Activity Introduction

Quick 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


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 the following website: 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.


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Teacher Worksheet

Background information:

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.

The defining features of birds (the things that set them apart from all other animals) are their feathers and their wings. They have evolved both features over time so as to live in the trees and feed in the air. That is not to say that they can all fly: the ostrich, emu, cassawory and emu are all examples of birds that can’t fly.

Birds have evolved to suit a range of different habitat requirements and food types. Some birds live in the desert, others live on the ice in Antarctica, and others live in rainforests, grasslands or aquatic environments. Food and nesting arrangements will differ accor

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