January Parent Zone

Treats for Tweets

Did you know that over 100 North American bird species get extra nutrition in their diets with birdseed, suet, fruit and nectar obtained from feeders?

Bird feeding benefits birds and provides great bird watching from your own backyard. The best time to feed birds is in winter when natural food supplies are low, but lots of birds visit feeders during the spring and fall migrations, and also during summer while nesting.

To keep birds coming back to your feeders year round, provide them with

  • A variety of quality seed;
  • Fresh water for drinking and bathing; and
  • Ample cover, preferably provided by native plants—which also provide potential nesting sites and a source of natural food.

Backyard bird feeding is a fabulous way to learn about nature. Children’s interest in the natural world often begins by observing birds and other wildlife gorging themselves on birdseed, suet, sweetened water, jelly, orange slices and other offerings placed outside the home. Feeding and watching wild birds is an activity that young children can easily participate in and enjoy.

Other Links to Explore

Successful Winter Bird Feeding

National Bird-Feeding Society

National Audubon Society—Just For Kids

Feeding Birds

Bird Feeders to Make With Kids

Feeding the Birds This Winter?

Monthly Craft:

Glowing Glass Window

Supplies:
Brightly colored tissue paper
Scissors
Black construction paper
Glue stick

Cut colored tissue paper into small squares. Draw a large circle on a big piece of black paper and cut out. Fold circle in half, then in half again and again. Cut off point. Cut out different sized shapes along folds. Leave some black between shapes. Do not cut curved edge. Open circle and on one side glue tissue paper over all the cut out shapes, letting colors overlap. The other side will be the front. Hang in window to let the light come through.

Check the catalog for I Love to Collage by Jennifer Lipsey

Books:

birdshenkes

Birds by Kevin Henkes

GrumpyBirdTankard

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

moleandbirdnewman

Mole and Baby Bird by Marjorie Newman

unitedtweetsTalbott

United Tweets of America: 50 State Birdsby Hudson Talbott

littlebirdsabcGrobler

Little Bird’s ABC by Piet Grobler

AllAboutBirdsGaneri

All About Birds by Anita Ganeri

marmaladeHarris

Marmalade and the Magic Birds by Robin Harris

featherforlunchEhlert

Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert

watchmemakeabirdfeeder

Watch Me Make a Bird Feeder by Jack Otten

birdbirdbirdSayre

Bird, Bird, Bird: A Chirping Chant by April Pulley Sayre

Fingerplays/Songs:
Bird Feeder
Here is the bird feeder
Here’s some seeds and some crumbs
(left hand out flat, right hand cupped)
Sprinkle them on and see what comes
(Sprinkle motion)
One cardinal, one chickadee,
One junco, one jay
(right hand beak shaped, peck left hand)
Four of my bird friends are eating today!

Little Bird, Little Bird
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Little bird, little bird fly around
Up to the sky, down to the ground.
Little bird, little bird flap your winds
Now open your mouth and sweetly sing.
Little bird, little bird fly to your nest,
Now it’s time to take a rest.

Two Little Black Birds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
(hold two fingers in front of you)
One named Jack, one named Jill
(introduce one finger at a time)
Fly away Jack, Fly away Jill
(hide one finger at a time behind back)
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(bring one finger at a time back in front)

Music:

debbiesditties4
Debbie’s Ditties 4: Come Dance S’more! by Debbie Clement
Songs: Dance s’more — Red, white, blue — Champions — Monster spray — Shakers — Follow game — Dinosaur romp — Happy face — Shine & brighten — Jazzy friends — Alligators — Little birdie — Build a plan — Pattern song — Pattern instrumental — New baby.

learningbasicskillsPalmerLearning Basic Skills Through Music Vol. 1 by Hap Palmer
Songs: Colors — Put your hands up in the air — The elephant — The number march — Marching around the alphabet — Growing — This is the way we get up in the morning — The birds — What are you wearing? –What is your name?

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