Activity Introduction

birdQuick summary: In this activity children look closely at bird behaviours. Younger children begin by listening to a range of Australian bird calls and then participate in a simple role play activity around bird behaviours. Older children are asked to participate in a more complex bird behaviour role play, including investigating how birds eat without using their hands/wings. Older children will also investigate ways to help the birds in their centre yard.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

 

Equipment needed: 

  • All ages: Images or actual items of relating to birds e.g. feathers, eggs, nest, pictures of birds. Computer or tablet to play bird calls, access to following website: Top 40 Bird Songs (http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/birds/featured/Top-40-Bird-Songs), Wildlife fact sheet, Bird mask template.
  • Ages – 2 to 5: String for hanging food, pieces of food for children to eat such as fruit or bread.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

 

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Birds on a tree-hero©WWFBackground information:

Learning goals: The aim of these activities are to encourage children to look more closely at bird behaviours and to begin to have an appreciation of how special our birds are. Younger children begin by listening to a range of Australian bird calls and then participate in a simple role play activity around bird behaviours. Older children are asked to participate in a more complex bird behaviour role play, including investigating how birds eat without using their hands/wings. Older children will also investigate ways to help birds in their natural environment.

Content information: Birds come in all shapes and sizes. The largest bird on Earth is the ostrich weighing up to 145kg while the smallest is the bee hummingbird, weighing less than 2 grams and being only 5-6cm long! For a full list of amazing bird facts – including the smelliest bird, the chattiest bird and the bird with the biggest eyes – have a look at this website - http://www.birdsofafeather.ca/about-

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