10 Mar Great British Birdwatch
Holy Apostles’ pre-schoolers have been learning all about British birds as well as some from further afield! We started our topic at the end of January to coincide with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch that we take part in each year.
The children were introduced to the bird topic at carpet time; we found a live webcam stream in Wigan and set it running on our computer. The children were fascinated and even thought they needed to be quiet in case they frightened the birds away from the bird table and feeders!
Mrs Brooker had brought her book of garden birds from home and we did not have to wait long before the feeders attracted a robin, blackbirds, goldfinches, blue tits and great tits. We talked about the different coloured feathers and this set the scene for our first activity.
This took the form of some wonderful art activities for preschoolers. The children were excited to be able to make a collage picture of their favourite bird using brightly coloured feathers and glue.
Imogen was very pleased with her beautiful blue tit – she is one of our youngest pre-schoolers but was able to make her collage using the correct coloured feathers!
Rubin was really excited by the bird topic and proudly wore his kingfisher sweatshirt into pre-school so the obvious choice for him was to choose a kingfisher for his bird. He asked me why the bird does not wear a crown as its name suggests!! He made a beautiful copy of the bird and Mum says the picture is proudly displayed at home.
Hannah’s woodpecker and Josh’s robin are also very colourful additions to our wall display! Some children decided to make more exotic birds e.g. Olivia decided to make a parrot so she drew round a parrot stencil, put lots of glue on her card and then added lots of colourful feathers; she knew that parrots live in Australia!
The children reported back the next week that they had seen lots of birds in their gardens including blue tits, robins, goldfinches and even a woodpecker! This week we are making bird feeders; the pre-schoolers listened carefully to how we would make the feeders. Mrs Brooker explained the importance of feeding the birds in winter because they struggle to find food.
The children carefully spooned the birdseed into their empty yoghurt pot; we talked about what would happen to the fat if we put it in the microwave and how we had to be careful because the fat was hot. The children stirred the mixture and then packed their pot tightly and pushed a piece of string in to enable it to be hung in a bush or tree.
Here is Lottie concentrating very hard as she transfers the seeds into her yoghurt pot and then carefully mixes her seeds in the melted fat before refilling her pot!
We talked about the best place to hang our birdfeeders; the children had also made some feeders for Holy Apostles’ Pre-school and the children watched as Mrs Smith found a good place to hang our feeders! The children have really enjoyed our topic as the pictures show!
Art activities for preschoolers are just one of the ways we engage and delight our pupils with the world around them. Discover more about the activities we offer our pupils at our Cheltenham nursery and whether it would be the right fit for your child by getting in touch today.