Have You Heard the Nesting Bird

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

We’re back to learning about Things that Fly! This week was about birds.

We started out with our opening rhyme and then moved on our first story, the adorable Flight School by Lita Judge. I just read this one for the first time a few weeks ago, and I love it! It’s about a penguin who was “born with the soul of an eagle.” He wants to fly, but no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t get the hang of it. This is a really great book for predicting consequences: What will happen when Penguin tries to fly? Will his friends be able to help him? Will the feather idea work? The pictures are beautiful, especially the underwater scene. The kids loved it, too. They liked studying the pictures, and they noticed small details like the Penguin’s left behind red goggles.

After our first book, we played with some special animal dice. One soft foam die had the numbers on it, the other had the following action:

  1. FLY like a HAWK
  2. HOP like a SPARROW
  3. RUN like an OSTRICH
  4. WADDLE like a PENGUIN
  5. STAND like a FLAMINGO
  6. SWIM like an ANHINGA

Next we pretended to be birds looking for worms. Before storytime started, I hid some plastic worms in a bin of kinetic sand. I gave each kid a clothespin and explained that the clothespin was going to be like a bird beak. They worked on grasping the worms with the clothespins, which took a little practice.

Our craft was super simple this week. Balloons are always a huge hit, so I blew up a balloon for each kid and let them decorate with stickers and fuzzy yarn. Their parents drew faces on the balloons with permanent marker.

Our last book was Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray and Kenard Pak. This is a beautifully illustrated about different kinds of birds and the sounds they make. The kids liked mimicking the bird calls (or doing their own versions), and they were excited to see what the nesting bird was going to do at the end. This one has gorgeous artwork and poetic writing.

We ended with our closing rhyme.

Next week is our final Things that Fly storytime. Join us!

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