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Birds and Butterflies

Additional Information:






Group Activities
Adult-Child

Age level:  preschooler and an adult

Season:  Spring, Summer

Time:  1 hour

 

Topic:  Birds, Butterflies

Birds 'N Butterflies

(Program 2 of 4)

 

 

Group Activities
Adult-Child

Age level:  preschooler and an adult

Season:  Spring, Summer

Time:  1 hour

 

Topic:  Birds, Butterflies

Birds 'N Butterflies

(Program 2 of 4)

 

 

Group Activities
Adult-Child

Age level:  preschooler and an adult

Season:  Spring, Summer

Time:  1 hour

 

Topic:  Birds, Butterflies

Birds 'N Butterflies

(Program 2 of 4)

 

Materials Needed:

· Toilet paper rolls (without toilet paper on them), stickers, markers, crayons, stapler - to make  "magic Binoculars"

· Pictures of birds that live in your area, pictures of butterflies, stuffed birds, display of butterflies - old calendars often have great pictures

 

Set Up:

Prior to this session, you will need to collect cardboard toilet paper roles to make binoculars with. To get the binoculars ready staple 2 rolls together.

Procedure:

First, talk to children about birds using posters, stuffed birds, and pictures. Talk briefly about the adaptations that birds have: different beaks for eating seeds, bugs, etc; different colors for where they live; different nests, show pictures of nests and the birds that make these nests.  

Activity 1: Make Magic Binoculars (indoors)

Then explain that we are going to make our own binoculars to view birds. Hand out the cardboard binoculars and let the kids decorate them with markers, crayons, stickers, etc.

Next, explain that we can use these binoculars to look for butterflies as well.  Show posters or pictures of butterflies in your area.

Activity 2: Bird–n-Butterfly Hike (outdoors)

After the children have learned a little about birds and butterflies take them on a nature hike. They will use their new binoculars to look for birds and butterflies.  Remember to listen for bird songs, noises and look for nests.

This program is presented as a series and involves 4 one hour sessions once a month from May through August.  This series could be extended for more than 4 months or it could be held once a week, there is a lot of flexibility.  Each session has a specific theme, “Track Tricksters”, “Birds N’ Butterflies”, “Life on the Prairie” and “Wet N’ Wild Wetlands”.  These themes are for the spring/summer months and can easily be changed based on the season. For this series, parents must attend with their child.

 Activities provided by:

Linn County Conservation Board

Wickiup Hill

Outdoor Learning Center

10260 Morris Hills Rd

Toddville, IA  52341

(319) 892 – 6485

www.linncountyparks.com  

Age

3-6

 Multiple Intelligences

Bodily-Kinesthetic

Gross motor or kinesthetic development (moving, running, moving your body, jumping)

Small motor or tactual development (blocks, puzzles, sensory)

Musical

(songs, patterns, sound)

Naturalist

(understanding of the physical world, nature)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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