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Birds, birds, birds!

The theme for this week’s storytime was birds!

Early Bird by Toni Yuly

With simple geometric shapes and vibrant colors, this fun story follows Early Bird as she gets an early start to her day. Directional words such as “across,” “through,” “under,” “up,” “around,” and “over” are used as she finally finds the early worm.

Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins

On the first page, a little woodpecker has just learned to peck. He continues to peck everything he comes across! He peck-peck-pecks right through a door and then through a hat, a mat, tennis rackets, and a jacket and continues through the entire house! The preschoolers loved seeing him peck his way through the book, with actual holes in the book.

Here are some great science activities including a beak activity and how to create a bird seed buffet.

http://toddlertalesfun.blogspot.com/2012/11/week-four-woodpeckers-and-beaks.html

Here’s a printable woodpecker craft.

http://madebyjoel.com/2010/10/woodpecker.html

Froodle by Antoinette Portis

The birds in the neighborhood know what sound to make but one day little brown bird decides he wants to try something new. Crow is not amused but some of the other birds are intrigued. The birds begin to make some fun sounds that made the preschoolers laugh! The book reminds children that it’s okay to be different and sing your own tune.

I was able to share some delightful toy birds that sang their song when squeezed. The children enjoyed guessing what each bird was and imitated their song.

This site at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers many bird calls that you can listen to online.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search.aspx

The children also enjoyed the story of a baby owl titled “I’m Not Cute!”

as well as a counting book called Big Fat Hen.

Here’s a free printable of a life cycle of a bird that you can color and cut apart and put in order.

https://education.scholastic.co.uk/resources/27504

Here’s a free printable bird anatomy worksheet for learning the external parts of a bird to help identify birds.

http://layers-of-learning.com/bird-anatomy-worksheet/?platform=hootsuite

Rabbit Habits

Forever Friends by Carin Berger

Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon

After enjoying these story lines, there is a nice list of rabbit facts at http://www.brighthubeducation.com/preschool-lesson-plans/64076-bunnies-classroom-theme/ and (if you don’t know someone with a real bunny to bring to storytime) some beautiful photos of real rabbit breeds at https://www.arba.net/breeds.htm.

forever friendsrabbit's gift

This is For the Birds!

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray

Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale

The first book has a great Q and A section at the end conducted between a bird and the questioner, called “A Word with the Bird.”

The second book places birds into simple (and rhyming) categories, concluding with a who’s who of the birds pictured earlier in the book.

This would be a great opportunity to listen to bird calls online! Children might enjoy trying to imitate the sounds.

HaveYouHeardBring on the birds

Science Questions

questions-questionsQuestions, Questions by Marcus Pfister

Science is all about asking questions.  This book has many questions dealing with earth and life science which children might ask.  It’s a great place to start and gather easy non-fiction books to help answer the questions.

Every page has a beautiful illustration.

Birds/Nests

A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Jenkins

Bring in a bird nest for the children to see and touch. Talk about the different materials that make up the nest and what you can do when the birds are building nests in the spring such as leave out bright bits of yarn and string.

a nest full of eggs

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