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