My little guy has been so excited to do nature studies. Now that the weather has been nice we’ve been able to go on many nature walks. Recently after doing a little bird watching, we decided to spend some time learning more about birds. Here are some tips for doing a bird nature study for younger children.
Bird Nature Study for Younger Children
On one of our walks we found a birds nest. My kids were so excited to see the tiny robin eggs in the nest. When we got home, they found another robin’s nest in our backyard. Over the next couple of weeks, they kept an eye on it until the baby birds hatched. This allowed us to have some great discussion about birds.
Why do they build nests? Do all birds lay eggs? How can a bird fly?
So we pulled out some books and started learning! (Here are some of my favorite bird books)
Bird Nature Study Tips for Younger Children
It can sometimes be a little difficult for younger children to go birding. It takes some patience, quiet, and good observation skills. But it can be done! Here’s what we’ve done:
Go to a Nature Center
We live pretty close to a state park, which has a bird watching station at the nature center. That was a wonderful way to observe birds with younger children. The bird watching station has a whole room of windows to observe the birds plus speakers inside the center so you can hear the birds. They had multiple types of bird feeders that attracted many different types of birds as well as squirrels, ground hogs and chipmunks.
Set up a Bird Feeder
My kids love to observe birds from the comfort of our own home! We set up a bird feeder where we could watch the birds from our front room.
Go on a Nature Walk
Though my younger kids sometimes have difficulty using binoculars, they love having them! So we bring them on our nature walks and find a quiet place to sit (usually near a pond or meadow) and see how many birds we can spot.
Nature Study Booklets
I also made him his own bird paper bag booklet. He loves it because he feels like a big kid and he’s proud of his creation. The pages in the book reinforce basic bird facts and allow for him to customize the pages as he’d like.
We even observed some feathers and were able to store them in the book! 🙂 You can put little treasures, identification cards and other momentos in the pages of the book. (See the video here to learn how to make a paper bag booklet)
You can grab your own copy of Nature Study Printables 2 or get the bundle below.
More Bird Resources
Over the years I’ve covered many bird-related crafts and activities. Check out these resources as well.
- All About Hummingbirds
- Learning About Birds: 7 Activities for Young Children
- Nature Study Printables for Young Children