- Cristi Wuenschel
Learning About Birds with Preschoolers
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We're still working on our Birds & Eggs theme this month from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).
We've done so many fun hands-on activities this week including Wing Process Art, Letter M Tracks, and even Bird Claws Literacy.
Keep reading to learn even more about these wonderful bird-themed preschool activities!
This week's topics were all about Bird Parts: Head & Beak, Body, Wing, Feet & Claws, and of course Tail.
Our Wing Invitation to Create Process Art Activity was the perfect opportunity for the children to get creative and practice fine motor skills.
The preschoolers were given an Inspiration Photo of a bird wing as well as supplies to make their own.
I've always loved the prompts that are included with the process art activities. For this activity, we explored the following and more:
What do you notice about the wing in the photo? How do you think a real wing feels to the touch?
Will you cut the paper into a wing shape?
Will you glue feathers onto your wing?
The following day, there were two more favorite activities that focused on literacy skills.
For the Letter M Tracks activity, Experience Early Learning sent us an adorable beginning sounds coloring page. The children practiced identifying items that begin with the /m/ sound and then coloring them.
We get new pages with new letters in each month's preschool curriculum kit and they're perfect for practicing letter recognition and fine motor skills.
The children love these pages and Experience Early Learning includes so many amazing ideas for using them in fun and unique ways.
Another favorite literacy activity this week was the Bird Claws Table Top Literacy. These play-based activities are a great way to introduce new skills in a fun and hands-on way.
We used plastic eggs and wrote uppercase and lowercase letters on scrap pieces of paper.
The preschoolers were encouraged to open the eggs with their hands "bird claws" and identify the letters and whether or not they're uppercase or lowercase.
Last, but not least, the children sorted the letters on our letter mats, which meant even more practice with early literacy skills.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) as we continue learning about Birds & Eggs!