Did you know that there are over 300 species of hummingbirds? These tiny, powerful creatures are fascinating to watch! Last year we did a hummingbird nature study. We enjoyed learning about these tiny creatures!
Make a Hummingbird Feeder
One of the first activities we did was to make “nectar” for our hummingbird feeder. We added 4 parts water to 1 parts sugar in a pan and heated it until it was boiling and the sugar was dissolved. We let it cool before pouring into our feeder.
My girls were excited to hang it in our tree by the window. I had to tell my 5 year old that she might not be able to climb that tree as much. 🙂 On our to-do list is to also plant a hummingbird garden.
Learning About Hummingbirds
We learned many facts about hummingbirds and made a paper bag hummingbird nature journal. Did you know that hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards? We’re also trying to keep track of what time of day we see our hummingbird— morning, afternoon, or evening.
We enjoyed reading Little Green afflink (geared more toward toddlers but it is a cute book suitable for pre-k/1st grade too. ) We still plan on doing the painting activity that is listed in that book! 🙂 We also played a hummingbird game. We had water bottle flowers in the backyard and my little hummingbirds had to fly to their color water bottle and get nectar.
I created all the printables for our hummingbird unit and thought others might enjoy this hummingbird nature study too. There are over 20 pages of printables and activities included. I did all the work so that you can just print and go!
These are just a few of the activities we did. What I love about nature studies is that it is never over. Every time we look out our window and see a little hummingbird it brings the opportunity for more observations, questions, and conversations.