Materials Needed: One large and one small paper plate for each child for the head and body of bird (or you can cut out or draw and have the children cut out their own circles); various colors of paint; paintbrushes; scissors; white glue; one 6-inch or so piece of pipe cleaner for each child; feathers; wiggly eyes
The children paint the head and body. When dry, add wiggly eyes and feathers for tail and wings. Use pipe cleaner piece to hang.
Materials Needed: brown lunch bags; newspaper; paper to make eyes and feet and beaks; glue
The children loosely stuff the bags with newspaper. Close the top of the bag (put tops together) and then fold outside corners into middle to make a point at the top, and then fold the point down (the bag now has a flat top, like an owl head shape).
The children cut out their own owl eyes, beaks and feet and glue to bag.
EXTENSION: Provide paint for children to paint their owls before added eyes.
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Five Little Birds Fingerplay
Five Little Birds in a nest in a tree (hold up one hand)
Are as hungry as can be.
"Tweet" said baby bird number one (wiggle one finger)
Mommy bird promised she would come.
"Tweet, tweet" said baby bird number two (wiggle 2nd finger)
If she doesn't, what shall we do?
"Tweet, tweet, tweet" said baby bird number three (wiggle 3rd finger)
I hope that she can find our tree.
"Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet" said baby bird number four (wiggle 4th finger)
She has never been this late before.
"Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet" said baby bird number five (wiggle 5th finger)
Will our Mommy EVER arrive?
Oooooh! Look! Here she comes to feed her family (use other hand to "fly" to baby bird hand)
And all the baby birds were as happy as could be!
Little Red Hen
In advance, make or print out character pictures of the characters from this story. After reading the story once, have the children help act it out. Add these pictures to the Library with the book for the children to use later in the day.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Add birdseed, funnels, measuring cups, spoons, small bowls, etc. to your sand table.
Well, why not? Add dirt and night crawlers to the table. I had to limit this to only 2 children at a time so the worms were not disected. Provide spoons, sticks and magnifying glasses for the children to check them out. Also add little bowls for the children to put them in to get a better look.
A teacher once told me that she did this outside her classroom window!
She placed a few plungers into the ground and added water to a few of them and bird seed to the others and they actually had birds come to it all day!
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