Sometimes nature study can be a little overwhelming (at least for me), but what I love about NaturExplorers is that I can use the program right in my backyard with the animals we see locally. It makes observing animals so simple and stress-free!
The same is true of Beautiful Birds. We can use the curriculum without doing a lot of planning or traveling. Once we printed it out, we could just look through to find a simple activity, head outside, and get started!
Easy and Fun Nature Study: Beautiful Birds
Birds are one of the first signs of spring approaching. Since our climate is fairly warm, all of the birds don’t leave our area in winter. But we do see flocks of them migrating to and fro during winter and early spring. So, when we start to see large groups of birds hanging out in the neighborhood, we know that spring is on the way.
And, since I cannot wait for warmer weather, I was thrilled to break out Beautiful Birds to start taking a look at what’s in this beautiful nature study unit!
Like Coping With the Cold, Beautiful Birds is a Charlotte Mason-inspired nature study curriculum.
All of the lessons, hands-on activity ideas, and notebooking pages are designed to help kids slow down, observe nature, and appreciate creation.
We’ll be sharing some of the hands-on crafts and activities soon, but for now I wanted you to have a look at the lovely notebooking pages included in Beautiful Birds.
There’s a migration mapping activity and a signs of birds scavenger hunt.
Kids can use birdwatching as an art project by drawing pictures of the birds they observe. They can also learn more about the anatomy of birds by labeling the parts of a bird.
Did you know that birds have different types of feet? I didn’t! But various species have differing styles of feet, depending on the food they hunt and the environments in which they live. As you work through the unit, kids will learn more about how these types of feet differ.
There’s also a birdwatching printable to help kids keep up with the species they spot.
Track where you spot birds with this backyard mapping activity and learn more about common bird behavior as you watch them move around!
Use this printable Venn diagram to compare bird species and challenge the kids to think of bird-inspired figures of speech for a quick ELA lesson!
Make some DIY bird feeders and then let the kids observe to see what kinds of birds flock to them!
Did you know that birds also have different types of feathers? As you learn more about them in the unit, kids can sketch the different types! And use the Flying Colors activity to have a color hunt in the sky!
Go looking for pieces of eggshells on the ground and then examine them. Then spend a little time watching birds forage for food to see how they gather it!
Personally, I loved the Bird Sayings activity. I’m a reading and literature fan, so I’m looking forward to making several copies of this activity so we can keep up with all the bird-related idioms we think of.
The Signs of Birds Nature Hunt will also be one of our favorites. Our goal is to try to spot every item on the list by the end of spring!
And for the Flying Colors activity, we’re going to see how many different colored birds we can find this year!
Beautiful Birds is truly a beautiful nature study unit for spring! Get a copy and see how it easy it is to weave nature study into your outdoor science lessons!
Plan even more fun nature study learning with these simple, hands-on ideas!
- How Animals Cope With the Cold (Easy Nature Study)
- Easy Hands-On Science: Animal Camouflage Activity Hunt
- Winter Nature Craft: Easy DIY Bird Feeders
Hugs and love ya!