If you’re learning about birds this spring, use these ideas to set up a bird investigation table to invite your children to explore, wonder, and learn about birds.
Learning about birds investigation table
Bird Investigation Table
The idea of an investigation table is to gather together a few resources for your children, to catch their interest and spark some wondering. You can use an investigation to support something your children are interested in, to go alongside something you have seen elsewhere, and to add additional resources to something you are learning about.
How to make a bird discovery centre
:: pictures of birds, both ones you see locally and exotic ones. You might use your own photographs, prints, postcards, cuttings from magazines, your own bird crafts, or the printable bird puppets that you’ll find in the Eggs and birds Unit
:: a bird ID book
:: a bird magazine – the RSPB have versions for younger children and teenagers
:: eggs – plastic and toys ones are easy to get hold of and let children handle them easily. You could also have a hen or duck egg to look at. (Don’t take any eggs from the wild.)
:: a nest – you can find nest decorations in lots of shops around Easter time. Although it’s wonderful to see a real nest, I would never take one from the wild. Even if it looks abandoned it may be used in the following year, so best to just use eyes to look at a wild nest – you could get a closer look with binoculars – and have a pretend nest for your children to handle, or watch this video
:: a selection of nest-building materials such as twigs, moss and grass
:: a selection of feathers, gathered on your nature walks
:: a magnifying glass to look up-close at your finds
:: paper, pens, and paints so you can make notes and sketches of what you find – and the questions you are wondering about – to go in your nature journals
Download all the Spring units and printables
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