Monday, April 13, 2015

Kid Science: Studying Bird Beaks

Now that it's spring, I feel a severe kick in the bum to start doing more nature and science themed activities with Chuck.   There's something really cool about seeing blossoms, birds, bees, and bugs (whoa- bs!) all around.  We recently visited our nearby natural history museum and Chuck spent quite a bit of time playing with a bird beak activity.  It was so simple and fun that I had to share it here!

Kid Science:  Studying Bird Beaks with Kids

kid science:  studying bird beaks - great nature and spring activity to do with younger kids!
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Ok, before we hop into the activity, here are some other fun and easy nature-themed activities to do with little kids just in case you're looking for more!

Here's how we studied bird beaks:

1.  First I showed Chuck pictures of different birds' beaks (like a pelican, crow, and wood pecker).  I explained to him how birds eat different types of food and that their beaks are shaped specific ways to help them catch their food.  

2.  Then, I showed him the different items that would represent the beaks.  (The spoon is supposed to be like a pelican's beak because it scoops.)

(Chuck's favorite tools were the kid chopsticks, wooden clothespins, and tweezers.)

everyday items that resemble bird beaks in function

3.  Then I showed him all the different types of food that that birds eat.  (By the way, if you're wondering, the rubber bands are my substitutes for rubber worms. )

toy animals for birds to eat

4.  And then he just began playing and picking things up.  It was really neat hearing him say things like "This beak is better than this one to pick up the worms."

kid science:  boy studying bird beaks by using everyday materials to pick up different "food"

5.  Once he finished the activity, I used markers to doodle birds onto our hands.

Surprisingly, he LOVED having a little bird on his hand.  He pecked with his fingers the rest of the day!

bird beaks drawn on hands

And that's it!  We had a lot of fun with this activity.  It was easy to set up and opened the door to lots of scientific discussions.

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