Birds are everywhere, and are a wonderful animal for children to learn about. Birds can be seen and heard every day, and can provide sensory experiences with their tickly, floating feathers and smooth, delicate eggs.
Peck Peck Peck / Lucy Cousins
A young woodpecker is taught how to peck a tree… but he doesn’t stop there! Pecking holes is too much fun, and young ones will have just as much fun following the holes that this little chap pecks into the pages. With the bright, bold illustrations and delightful rhyming prose of Lucy Cousins, this book is a real treat for story time.
Kip / Christina Booth
Poor Kip the Rooster just wants to crow, as all good roosters do. But Kip can’t crow without annoying someone in the neighbourhood! Where can poor Kip go so he can live his roostery life? And will it be too quiet when he’s gone? If you’re reading this out loud, be prepared for lots of loud crowing!
The Odd Egg / Emily Gravett
All the birds have laid an egg, except for Duck (Duck is a drake, so no surprise there!). Luckily, Duck finds the most beautiful egg in the world, though the other birds don’t really agree! We get to watch as the other eggs hatch one by one, until the final surprise when Ducks egg hatches! This is a great book for talking about baby animals, and how birds hatch from eggs (as do other animals, which you will find out).
Edward the Emu / Sheena Knowles and Rod Celement
Edward the Emu will be thirty years old next year, and there’s a good reason this book is still around! Edward gets bored of being an emu in the zoo, and decides to try being different animals instead. This book is written as a poem which is very easy to read out loud, and Rod Clements illustrations are timeless and very funny.
Fly Little Bird
Fly Little bird, fly little bird
Fly, fly, fly,
Fly little bird, fly little bird,
Fly, fly fly.
Peck little bird, peck little bird.
Tweet little bird, tweet little bird.
Hop little bird, hop little bird.
(This is a great action song that can go for as long as you can think of birdy actions!)
Old MacDonald Had farm, EIEIO,
and on that farm he had a duck, EIEIO
With a quack quack here and a quck quck there,
here a quack, there a quack, every where a quack, quack
Old Macdonald had a farm, EIEIO.
Continue with other farm birds, like chicken, rooster, owl etc.
(We sung this song after ‘The Odd Egg’, and a crocodile puppet was the last ‘bird’ to make an appearance. The kids loved it!)
Two Little Bluebirds
Two Little bluebirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill.
(Continue with green, red and yellow birds. We did this song with pictures, but it is also a classic fingerplay, bringing fingers in and out as the birds come and go.)
-Glue or sticky tape
-Fold your paper plate in half
-Cut a small yellow triangle from your yellow paper
-Colour in your paper plate
-Fold your triangle in half, and stick it slightly under one end of your plate, so it looks like a beak (See picture).
-Stick feathers under the other end of your plate, so it looks like a tail. Try not to make it too heavy on this end though! You can also add feathers to the side of the plate for wings. (Sticky tape might work best for these)
-Place your bird on a flat surface. When you nudge it, it should rock backward and forwards!
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