Place Based Preschool Winter: Bird

Birds in the Winter

This week, we ended our winter session.  Spring had essentially arrived; therefore, I thought we could think about a common symbol of spring and also think about them in winter…. birds!  We used the felt rug to build a bird body for the winter.  We talked about their fat content, scaled feet, and feathers.  We also talked about their behaviors to help them adapt to the cold.  The children were able to pretend to be a bird in the winter.  When we moved to our investigation, the children quickly made observations about birds staying warm in the winter.  Features of the feathers and nest were presented to them.

place based preschool winter 2013 033“That must be a small bird”  Emma

place based preschool winter 2013 032Carol showed the children how the feather have the “zip” feature that helps the strands lock together.

We invited them to become a bird and collect nest making materials outside.  After their investigation, they had a good idea of what they wanted to collect.  The art project was building their own nest.

place based preschool winter 2013 036We used clay for the mud ingredient of a nest.

place based preschool winter 2013 038I also wanted them to complete their imaginative bird play by creating their own egg.  First we observed pictures of wild bird eggs.  I asked the children:   “If you were a bird, what kind of egg would you have?”

I should also mention the fun the children had playing “Bluejays and Juncos”

They each used a container to hide in a designated area outdoors.  The container serves as their nest.  One child is the Bluejay that will want to take their food.  This child counts to 25 and then starts searching for the nest.  The Juncos can run to the food source (parents with beans) and collect 5 beans at a time.  They collect as many as they can in a session to put into their nest.  The whole time they are collecting, the Bluejay is stealing from them but can only take 3 beans at a time.  When the game is finished they count their beans.  Three beans is for one baby chick.  How many were they able to feed?


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