by Jorey Hurley
    • Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  • Flannelboard/Movement
  • Snack
    • pretzels, apples
    • napkins
Project 2: Wings (10:40-11)
I have precut cardboard wings that I use for butterfly programs (so they're not really the right shape for birds) but we made our own wings anyways. With a really large group I'd probably change this out for something else - making nests out of yarn or something.
  • Supplies
    • Cardboard wings
    • Decorations (used tubs of collage items from previous program)
    • Glue, tape, markers, crayons
More Bird Books
  • *Feathers: Not just for flying by Melissa Stewart
  • Look up! Bird-watching in your own backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
  • *Have you heard the nesting bird by Rita Gray
  • *I Spy in the sky by Edward Gibbs
  • Early bird by Toni Yuly
  • Alex the Parrot by Stephanie Spinner
  • Noodle and Lou by Elizabeth Scanlon
  • Elsie's bird by Jane Yolen
  • South by Patrick McDonnell
  • How to heal a broken wing by Bob Graham
  • How to paint the portrait of a bird by Jacques Prevert
  • Grumpy bird by Jeremy Tankard
  • The baby beebee bird by Diane Massie
  • Backyard birds of winter by Carol Lerner
  • Birds, nests and eggs by Mel Boring
  • Marsh morning by Marianne Berkes
  • Puffling patrol by Ted and Betsy Lewin
  • Pale male by Janet Schulman
  • Roly-poly egg by Kali Stileman
  • About hummingbirds by Cathryn Sill
  • Woodpecker by Dee Phillips
  • Spotted owl by Dee Phillips
*Would have used in storytime but were checked out

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