One of the most beautiful times of the year is when birds begin chirping and flower buds begin to bloom. While you are home with your child, take the time to be outside as often as possible! Nature is our greatest classroom. Studies show that outdoor learning delivers many benefits including: reducing stress, boosting concentration, and improving moods.
As the season changes many birds are returning…or laying eggs! In the early morning, dozens of birds can be heard singing outside. Head out and see how many birds you can find! Lois Ehlert’s book, Feathers for Lunch, is a great read aloud for this activity. It highlights several of our local bird species. Not seeing too many? Make some bird feeders to attract more feathered friends.
DIY Bird Watching Binoculars
- 2 toilet paper tubes
- Scotch tape
- Place toilet tubes side by side and stretch tape around them to hold them together.
- Use yarn to wrap around tubes…as much as you’d like! Secure yarn with a knot (or tape, or glue…whatever works for you!).
- Using a pen or hole puncher, poke a hole through the tubes: one on the left, and one on the right, and attach yarn so you can hang it around your neck.
*Don’t have yarn? Decorate with stickers or markers.